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CARTER PAPERS
FERRYLAND DISTRICT
1750 - MID 1800's

 

 

This copy statement shows the number of persons properties registered on the Government records of St. John's namely Ferryland, Aquaforte, Fermeuse and Renews with Signatures of the Governors who executed each record and to whom executed will appear in these Numbers, Volumns, and Pages as below detailed:

Number 1, Vol. 2, Page 102

John Benger's property recorded and by whom in his possession to his death 1791

1754 to 1796

Number 2, Vol. 3, Page 186

Richard Nason's three judgements against his tenants( Carter, Benger and others) in his possession to his death 1825 came to possession of the representative 1836

1763 to 1867

Number 4, Vol. 1, Page 115

Number 5, Vol. 5, Page 193 and

                  Vol. 6, Page 164

                  

Robert Carter's petition on record 60 feet of Ground granted him alongside Nason's property in Pool.

1750 to 1753 to 1776

Number 4, Vol. 1, Page 141 to

Number 2, Vol. 3, Page 186

Elizabeth Gobbet and Elliass Piggeon record of 1750 occupied by William Saunders of three boat rooms near Pool

1750 to 1763

Number 3, Vol. 4, Page 267 to 232

Josiah Seal's property on Downs recorded 1770 came to the hands of Samuel Hill 1776 after to hands of Robert Carter

1770 to 1776 to 1847

Number 4, Vol. 1, Page 141

Lewis Dalton's estate (Fermeuse) in trust with John Benger for children of said Lewis Dalton. Registered

1750 to ----

Number 6, Vol. 6, Page 163

Thomas Benger son to above John Benger record from

1776 to ----

Number 6, Vol. 6, Page 149

Mrs. Catherine Weston's record 1776 occupied by William Carter and Family ever since

1776 to 1847

Number 9, Vol. 1, Page 357 to 448 to Vol. 2, Page 448

William Ludwick's record 1752. Witnessed 1758

1752 to 1758

Number 10, Vol. 2 Page 101

Page 142 to Page 237

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Record fines by Bill on Watts (Reneuse) to be paid John Benger for the sisters of( Daniel Murphy), James Dunn if said fines with costs not paid John Benger by Watts in Reneuse the property held by him be given up to said John Benger in trust for the sisters of James Dunn

1754 to 1785

Number 11, Vol. 2, Page 238

Thomas Thomas record (Agent???) John Carter of Ferryland

1775 to ---

Vol. 3, Page 331

Mary Ludwick record, agent Ellias Pitt, Fermeuse

1775 to ---

Number 3, Vol. 7, Page---

Ferryland Records with pages destroyed

The Ferryland records show parts of Richard Nason's and John Benger's properties recorded in Ferryland and Aquaforte with several pages destroyed from book with several pages destroyed from registry

1808 to ---

Vol. 7, Page 21

St. John's Records

On Government Books

His Excellency Governor Duckworth  ordered  Mr. Robert Carter of Ferryland and Navy Officer to send an account and not fail of all improved and cultivated land in Ferryland. No reply appear sent or recorded.

1811 to---

Same Vol. And Page above

Same as above

The above names Robert Carter and brother James Carter petitioned for Grant of Crow Island  opposite Ferryland Harbour –now appears on the registry recorded there

1815 to

See Page number 15 and 16, The surveys of Ferryland .

See records Ferryland , 1808

The only survey of recorded property appears in Government Office described by Surveyor General is the Beech of Ferryland by Holebrook with part of Richard Nason's property at Northside of Ferryland registered and Pool  omitted though the Administrator obtained possession of part of Ferryland property in both mentioned places from Nason's agent in 1836.

1836 to---

Vol. 2, Page 102

John Benger (Sr) was the father-in-law of Richard Nason as will appear by the Marriage Settlement 1754. See the decrees in page 2 and 3 obtained by said Richard Nason against Benger, Carter and others showing each of them his tenents that said Nason survived said parties held agents over his property in Ferryland to his death 1825

By his Excellencies Command Sir Hugh Bonfoy, Esq. Governor and Commander in Chief in and over the Island of Newfoundland  its dependancies etc:

It appears to me by the under Certificate of John Benger of Ferryland signed by Fishing Admirals, Captain of Ships and principal inhabitants of the Harbour that the house John Benger now resides in with the Garden fronting said house and the house at the East side of his Garden, Cook Room Garden and Beach fronting said cook room, Flakes at backside of Ships Room known by the name of the Priviledge of Boats Room is the property of said John Benger and no other.

