I obtained a copy of a deed for Nicholas Rideout, from a copy of the deed (book info follows), obtained from the Lincoln County Town Hall, Maine. I have a second deed that I haven't transcribed yet, where Nicolas sold this same parcel of land, the wording is almost exactly the same. I'll post that later.
KEY: If there is a (?) after a word, I've tried to interpret the word as best I could. If there is a (?) in place of the word, I was unable to decipher it at all:
Book 3, pages 69 & 70 - Fanieul to Rideout
To All People to whome these Presents shall come, greeting.
Know ye that - Benjamin Fanueil of Boston Esquire, James M. Cobb of Georgetown Gentleman, William Lithgow of a Place called Fort Hallifax on Kennebunk River, Esquire, and Sarah his wife, Arthur Noble of Boston, Mariner, all belonging to the Province of the Massachusetts Bay in New England for and in Consideration of the sum of thirty eight pounds two shillings and eight pence to us in Hand before the consealing(?) hereof, will and truly paid by Nicholas Rideout of Georgetown in the County of York and Province aforesaid, shipwright, the receipt whereof we do hereby acknowledge, and ourselves therewith fully satisfied and contented; and thereof, and of every part and parcel thereof, do exonerate, acquit and discharge him the said Nicolas Rideout, his heirs, executor and administrators, forever by these presents: Have given, granted bargained, sold, assigned(?), conveyed and confirmed; and by these presents, do freely, fully and absolutely give grant, bargain, sell, assign(?), convey and confirm, unto him this said Nicolas Rideout, his heirs and assigns forever, a Certain Lot of Land lying in Georgtown, aforesaid at a place called Small Point, containing one hundred acres bounded as followeth viz(?) southerly at a stake two(?) to the Northward of said Rideout southern fence thence running 56 1/4 D.(?) to the Great Salt Marsh bounded by said Salt Marsh till it makes 64(?) (?) on a west 56 1/4 D. North course to a stake to the northward of said Rieouts house thence by the water side as the shore runs, to the first mentioned stake - Together with six acres of salt marsh in the great Salt Marsh being lot Number 4, bounded Westerly by the upland Northerly by Lot Number 3 and Easterly by the upland and Southerly by Lot Number: 5 -
To have and to hold the said granted and bargained(?), with all the appointances(?), privileges and commodities to the same belonging, or in any wise appertaining to the said Nicholas Rideout, his heirs and assigns forever. To this and their only proper use(?), benefit and behoof forever. And wether(?) said Benjamin Faneuil, James M. Cobb, William Lithgow, Sarah Lithgow and Arthur Noble for ourselves, our heirs, executors, and administrators, do covenant promised and grant to and with the said Nicolas Rideout his heir and assigns, that before the Assealing(?) hereof, we are the true, sole and lawful owner of the above bargained premises, and are lawfully (?) and (?) of the same in our own proper might as a good profit and absolute estate of inheritance in (?) simple: And have in ourselves good bight(?), full power and lawful authority, to grant, bargain sell, convey and confirm said bargained premises in manner aforesaid: And that he this Nicolas Rideout - his heirs and assigns, shall and may from time to time, and at all times forever hereafter, by force and virtue of these presents, lawfully, peaceably and quietly have, hold, use, occupy, (?) and enjoy the said (?) and bargained premises, with the (?) free and clear, and freely and clearly accquitted, exonerated and discharged of, from all and all manner of former or other gifts, grants, bargains, sales, leases, mortgages, wills, entails, jointure, dowries, (?), executions, or incumbrances of what Name or Nature forever, that might in any measure of degre obstruct or make void this present deed.
Furthermore, we the said Benjamin Fanueil, James M. Cobb, William Lithgow, Sarah Lithgow and Arthur Noble for ourselves, our heirs, executors, administrators, do covenant and engage the above demised premises to him the said Nicolas Rideout his heirs and assigns, agains thte lawful claims or demand of any person or persons whatsover, forever here after to warrant, seizure and defend by the presents. -
In withness whereof, we have let our hand and seals this the twenty seventh day of December one thousand seven hundred and fifty eight. Benjamin Faneuil and aseale(?), James M. Cobb and aseale(?), Arhtur Noble and aseale(?), William Lithgow and aseale(?), Sarah Lithgow and aseale(?), Signed, sealed, and delivered in presence of Peter Faneuil, William Browne(r ?), Boston December 7, 1758 Suffolk (?) (?) Benjamin Faneuil, James M. Cobb and Arthur Noble personally appeared and acknowledged the within written instrument to be there free and voluntary act and deeed before me, Joseph Dowse(?) Jus' Peace, January 30, 1760 this day we the subscribed (?) La? William Lithgow Esquire and Sarah his wife sign seal and deliver the within insturment and at the time we heard the said gentlewoman acknowledge that the words (and Sarah his wife) is the fourth line was (?) by her free consent as witnessed our hand Samuell Denny(?) James Howard - York (?) January 30, 1760, Then William Lithgow Esquire and Sarah his wife personally appeared and acknowlege the within written instrument to be their act and deed before me Samuell Dinny(?) Just. Peace - Lincoln, Pownalborough(?) June 7, 1763 - Received and accordingly entered and (?). (?) Jon. Bowman(?)
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