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  • THE LAND/SLAVE DEEDS
  • AFFIDAVIT REGARDING INDENTURES OF BARGAIN AND SALE
  • INDENTURE OF RELEASE OF ROSEBANK COTTON PLANTATION
  • INDENTURE OF RELEASE OF CAMDEN ESTATE
  • THE SURVEYING AND DIVISION OF THE NEUTRAL ISLANDS
  • INDENTURE OF RELEASE OF PLANTATION LOT SANDY POINT

THE LAND/SLAVE DEEDS

The collection consists of four sets of Land/Slave Deeds, 1768 - 1819. Some are on vellum and some on parchment. These were purchased in the early 1960's from an English antique dealer by the Carnegie Free Library, San Fernando. They were kept in the main vault of the Library until they were transferred to the NALIS headquarters in Port of Spain in the year 2000. In September 2001, they were housed in the National Archives of Trinidad and Tobago, where conservation and restorative work was carried out. The National Archives is at present the custodian of these documents. They have been retained in their original order.

THE DOCUMENTS CONSISTS OF:

  • Affidavit regarding Indentures of Bargain and Sale and Release by Campbell Mackintosh in the presence of William Inglis Esq. Chief Magistrate;
  • Indenture of Release to Jacob Wilkinson by James Mackintosh and Harriot Young regarding cotton plantation in Tobago called Rosebank;
    Indenture of Lease of another part of Rosebank Estate;
  • Indenture of Release of Camden Estate in Couva, Trinidad and certification of the number of slaves on the Camden Plantation;
  • A report on the survey and division of the Neutral Islands (St. Vincent, Dominica and Tobago), Grenada and the Grenadines in the year 1770 and a plan and description of a parcel of land in one of the Neutral Islands;
  • Indenture of release of a plantation lot in Sandy Point Division, Tobago.

These documents also show the transfer of slaves from one plantation to another, listing the names, ages and occupation of the slaves to be transferred.

Note: These documents may not be reproduced without the written permission of the Government Archivist, National Archives of Trinidad and Tobago

AFFIDAVIT REGARDING INDENTURES OF BARGAIN AND SALE AND RELEASE BY CAMPBELL MACKINTOSH

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This is an affidavit certifying that another affidavit made by Campbell Mackintosh of Inverness, North Britain is worthy, solemn and true. Certified by William Inglis, Esquire Provost or Chief Magistrate of the Royal Burgh of Inverness, North Britain. William certified that Campbell Mackintosh came before him He claimed that he was worthy of good credit and he then affixed the seal of the Royal Burgh of Inverness and also annexed the Indentures of Bargain and Sale and Release referred to in the said affidavit.

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Affidavit regarding Indentures of Bargain and Sale and Release by Campbell Mackintosh_1

Affidavit regarding Indentures of Bargain and Sale and Release by Campbell Mackintosh
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Affidavit regarding Indentures of Bargain and Sale and Release by Campbell Mackintosh_2 Affidavit regarding Indentures of Bargain and Sale and Release by Campbell Mackintosh
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INDENTURE OF RELEASE OF ROSEBANK COTTON PLANTATION

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This is the Indenture of Release made between James Mackintosh, Harriot Young (wife of the late Robert Young) and Jacob Wilkinson. James Macintosh and Harriot Young sold the Cotton Plantation, Queens Bay Division, Tobago called Rosebank. The plantation consisted of approximately three hundred (300) acres of Land, English Statute.

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Seal of Office of the Lord Mayor of the City of London Seal of Office of the Lord Mayor of the City of London
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Indenture signed by James Mackintosh and Harriot Young Indenture signed by James Mackintosh and Harriot Young
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Indenture of release Indenture of release
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Indenture of release continued Indenture of release continued
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Indenture of release continued 2 Indenture of release continued
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Indenture of release 8_03_1798 Indenture of release 8/03/1798
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INDENTURE OF RELEASE OF CAMDEN ESTATE

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This is the release of the Estates and Effects then owned by Charles Boldero, Edward and Grace Boldero, Sir Henry Lushington and Barnet and Henry Boldero of Cornhill, London It was sold to the purchasers, John Stewart and Alexander Fraser (both of Crossing Square, London) by the Bank of England due to bankruptcy. The plantation was bought by auction and the transaction of purchase was settled in the Chancery Court.