I hereby grant and confirm said John Benger in the quiet and peaceable possession of said premises thereof and forbid all persons from molesting him in the enjoyment thereof. Given under my hand and seal in Saint John's, Newfoundland this 27 th day of August, 1754. Hugh Bonfoy

 

Vol. 2, Page 107

Certificate of John Benger from the Ferryland inhabitants in reference to his property in Ferryland who was agent and brother-in-law to said to Richard Nason

We the underneath subscribers to whom it doth concern to the best of our knowledge as subscribers that the house John Benger now resides in with the Garden fronting said house another house at the roadside of his Garden Cook Room Gardens and beach fronting said cook room with flakes at back side of Ships Room is the property of John Benger and no other. Given under our hands in Ferryland this 27 th day of May, 1783

Peter Weston, Phillip Gealy, John Wealey, Richard Passmore( Jr.), Samuuel Teed,Admiral, William Land, Robert Clapp Rear Admiral, Thomas Carter Vice Admiral, Matthew Wallice, John Double

 

Same volumn as above. Commission to John Benger appointing him Keeper of the Rolls Court

A commission delivered to John Benger of Ferryland appointing him Keeper of the Rolls.

Richard Ball, William Land, Robert Carter, Peter Weston, Esquires, Magistrates for the district of Ferryland

By command of his excellency Sir Francis Drake, Governor and Commander in Chief over the Island of Newfoundland

William Hall

 

Vol. 3, Page 186

Richard Nason's record showing his tenements appears by the under judgements obtained by Equity Court, Ferryland 1765

Decrees obtained by Richard Nason against his tenants as noted in copy of records

By His Excellencies Command, Sir Thomas Graves Governor and Commander in Chief in and over the Island of Newfoundland, its dependancies etc.

It appears by a court held in Ferryland, September 10, 1763, that Richard Nason presented a petition  against his tenants: Robert Carter, Mrs. Moore, Michael Shea, Michael Brazil, Patrick Kelly and John Hollahan setting forth said parties renters to sundry parts of his property in this harbour from 29 th September, 1761 to the 30 th June, 1762 praying that they might be oblidged to to pay unto him their and each of them their respective rents for said year in full according to their agreements entered into with him heretofore.

It is ordered and decreed in Court under circumstances that as relates to Mr. Richard Nason above named as they were disposed on otherwise to withdraw themselves from their respective possessions on account of the enemy been in possession of St. John's in this Island and they and each of them shall pay unto Mr. Richard Nason one half of their respective rents due for that year only according to agreement entered into before that time which Mr. Richard Nason is to be satisfied. It being so decreed according to Equity  given under my hand in Ferryland Court House this 10 th of September 1763.

William Brown

By Command of the Surrogate P. Haye

 

Same volumn as above against Benger and on Nason's tenants not paying their rents and Benger allowing the holdings of Nason's to fall to ruin while in his possession

William (S)(L)aunders appeared in Court and presented a petition to me stating that the Patent for his plantation in the Harbour of Ferryland knowing by the name of Pigeons Room granted by Governor Smith was destroyed by fire breaking out on the premises of Mr. Robert Carter in whose possession it happened to be; it was then proved by Mr. Robert Carter and others in Court that as Mr. Richard Nason's ancestors had not complied with a covenant entered into with him, that Michael Shea and Michael Brazil were intended to wrong him of his rent for this year.

The following orders were given vize by William Brown Surrogate: Whereas it appears that Michael Shea and Michael Brazil now inclined to wrong Mr. Nason  of  his rent due of them this year, you are hereby required and directed to oblidge said Shea and Brazil to pay when due the rent for this year agreeable to the Covenant entered into between them and the aforesaid Nason as they will answer to the contrary.

Given under my hand in Court House of Ferryland 10 th of September, 1763

William Brown ( By command of the Surrogate P. Hay)

To Peter Weston His Majesty's Justice for the district of Ferryland.

