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GEORGE the Third by the Grace of God of Great Britain, France and Ireland KING, Defender of the Faith and so Forth.
To all to whom these Presents shall come, GREETING,
Know ye, the We, of our special Grace, certain knowledge and mere motion, have given and granted, and by these Presents for us, our Heirs and Successors, do give and grant unto Benoni D’Entrement, Paul D’Entrement, Joseph D’Entrement, Abel Dusiont, Isidore Asmiros, Jacques Asmiros, Paul Dusiont, Joseph Asmiros, Isidore Dousses, Isidore Bellivos, L’Ange Asmiros, Charles Bellivos, Josheph Bellivos, Peletiah Goodwin, Nathan Goodwin, Walter Larkin, John Larkin & William Larkin in severalty and in severalty, unto their and every of their several and respective Heirs and Assigns, Two certain Tracts of Land, Containing together in the whole, Five thousand seven hundred Acres in the County of Queens County, in our Province of Nova Scotia, bounded and Abutted Situate laying and being, as follows to wit, One tract Beginning at the Northern bound of Land, Granted Peletiah Goodwin at the Head of Pubnico Harbour, thence to run north twenty five degrees west, Eighty Chains of four rods each, thence South Sixty five degrees west to the Sea Shore, thence to be bounded by the several Courses of the Sea Shore, running Southerly and Easterly to the Entrance of the said Harbour, thence running northerly up the said Harbour to the bound first mention’d, Containing Three thousand, Exclusive of eight hundred Acres, heretofore Granted and Excepted out of this tract, Also another Tract Situate on the said Harbour and Beginning, on the lower bound Land, Granted Michael Belliveaux on the East side of the said Harbour, thence to run South Eighty degrees East, One hundred and Sixty Chains, thence South Ten Degrees West, One hundred and Sixty eight Chains, thence north Eighty degrees West to the Harbour, thence by the harbour to the bounds first mentioned, Containing Two thousand seven hundred Acres, & Containing in both Tracts five thousand Seven hundered Acres with Allowance for Roads &c and being all Wilderness Land.
And hath such Shape, form, and Marks, as appears by a Plate thereof hereunto annexed; together with all Woods, Underwoods, Timber and Timber Trees, Lakes, Ponds, Fishings, Waters, Water Courses, Profit, Commodities, Appurtenances, and Hereditaments whatsoever thereunto belonging or in any Wise appertaining; together also with Privilege of Hunting, Hawking, and Fowling in and upon the same, and Mines and Minerals; SAVING and reserving NEVERTHELESS to us, our Heirs and Successors, all white Pine Trees if any shall be found growing thereon, and also SAVING and reserving to us, our Heirs and Successors all Mines and Gold, Silver, Copper, Lead and Coals, TO HAVE AND TO HOLD the said Parcel or Tract of Five thousand and Seven Hundred Acres of Land and all and singular other Premises hereby granted unto the said Several and Respective Grantees in the lots Shares Quantities and proportions, and in severalty as follows to wit, Unto the said Benoni D’Entrement four hundred Acres, Paul D’Entrement four hundred & fifty Acres, Joseph D’Entrement five hundred & fifty Acres, Abel Dusiont, five hundred Acres, Isidore Asmiros three three hundred Acres, Jacques Asmiros, Two hundred Acres, Paul Dusiont, Joseph Asmiros and Isidore Dousses, One hundred Acres severally apiece, unto the said Isidore Bellivos, four hundred Acres, unto the said L’Ange Asmiros five hundred and fifty Acres, unto the said Nathan Goodwin three hundred and fifty Acres, unto the said Walter Larkin, six hundred and fifty Acres, unto the said John Larkin, and William Larkin, One hundred Acres severally apiece, and unto their and each and every of their several and Respective.
