1814: Indenture between Daniel Ferguson, Jr. & Levi Catlin, Broome County, NY

Daniel Ferguson, a Revolutionary War Veteran, was an early resident of Tioga County, New York. He and his wife, the former Hannah Jackson, came to Tioga County about 1802 when it was still a part of Broome County and settled near Nichols, New York. They had at least ten children, one of whom was named Daniel Jr., born about 1790 (?) in Litchfield County, Connecticut.

I believe the Levi Catlin selling this property was born about 1785 and died in 1869.


Left Side Indenture


Right Side Indenture


Recording of Indenture


Payoff Record of Indenture


This Indenture, made the twenty ninth day of June in the year of our Lord, One Thousand Eight Hundred and fourteen [1814] between Daniel Ferguson, Jr., of the Town of Owego, County of Broome & State of New York and Polly, his wife of the first part, and Levi Catlin of the same place of the second part, Witnesseth, That the said parties of the first part, for and in consideration of the sum of Six hundred & thirty five Dollars and Seventy Six Cents Current Money of the United States, to them in hand paid, the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged, have granted, bargained, sold, released, enfoeffed and confirmed; and by the presents do grant, bargain, sell, release, enfeoff and confirm unto the said party of the second part, and to his Heirs and Assigns, forever ALL that certain piece or parcel of land, situate, lying and being in the Town, County & State aforesaid, in McMaster half Township so called & bounded as follows: beginning at the south-easterly corner of lot number twelve, thence north twelve degrees & forty five minutes East, eighteen chains and eight links, thence North Seventy Seven degrees fifteen minutes west, Seventy four chains & ten links to the Owego Creek, thence down the Easterly side of said creek to the northerly side of the mill yard, thence South Seventy one degrees, twenty minutes East, five chains & fifty links to a beech tree, thence South Thirty four degrees West, two chains and twenty links to a stake on the north side of a cherry tree, thence South Twenty Seven degrees fifteen minutes East, thirty four chains and ninety four links to a stake, thence South twelve degrees forty five minutes West, nine chains and four links to a stake, thence South Seventy Seven degrees fifteen minutes East forty chains and sixteen links to the place of beginning, containing one hundred and six acres and sixty two hundredths of an acre of land — to have and to hold, the above bargained premises, to the said party of the second part, his Heirs and Assigns, to the sole and only proper use, benefit and behoof of the said party of the second part, his Heirs and Assigns forever. Provided always, and these presents are on this express condition, that if the said Daniel Ferguson, his heirs and assigns, pay the said Levi Catlin, his Heirs, Executors, Administrators, or Assigns, the sum of Six Hundred and thirty five dollars and Seventy Six cents, in four equal annual payments from the fifteenth day of June instant, with interest on the whole till paid, then these presents shall cease and be null and void: But in case of non-payment of the said Six hundred thirty five dollars and Seventy Six Cents with the interest or any part thereof, at the time above limited for the payment thereof, then and in such case, it may be lawful for the said party of the second part…to grant, bargain, sale, release and convey the said premises…at public auction or vendue…

In witness whereof, the parties to these presents have hereunto interchangeably set their hands and seals the day and year first above written.  [Signed] Daneiel Ferguson Jr. and Polly Ferguson

On reverse side of deed:

On the twenty-ninth day of June in the year 1814, before me William Platt, Master in Chancery, personally appeared Daniel Ferguson & Polly, his wife, and severally acknowledged that they freely signed, sealed, and delivered the within instrument…

William Platt, Master in Chancery

Broome County

Received for registering July 7, 1814 at 4 o’clock P.M. Registered and the power of sale recorded in Broome County Book of Mortgages No. 1, pages 513 & 514.

William Woodruff, Clerk


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