 

Same volumn as at other side showing Richard Nason's records Decrees of Judgement of his tenements in Ferryland for the year 1763 though he and Bengers were Brothers-in law since 1754

Whereas various controversies and debates happening and yet pending by and between Richard Nason and John Benger on account of a house and co. on the premises of Nason which Benger suffered to fall while in his possession. It's hereby decreed in Court that as said Nason and Benger required and directed said matter in dispute should be decided by Roberts Holseworth and John Wailyas Arbitrators, Peter Weston as Umpire to whom this matter in dispute be settled as they will answer to the contrary at their peril.

Dated in the Court House in Ferryland 10 th September, 1763

By command of the Surrogate P. Hay ( William Brown)

 

Ferryland records of 1808 showing John Bengers property in Aquaforte and Ferryland

Remark noted on back of proclamation late William Carter of Ferryland Surrogate and Register deemed unnecessary to record survey on land on account of what he called Doubles property though ??? of same obtained as Nason's by the administration 1836 found many pages torn from said book none of those records appears in said registry.

A survey of these fishing rooms and other premises taken by Mr. Richard Gorman Clerk of Ferryland Court agreeable to His Excellency John Holloway's proclamation of 1807 Vice Admiral of the Red, Governor and Commander in Chief over the Island of Newfoundland its dependancies etc.

Aquaforte June 19 th.

John Bengers plantation and fishing room now in the possession of Nicholas Brand used in Meadowing and Gardens from the bounds of Brown's Plantation in front 75 feet S. S. E. and E. N. E. back to the woods from thence S. S. E. 30 to 140 feet S. S. E. and 72 feet E. S. E. to 880 feet N. N. West to the woods

 By  order of Surrogate.

Richard Gorman

William Carter-Ferryland

 

Vol. 4, Page 267 to 232

The property described in this record been recorded ( afterwards) to Samuel Hill 1776, now in possession of Robert Carter on account of £90 due to late Robert Carter, his father by the wife of Samuel Hill aunt of Said Mr. Carter.

By His Excellencys Command Governor Byron

A  petition from Josiah Seals of the Harbour of Ferryland, boatkeeper describing a plantation that did not belong to any person or used by the fishing ships since 1685, said plantation been 71 feet long and 55 feet broad and that said Josiah Seals has been disturbed in the premises by William Shapely, prays to be kept in quiet and peaceable possession to his own use and benefit thereof.

I do order my Surrogate to keep Josiah Seals in said peaceable possession of said premises.

Given under my hand and seal this 10 th day of October, 1770.

Bonfoy.

 

Vol. 1, Page 115

Robert Carter been grandfather of the present Messieurs Carters of Saint John's and Ferryland who was Nason's tenant, 1763 for the premises he occupied in the Pool of Ferryland

A Court held in Ferryland 27 th of August, 1750 by command of Sir Francis Drake, Governor and Commander in Chief of Newfoundland.

Petition  of  Robert Carter of this harbour praying for liberty to build a store on the front of Beech lying between Mr. Richard Bengers plantation and the Point of Beech Plantation lately in the possession of Thomas Dobell and to build flakes on back of said beech below high water mark. I do order Mr. John Benger and Richard Passmore to survey the ground, report the length and breadth  they are of opinion it may be granted to Robert Carter without encroaching in front of ships rooms.

No reply appears on record to said petition to Mr. Robert Carter

 

Same Vol., Page 141

Elizabeth Gobbett and Piggeon Grandparents to Saunders in Ferryland in who possession this property recorded is.

By Sir Francis Drake, Governor and Commander in Chief in and over the Island of Newfoundland and its dependancies.

Whereas  Elizabeth Gobbett and Ellias Piggeon of Ferryland Harbour have this day presented me a petition setting forth that she had a patent granted her for a plantation near Ferryland Pool known by the name of Piggeons Plantation, (say three boat rooms), bounded by Mr. Benger's  plantation on the S. East and Thomas Smith's on the N. West but by misfortune lost the original patent, Therefore praying me to grant another in consideration of the loss she sustained in want of right to hold said plantation.

I do hereby by virtue of the power and authority to me given Grant the said Elizabeth Gobbett and Ellias Piggeon the above mentioned premises and boundaries thereof their heirs, Escors?, Administrators, and assignees for ever.

Given under my hand and seal at Ferryland, 31 th day of August, 1750

F. W. Drake

By command of the Governor.

