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Guardians over the generations and centuries of the 1760 deed of Robert Livingston, 3rd Lord of the Manor to Johannes Rau/John Rowe
This Indenture made the second day of November in the thirty-fourth year of the reign of George II of Great Britain, Anno Domini One thousand seven hundred and sixty. Between Robert Livingston Junior Lord of the Manor of Livingston in the County of Albany in the Colony of New York and Mary his wife of the one part. And Johannes Row Junior of the North East Precinct in Dutchess County in the colony of New York aforesaid of the second part. Witnesseth that the said Robert Livingston Junior and Mary his wife for and in consideration of the sum of 750 pounds current money of New York to them in hand paid by the said Johannes Row Junior at or before the ensealing and delivery of these presents the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged. Hath granted, bargained, sold, alienated, enscossed, released and confirmed and by these presents doth fully freely clearly and absolutely grant, bargain, sell, alien, enscoss, release and confirm unto the said Johannes Row Junior (in his actual possession now being by virtue of a bargain and sale to him thereof made for one whole year by Indenture bearing date the day next before the day of the date of these presents and by force of the statute for transferring into possession) and to his heirs and assigns for ever.
All that certain lott of land situate, lying and being in the Upper or Little Nine Partners Tract of Land, situate, lying and being in the North East Precinct in Dutchess County and known and distinguished by Lott Number Twenty Two. Beginning at two small iron wood saplings marked with three notches on four sides standing upon a rising bank in the south east corner of Lott Number Twenty One. Runs thence north one hundred and thirty three chains to a black oak tree marked with three notches on four sides and XXI on the west side and XXII on the east side, then east sixty eight chains fifty links to a stake with stones set about it standing on a high knoll where a chestnut oak tree marked with three notches on four sides and XXIII on the East side and XXII on the west side stands south seventeen degrees west forty five links from the said stake then south one hundred and thirty thee chains to a stake with stones set about it where a small red oak tree marked with three notices on four sides stands south eighteen links from the stake and then west sixty eight chains fifty links to the place of beginning containing nine hundred and eleven acres.
Together with trees, woods, underwoods, water, water courses, stones, quarries the one half of all mines and minerals of the other half of all the mines and minerals and oars always excepted and reserved unto the said Robert Livingston Junior his heirs and assigns for ever. And the reversion and reversions remainder and remainders rents issues and profits thereof and also all the estate right title interest dower right and title of dowry property possession claim and demand whatsoever of them the said Robert Livingston Junior and Mary his wife of in as to the same or any part or parcel thereof.
To have and to hold the hereby bargained and released [premises] (excepting the one half of all mines as before excepted unto the said Johannes Row Junior his heirs and assigns to the only proper use benefit and behoof of the said Johannes Row Junior his heirs and assigns for ever.
And they the said Robert Livingston Junior and Mary his wife for themselves and their heirs the hereby released premises unto the said Johannes Row Junior his heirs and assigns against them the said Robert Livingston Junior and Mary his wife their heirs and assigns and against all and every person or persons wherever claiming or to claim the same shall and will warrant and for ever defend by these presents,
Lastly the quit rents to become due, the hereby released premises Shall be chargeable with and to be paid by the said Johannes Row Junior his heirs and assigns. In Witness whereof the parties to these present Indenture have hereunto interchangeably set their hands and seals the day and year above written.