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This Indenture made this second day of May in the Year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and Eighty five Between the honorable Hector St. John Esquire Consul of his most christian Majesty for the States of New York Connecticut and new Jersey and non residing in the City of New York of the one part and Thomas Moffatt of the County of Orange Esquire of the other part witnesseth that the said Hector St. John for and in Consideration of the Sum of Five Shillings Current money of the State of New York to him well and duly paid by the said Thomas Moffatt at or before the Ensealing and delivery of these presents the receipt, where of is hereby acknowledged Hath granted bargained sold aliend released and Confirmed and by these presents doth grant bargain sell alien release and confirm unto the said Thomas Moffatt his Executors administrator assigns all that Tract of Land lying and being in in the patent of Waywayanda in the County of Orange in the State of New York and is part of a farm or tract of Land laid out under right of Daniel Crommeline known by the name of Grey Court and in a certain deed or Indenture thereof bearing date the twelfth day of December in the Year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and sixty nine made between James Nesbit and Phebe his Wife of the one part and the said Hector St. John by the name of Hector St. John of Ulster County and province of New York Gentleman of the other part, described and bounded as follows to wit beginning as a heap of Stones in the North West corner of Josiah Gilberts Eastermost lott in which he lives in the North line of the said Crommeline tract thence running North Eighty seven degrees West, as the line of the said tract runs to the Brook twenty six Chains to the said Gilberts Westermost Lot thence South along the said Lot twenty seven degrees east to the river seventy two Chains thence Northerly as the River runs about twenty Chains to the first mentioned Lots of the said Josiah Gilbert, thence North along the said Lot North twenty degrees West forty nine Chains the the place of beginning containing one hundred and twenty acres more or less which said recited deed indenture or release is herewith delivered to the said Thomas Moffatt together with the to wit To have and to hold all and singular the said Tract of Land and premisses? with the appurtenances unto the said Thomas Moffatt his Executors administrators and assigns from the day of the date of these presents for and during and unti? the full end and Term of one Year from thence next ensueing and fully to be complete and Ended Yielding and paying therefore unto the said Hector St. John the rent of one pepper Corn if the same shall be lawfully demanded to the intent that by virtue of these presents and by force of the Statute made for transferring uses into possession th the said Thomas Moffat may be in the actual possession of all and singular the said tract of Land and premisses above bargained and Sold with the appurtenances and therby enabled to accept and take a grant and release of the Freehold reversion and Inheritance thereof to him and his heirs to the only proper use and behoof of the said Thomas Moffat his heirs and afsigns for ever In witness whereof the parties to these presents have here unto set their hand and Seal the day and year above written
St John [seal] de Crevecoeur
|Title||Hector St. John / Michel-Guillaume Jean de Crevecoeur deed to Thomas Moffatt|
|Description||Hector St. John (Michel-Guillaume Jean de Crevecoeur) formally sells his Pine Hill Farm, which he bought in 1769, to Thomas Moffatt. During the American Revolution, he refused to take up arms against the British. Therefore, he was suspected of being a Loyalist and was expelled to British held New York City. The British immediately jailed him as a rebel spy along with one son. After some time, he was allowed passage to Britain, then France. Following the war, he returned as the French Counsul to New York. His wife had died during his absence, his farm destroyed and his other children where gone.|
His friend and neighbor Col. Woodhull had arraigned for the children to be taken into the custody and safety of friends in New England, where the sigma of the Loyalist accusations where unknown. The family members reestablished contact, but some of the children elected to continue their lives in their new homes. de Crevecoeur is credited with introducing lima beans, alfalfa and other innovations to American agriculture on this farm that he called Pine Hill. His book "Letters from an American Farmer" was a literary success and was the first to describe to Europeans, using many American terms, life on the American frontier. He portrayed the American Dream with principles of equal opportunity and self-determination. He went on to author several other renowned books.
de Crevecoeur's Pine Hill farm occupied a portion of what was once Daniel Crommelin's 3,066 acre Gray Court Planation ( described in an 1720 indenture: http://www.hrvh.org/u?/chs,1293).
Crommelin, Daniel, 1647-1725
de Crevecoeur, Michel Guillaume Jean Hector St. John, 1731-1813
Prevost, John Bartow
|Location||Chester (Town) - Orange County - New York|
Business & Industry
|Format.Original||Document, Business, 18 by 13 in. (45.8 x 33 cm)|
|Publisher.Digital||Chester Historical Society|
|Holding Institution||Chester Historical Society|
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