William Hall

 

Same Vol. As above.

John Benger died in Ferryland 1757 whilst living at Nason's, father –in law.

John and Thomas Benger (Jun) were his sons living in Ferryland after his death

A Court held in Fermeuse 20 th August , 1750

Petition  of John Benger, Esq in behalf of the children of Lewis Dalton having in the year 1730 Mortgaged the estate to Thomas Kingsman of Seinton, in the county of Devon and that said Kingsman or his agent ever since that time received the produce of the Estate by which said petitioner apprehends that said mortgage with interest have been paid up that there is a considerable sum of money due to Dalton's Children and therefore prays for relief.

That Mr.  Ellias Pitt  agent for Thomas Kingsman do appear before me with an account stated between the estate of Lewis Dalton and Thomas Kingsman vouchers produced in Court in support of same to be duly examined I do decree as follows: That Mr. Ellias Pitt do pay to Mr. John Benger on behalf of Lewis Dalton's children £22.12 been the sum received by him since 1748 for the rent of said Dalton's Estate and that Mr. Ellias Pitt do deliver up the Estate to the children of Lewis Dalton as it be their property by the account and  vouchers produced to me. That Thomas Kingsman is indebted in the sum of £314.14. 8 ½ . I do order him or his agent to appear here by this time twelve months to show cause why he refuses payment of said sum and that a decree may be immediately had for the above purposes by order and command of His Excellency the Governor F. W. Drake.

W. Hall

 

Vol. 5, Page 193

Robert Carter  Grandfather of the present Messieurs Carters of Ferryland and St. John's admits Mr. Nason's property in Pool 1773 and was his tenant in 1763 as appears on the records in Page 2 and this also.

By His Excellencies Command, Governor Shouldam, Commander in Chief over the Island of Newfoundland and its dependancies etc.

It  has been represented to me by James Holley Jones, my Surrogate that Mr. Robert Carter,  Merchant of Ferryland intends building a stage 60 feet in length front of Admiral's Beech at the Eastern side of the Pool of Ferryland if he can be secured in the possession thereof to his use and benefit and its also represented by my Surrogate that the stage when built is no wise injurious to said beech or to the Priviledge of fishing ships as its been from high water mark out in the water adjoining the plantation belonging to Mr. Richard Nason.

The  said Robert Carter is hereby authorized to build said stage not exceeding more than 60 feet in length provided same don't obstruct the ships fishery coming up with their boats to said beech and said stage as he shall build he shall enjoy to his own use and benefit without molestation, let or hindrance from any persons whatever so long as he uses the same to the advantage of the fishery.

Given under my hand and seal in St. John's 15 th of October, 1773

M. Shouldam

By his Excellencies command    Edward Bragg

 

Vol. 6, Page 164

This grant to Mr. Robert Carter, Grandfather of present Messieurs Carters of Ferryland and St. John's is the same as above noted. The only record that appears to them or either of them for property in Ferryland though said parties claim the chief part of Ferryland as their property.

It appears on record that Governor Shouldam did on the 15 th October 1773 grant unto Robert Carter, Esq., Merchant of Ferryland, the priviledge of erecting a stage on eastern side of Pool.Its also represented in consequence of said grant built the stage as above. Mentioned employed same to his own use and benefit least any Interruption may be given him in the enjoyment thereof.

Prays my confirmation and security to be kept on said premises to his  own use and emolument.

I do confirm the Grant of Governor Shouldam to Robert Carter, Esq. in erecting said stage on the eastern side of Pool provided same don't exceed more than 60 feet on the ground fronting said beech and command all persons not to give said Robert Carter any obstructions , let or hindrances in the quiet and peaceable enjoyment thereof as they will answer to the contrary.

Given under my hand this 15 th day October, 1776

J. Montagu

By His Excellencies Command, Robert Atkinson

 

Vol. 6, Page 163

Thomas Benger and John Benger (Jun.) were sons of John Benger (Sen.), brother-in-law of Mr. Richard Nason who obtained his Judgements against their Messiurs Carter's Grandfather 1763 as appears on second page of records roll appear by the Marriage Settlement 1754 in the last will of said Richard Nason.

By His Excellency Command Governor Montague, Commander in chief over the Island of Newfoundland and its dependancies etc.

