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Grant of Land From The Lords Proprietors to

Benjamin Simons, 7 May 1709

WHEREAS His Excellency William Lord Craven Palatine John Lord Carteret
Maurice Ashly Esqr John Colleton Barrt. & the rest of the true & absolute Lords
& Proprietors of Carolina, By their Commission & under their hands & seals
bearing date this eighth day of March Anno Domini 170- [1704] Have empowered
us the Right Honble Sr. William Johnson Knt. Governor: of South & North
Carolina The Honble Nicholas Trott Thos. Broughton Robt. Gibbs Henry Noble
& John Ashby Esqrs or any of them to give and grant land whose names are
hereunder written Do for an.d in consideration of the Sum of seventy pounds
current money to our Receiver Genl in hand paid Give and Grant unto Benjamin
Simmons a Plantatzon containing One Thousand acres of Land English Measure
now in the possession of the said Benjamin Simmons situate & lying in Berkley
County and butting & bounding as appears by a plot thereof hereunto annexed To
Have and Hold the said plantation to The said Benjamin Simmons his heirs and
assigns for Ever in Free and Common Soccage with the privilege of hawking
hunting fishing & fowling within bounds of the same with all woods and trees &
waters thereon standing & Growing or therein being or thereunto by any manner of
ways or means belonging or in any wise appertaining wtsoever Except all Royal
Mines & Quarrys of Gemms & precious stones & one sixth part of all base mines
after these same be Digged & washed & one Tenth part of the Same when & after
Refined he or they Yielding& Paying therefor yearly to the Lords Proprietors their
heirs or assigns or to their Receivers by them or the Maj or part of them
authorized on every first of Xber after Xber 1709 after ye rate of Ten Shillings
and or the value thereof in such Commodities & at such prices as are ascertained
by Directions of an Act Entitled an Act to ascertain ye prices of Lands & the
forms of Conveyance & the manner for Recovery of Rents for Lands & the prices
of the Several Commodities the sums may be paid in Lieu of & for all Manner of
Service due to the Lords proprietor and Lords of the Fee Given under the Great
Seal appointed for that purpose at Charles Town the seventh Day of May Anno
Domini 1709 [endorsed]

The Lords Proprietors
          to                   } Granted for 1000 acres
  Benjamin Simons            of Land in Berkley County
                      Date      7 May 1709

[A memorial of Five Hundred acres of Land bequeathed to Samuel Simons son of
Benjamin Simons was entered in the auditor's office the 18th day of April 1733]

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