After payment, John Stewart and Alexander Fraser received a Certificate of the Negroes and other Slaves on the Camden Estate dated 31st March, 1813. The certification of the number of slaves on the Camden Plantation noted to be two hundred and ten (210) dated Trinidad 16th March 1814 by Henry Murray (Registrar of Slaves). The certification stated their names, surnames, employment, colour (i.e. Negro or mulatto), age, stature, country of origin, tribal marks (if any) and relations (or otherwise). Included in this list were twenty-five (25) Negroes brought from the Endeavour Estate, Mustique Island and attached to the Camden Estate.

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First page of the text of the Indenture

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First Schedule

The First Schedule referred to by the foregoing Indenture. Contains the names ages and occupations of men, women, girl and boy slaves. Also includes recapitulation statistics and a tally of live and dead animal stock.
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Second Schedule

The Second Schedule referred to by the foregoing Indenture. List of families of slaves on the plantation Camden. Including full names and details about colour, occupation, age, stature, country of origin and tribal marks. This listing includes information on relationships between the persons listed and further subdivides them according to family name.
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Third and Fourth Schedules

The Third and Fourth Schedules referred to by the foregoing Indenture. The former contains the names, ages and occupations of 48 slaves. Also notes four runaways. The latter contains the names, ages and occupations of twenty-five Negroes brought from the Endeavour Estate, Island of Mustique October 8th 1807 and employed upon Camden Estate in the Island of Trinidad.
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listings of male and females 1

Contains listings of male and female slaves on the Plantation Camden, including full names and details about colour, occupation, age, stature, country of origin and tribal marks. Includes a tally of total number of slaves on the Plantation Camden and signed by the Registrar of Slaves. 
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listings of male and females 2

Contains listings of male slaves on the Plantation Camden, including full names and details about colour, occupation, age, stature, country of origin and tribal marks.
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listings of male and females 3

Contains listings of male slaves on the Plantation Camden, including full names and details about colour, occupation, age, stature, country of origin and tribal marks. This listing includes information on relationships between the persons listed and further subdivides them according to family name. 
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listings of male and females 4

Contains listings of male slaves on the Plantation Camden, including full names and details about colour, occupation, age, stature, country of origin and tribal marks. This listing includes information on relationships between the persons listed and further subdivides them according to family name. 
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listings of male and females 5

Contains listings of male slaves on the Plantation Camden, including full names and details about colour, occupation, age, stature, country of origin and tribal marks. This listing includes information on relationships between the persons listed and further subdivides them according to family name. 
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THE SURVEYING AND DIVISION OF THE NEUTRAL ISLANDS (ST. VINCENT, DOMINICA AND TOBAGO), GRENADA AND THE GRENADINES

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This land deed relates to the survey and divisions of lands in the islands of Grenada and the Grenadines and the Neutral islands of St. Vincent, Dominica and Tobago. The lands were to be divided into proper parishes and districts. They were also to be disposed of into allotments for plantations of different sizes and extent, and into town-lots, positive lots and lots for poor settlers. The Esquires William Young, Alexander Graeme, John Hunt, Robert Stewart an d Robert Wynne were nominated, constituted and appointed as the commissioners for the selling and disposing of the said lands and on the said islands.

After the death of Alexander Graeme, William Hewitt Esquire was appointed as one of the Commissioners. Disposing of the lands was to be done in conjunction with the Governor-General of the Grenadines or the Neutral Lands or the Commander in Chief at the time. In the absence of the Commander in Chief, the disposing of the lands were to be carried out in conjunction with the Lieutenant-Governor of the island. The islands were divided into parishes and other boundaries as they saw fit. They also set apart proper lands in what they considered convenient situations, for navy and other military purposes. The said party also had to reserve in every Parish a certain number of acres of woodland in the most mountainous parts, for preservation of the season, for several other public and private purposes they considered important and for great roads of communication between towns

INDENTURE OF RELEASE OF PLANTATION LOT CALLED SANDY POINT DIVISION, TOBAGO

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This Indenture of Release was made on the 23rd April, 1768 by James Simpson, the attorney of Peter Campbell and Cauldwell Craig (previous joint owners) to the then new owners George Gibbs and William Hall. It was sealed and delivered in the presence of Rob Stewart, William Sloane, John Piggot and George Corbett Crane before John Leith Esq; (who was one of the members of His Majesty's Council for the Island of Tobago).


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