Whereas Mr. Thomas Benger , Merchant of Ferryland have petitioned me setting forth that he is much distressed to spread and dry his fish as there is a small beech situate between the Room he now occupies on Point of Beech Stage lies vacant and not used these five years prays my leave and permission to enjoy the same to him for  the prosecution of the fishery during the time he resides there. I  appears to me by certificate under the hands of Laurence Bemow, Fishing Admiral and five of the principal inhabitants of Ferryland aforesaid whats above set forth with respect to said beech is true and that said beech is 60 yards long, 15 yards wide from high water mark in the Pool.

I  do hereby grant said John Benger free leave and permission making use of said beech in curing his fish during the time he may continue at Ferryland, strictly commanding all persons from molesting said Thomas Benger in the quiet and peaceable possession of said premises as they will answer to the contrary.

Given under my hand and seal in Saint John's this 15 th day of October ,1776

J. Montague

By His Excellencys Command Robert Atkinson

(Note Please. The Governor refers to Thomas and John Benger at different times in this grant. It is safe to assume it was given to both brothers)

 

Vol. 6, Page 149

Mrs. Catherine Weston's daughter, namely Catherine Weston the younger was married to late William Carter. This recorded property of Mrs. Weston's came to his possession by her marriage.

Shea( Mary) tenant to Richard Nason by the Decrees 1763 appears in Number 2------ admitted in this record of Catherine Weston , Mother-in law of late William Carter, father of Peter, Robert and Arthur Carter of Saint John's and Ferryland

Nason, Benger and Double were one family by marriage and who lived together. Nason survived after Benger'' death and Double leaving the country 1776 in holding agents over said property to Nason's death 1825

Remark said Robert Carter was tenant to Richard Nason 1763 three years before this record was executed his sons William Carter was married to one of Mrs. Weston's daughters. This record shows no more than the premises on the beech with Carneys meadows there recorded in their possession with provisoes and holdings ??? be held only during his Majesty's pleasure and further not to prevent the fishery in its prosecution by the holding of said premises now in possession of late William Carter's family

By Command of His Excellency Governor and Commander in Chief over the Island of Newfoundland.

Whereas Mrs. Catherine Weston widow of late Peter Weston, Esq. of Ferryland deceased presented me a petition setting forth that her late husband was at the time of his death seized of several houses, stores, wharfs, fishing rooms, stages , flakes, fields and gardens in the Harbour of Ferryland aforesaid by the last will and testament of Peter Weston deceased that she and her two daughters,Catherine and Sarah Weston, were made co-heirs and joint executors by the last will and testament stating that the Records of Ferryland wherein the grants , boundaries and descriptions of said property were inserted been destroyed by fire in 1740, that said Catherine Weston do now cause a survey to be taken by five of the inhabitants of this Harbour showing the situations limits of boundaries of her late husband's property, That from the Northeast corner of the garden fence to Weston's dwelling house high water mark 1673 feet, E and S to W by N from NE corner of the garden bounded by foot path to Weston's house where he now live to high water mark 102 feet S by W, E by N from end of new house towards Mary Shea's dwelling house and high water mark 102 feet S by W and E by N of new house and Mary Shea's dwelling house by footpath 39 feet E and W from the corner of said dwelling house to the Coopers Shop formerly belonging to one Giles now rented by Mr. Sweetland 19 feet N and S bounded by the path to the Coopers Shop high water mark 22 feet North of Mary Shea's stage and Sweetland's wharf South corner of Sweetland's store bounded by the corner of Weston's store S W side of path passing between said store and Mr. Double's store 136 ½ feet N and S bounded by footpath East of red store to high water mark 88 feet including the footpath of 6 feet N. E and SW bounded by the side of William Double's store breadth of Sweetland's stage from corner to corner 35 feet long by 124 the vacant spot 37 feet ,3 inches breadth.

