Harlan R. Jessup
The photocopied land records of Newtown, Connecticut, omit all but the deeds
themselves, and indexes, vital records, and other items of interest are
The omitted material in the front and back of the original books
include a number of cautions addressed to the town clerk, warning him not to
record certain conveyances.
And the language of a few of these makes for interesting reading.
Vol. 13, back - 3 September 1784 - Personally appeared Samuel Adams and
Protested against and entered his Caution against the Town Clerk's Recording
or Entering for
Record a Deed of Conveyance of Land from him to Truman
Sherman, as he suposes by Reason of his Extreem Deafness the Deed contains
contents very contrary to his Intention and
that the Supplies on his part is farr short of the said Trumans Engagements to me.
Vol. 13, back - 4 September 1786 - To Caleb Baldwin, Esqr, Town Clerk for the Town of Newtown. We the subscribers do hereby Declare & Protest against
for Record or Recording any Deed or conveyance of lands in
favour of Martin Kellogg as it is thought unsafe to admit ye sd Kellogg as
an Inhabitant in sd Town of Newtown.
/s/ Ebenr Smith
Davd Baldwin, Selectmen
Vol. 15, back - 13 April 1789 - We the subscribers having taken into
consideration the Childish Aged Cituation of our honoured Parent Benjamin
Stillson, do think proper and do hereby forbid
any kind of writing, Deed,
bill, bond or any other kind of riteing being entered for or on record
without our notis.
/s/ Benjamin Stillson, Junr