Heirs or Assigns YIELDING and PAYING therefor unto us, our Heirs and Successors, or to our Receiver General for the Time being, or to his Deputy or Deputies for the Time being Yearly, that is to say, at the Feast of Saint Michael in every Year at the Rate of Two Shillings for every Hundred Acres, and so in Proportion according to the quantities of Acres hereby granted; the same to commence and be payable from the said Feast of Saint Michael which shall first happen after Expiration of Two Years from the Date hereof PROVIDED always and this present Grant is upon Condition that the said Several and respective Grantees & their several & Respective Heirs or Assigns shall and do within three Years after the Date hereof for every Fifty Acres of Plantable Land herby granted, clear and work three Acres at least in that part thereof as respectively he or they shall judge most convenient and advantageous; or also to clear and drain three Acres of Swampy or Sunken Ground, or drain three Acres of Marsh, if any such contained therein. AND shall and do within the Time aforesaid, put and keep upon every Fifty Acres therefor, accounted Barren, three neat Cattle, and continue the same thereon, until three Acres for every Fifty Acres be fully cleared and improved, and if there shall be no part of the said Tract fit for present Cultivation without Manuring and Improving the same, as respective he or they within the Time aforesaid shall be obliged to erect on some Part of his or their said Respective land Dwelling House, to be at least Twenty Feet in Length and Sixteen Feet in Breadth, And to put on his or their said Respective Land the like Number of three Neat Cattle for every Fifty Acres or otherwise if any part of the said Tract shall be Stony or Rocky Ground, and not fit for Planting or Pasture, shall and do within three Years as aforesaid, begin to employ thereon and continue to work for three Years then next ensuing, in digging any stony Quarry or Mine, one good and able hand for every Fifty Acres, it shall be accounted a sufficient Cultivation, and Improvement; PROVIDED also that every three Acres that shall be cleared and worked, or cleared and drained as aforesaid, shall be accounted a sufficient Seating, Cultivation and Improvement to save forever from Foreiture Fifty Acres of Land in any part of the Tract hereby granted; and the said Respective several Grantees and their said respective Heirs and Assigns be at liberty to withdraw his or their stock, or forbear working in any Quarry or Mine, in Proportion to such Cultivation and Improvements, as shall be made upon the Plantable Lands, Swamps, Sunken Grounds or Marsh therein contained; AND if the said Rent hereby reserved shall happen to be in arrear or unpaid for the Space of One Year from the Time it shall become due, and no Distress can be found on the said land, Tenements and Hereditaments hereby Granted, or if this Grant shall not be duly Registered in the Registers Office of our said Province within Six Months from the Date hereof, and a Docket also entered in the Auditors Office of the same, then this Grant shall be void, and the said Lands, Tenements and Hereditaments hereby granted, and every Part and Parcel thereof shall revert to us, our Heirs and Successors; AND PROVIDED also, and upon this further Condition, that if the Land hereby Given and Granted to the said Several & Respective Grantees and his or their Respective Heirs as aforesaid shall at any Time or Times hereafter come unto the Possession and Tenure of any Person or Persons, whatever Inhabitants of our said Province of Nova-Scotia, either by Virtue of any Deed of Sale, Conveyance, Enfoeffment, or Exchange, or by Gift, Inheritance, Descent, Devise, or Marriage, such Person or Persons being Inhabitants as aforesaid, shall within Twelve Months after his, her, or their Entry and Possession of the same, take the Oaths, prescribed by law, and make and subscribe the following Declaration, that is to say “I _____ do promise and declare, that I will maintain and defend to the utmost of my Power, the Authority of the King in his Parliament as the Supreme Legislature of this Province” before some one of the Magistrates of the said Province, and such Declaration and Certificate of the Magistrate that such Oaths have been taken, being recorded in the Secretary’s Office of the said Province, The Person or Persons so taking the Oaths aforesaid, and making and subscribing the said Declaration, shall be deemed the lawful Possessor or Possessors of the Lands hereby granted: AND in case of Default on the part of such Person or Persons in taking the Oaths, and making and subscribing the Declaration within Twelve Months as aforesaid, This present Grant, and every Part thereof, shall and We do hereby declare the same to be Nul and Void to all Intents and Purposes, and the Lands heredy Granted and every Part and Parcel thereof, shall in like manner revert to and become vested to Us, our Heirs and Successors, any Thing herein contained to the Contrary Notwithstanding.
GIVEN under the Great Seal of our Province of Nova-Scotia, WITNESS our Trusty and Welbeloved John Parr Esquire Our Captain General and Governor in chief in and over our said Province this 5th Day of November in the Year of our LORD One thousand Seven Hundred and Eighty four. And in the Twenty fifth Year of our Reign.
Nova Scotia Halifax
Registered 21 April 1785
Ar Goolo Regr
Sign’d in Council
By His Excellencys Command