NB. The  ground bounded between Mr. Sweetland's store to path by Mr. Double's store is the property of Catherine Weston and two daughters with the exception of those parts mentioned carries its front to water by same breadth and measurement back to beech in length from side path opposite Mary Shea's dwelling house to corner of flake opposite Weston's Cook Room next Nicholas Audley's dwellings to corner of meadow next Allen the Smith's bounded by the path 216 feet WSW and ENE next meadow 75 feet S by E and N by W corner of Mary Shea's flake formerly Tucker's now in possession of Mrs. Weston 114 feet corner of Mary Shea's flake the beech to Mrs. Westons 150 feet NE and SW next end of beech 96 feet known by Tucker's next the meadows by E by W with small corner next to Sweetland's flake to the end of Double's flake 36 feet from the last measured place to the end of Sweetland and Tucker's flakes 228 feet SW by SE next Shea's flake 150 feet SW and NE the small flake joining the Flag Staff Room to corner of red store 150 feet opposite Double's store 30 feet NE and SW breadth 18 feet NE next Double's store the meadow length from corner of flake to Allen the Smiths and John Carney's dwelling 94 feet bearing as follows 67 feet WSW and ENE 139 feet WNW and ENE 96 feet W 254 feet WSW to ENE 96 feet W and E 254 feet ENE 90 feet SSW to NNE 294 feet to the side fence bounded by Admiral's Beech length 296 feet bearing E by S and W by N the end fence 24 feet NW by SE.

Mrs. Catherine Weston prays she and two daughters that I may grant them the quiet and peaceable enjoyment of the aforesaid premises as I have caused an enquiry to be made by John Burndell, Esq my Surrogate and Robert Carter, Esq, his Majesty's justice of the peace for the district of Ferryland respecting the truth of Mrs. Catherine  Weston's memorial as regards the last will and testament of Peter Weston deceased with the situation of boundaries of the several houses, stores, gardens, fields, wharfs, fishing rooms, stages and flakes above mentioned to be true I give and grant to Catherine Weston and two daughters the elder Catherine, the younger Sarah the quiet and peaceable possession of all the above mentioned premises agreeable to the last will of Peter Weston during his Majesty's Royal Will and pleasure and strictly forbids any persons, their heirs, and leans, Administrators or assignees provided it must be decreed and understood as relates the fishery it cannot be held longer than a particular time by act of Parliament made 10 th and 11 th year of King William the Third entitled an Act to encourage the Trade of Newfoundland. That the fishing works be kept in good proper condition at all  times in the persecution of the fishery.

Given under my hand and seal in Saint John's 26 th September, 1776 by his Excellencies Command

J. Montague

Robert Atkinson

 

Vol 6, Page 165

Remark this record has the same provisoes as Mrs. Weston's namely cannot be held only during her Majesty's pleasure from prosecuting the fishery now in possession of late Robert Carter's sons who was brother of late William Carter.

This property held by Joseph Seals, boatkeeper in the year 1770 as appears by the records of Governor Bonfoy as it appears in Volumn 4, Page 267 to 232 .See number 3 showing Seal's property was held after by Hill after his death now in possession of Robert Carter, Ferryland

Mr. Samuel Hill by his memorial to me setting forth he had applied to the Governor and Surrogate last year for permission to build and improve an unoccupied spot of ground in the Harbour of Ferryland for the use of the fishery 108 yards N.E by N and S.E by South from path leading out ot Ferryland Downs towards the head 204 yards NW by W, E by South bounded by Wickers Plantation now in possession of Robert Carter  ,Esq. he having prayed to secure him in the quiet and peaceable possession for said purpose I do hereby give and grant said Samuel Hill all that said piece of ground described provided same don't belong to any persons or used by the fishing ships since the year 1765( for the purpose of erecting houses, stages, flakes, wharfs and as necessary for the fishery he complying and doing nothing repugnant to the Act to encourage the trade of the Island passed in the 10 th and 11 th year of King William the Third strictly requiring all persons not give said Samuel Hill any interruptions whatever in the quiet and peaceable possession as they will answer to the contrary.

Given under my hand and seal in Saint John's this 15 th day of October, 1776

J. Montague

By Command of His Excellency the Governor

Robert Atkinson

 

Vol. 1, Page 357 to 488

This property claimed by Ludwick left in trust with John Benger, brother-in-law of Nason came to the hands of Peter Weston, he summoned to appear before Government said property is now in possession of late William Carter's children, son –in law of Weston though Ludwick's grandchildren are still surviving in low circumstances

Vol2, Page 488

Late William Carter's children are claiming all the houses, gardens, meadows and flakes and Church Yard Chappel  in right of Doctor Moor though this record only shew his premises only consisted of a dwelling house, wood house, gardens and meadow.

By his Excellencies Command, Sir Francis Drake, Governor of Newfoundland, its dependancies, etc.

That  William Ludwick of Ferryland represented to me he has a mortgage of houses and fishing rooms foot 190 near the Pool of Ferryland due to his Father John Ludwick, Esq. from  Henry Rex of Ferryland acknowledging Henry Wickers the heir and executor of Henry Rex by a certain instrument executed in Ferryland 20 th February, 1739 or 1740 and which said debt been demanded of the plantation made by Henry Wickers as been in possession of said premises and Thomas Clooney as tenant in right of Ludwick, I do order said Thomas Clooney to pay the rents and arrears due of said plantation to John Benger Esq. and that said property remain in trust with him until said Wickers appears to shew the reason why said debt should not be paid the estate of Ludwick which came to the possession of Peter Weston that he been summoned to appear before me and bring with him all Books of Account, Vouchers and documents relative to said property whatever.

Given under my hand in Saint John's this 226 th day of September, 1752

F. W. Drake

By Command of the Governor

William Hall

 By request of Mr. William Ludwick and William Keane, Esqs. On behalf of Mrs. Mary Ludwick's son and daughter of the Harbour of Ferryland We the underneath subscribers met on the premises divided there between the parties as follows:

That Mr. Bowel's House, Cookroom house where Doctor Ball lived, Meadow and North Stage to Mary Ludwick.

Fanny Cook Room to Mary Ludwick. The flakes and beeches divided between both parties.

Dwyer's Cook Room. The upper room to William Dwyer's Cook Room upper path lowers Fanny's Room . Doctor Moor's dwelling house, wood house, garden and meadow. Collin's house, Garden, store, stage and Larney's stage to William Ludwick.

Witnesses to the above settled record:

John Benger, Robert Carter, John Wailey, John Carter and Peter Weston. Ordered on St. John's records by his Excellencies Command the 16 th October, 1758.

Richard Edwards

By Command of his Excellency

William Hornby

 

Vol. 2, Page 101

By his Excellencys Command Sir. R. Dorrill, Commander in Chief over the Island of Newfoundland its etc.

Whereas a fine been laid on you last year by the Justices of Ferryland by order of Governor Bonfoy on a Bill of Exchange drawn on Mr. Baice Which bill is returned protested, you are directed on receipt hereof to pay said fine with costs of protest to John Benger.

Given under my hand in Saint John's this 22 nd day of September ,1755.

Richard Dorrill

By his Excellencys Command

To: Mr. Watts, Renews

 

Same, Page 142

Captain Edward Lecrass, commander of His Majesty's Ship "Otter”, been appointed deputy Surrogate to Hugh Bonfoy, Esq. then Governor. It appears by court held in Renews the 2 nd day of October ,1752 the fishing admirals agreed that the sisters of James Dunn were heirs to his plantation lying in the Harbour of Renews and that said petition has been represented to me in behalf of the sisters of James Dunn by power and authority given me I confirm said plantation to the sisters of James Dunn to be kept in quiet and peaceable possession of said plantation .

Given under my hand in Caplen Bay on board his Majesty's ship”Otter” the 3 rd day of September, 1754

Edward Lecrass

 

Same, Page 237

The  above plantation of James Dunn is bounded East and N.West of Daniel Murphy's holdings in Renews, the Waterside flakes West 244 feet and 200 feet N and South bounded by the Widow Power's room and Ships Room back to Maurice Cummings House and up to the Boats Cove with stages, flakes, dwelling house, Back houses.

Witnesses:

John Benger, William Land, Robert Carter, Patrick Merrigan, Alexander White, Ladney? Rodney, John Doudwin and others.

It appears by the above annexed the decree of the fisahing admirals recorded in Saint John's that the room now in possession ofDaniel Murphy in Renews Harbour is the property of said Daniel Murphy.

Given under my hand in the Cour  House of Ferryland the 3 rd day of September, 1754.

NB. The proceedings of Edward Lecrass was enrolled on the records in Saint John's 14 th of September, 1754.

The fine to come after on Mr. Watts in Renews

 

See Page 237

Whereas  Thomas Thomas complained that he let a fishing room to Edward Conner who made his lease over to you to pay him the rent and you refused to do so though he applying for same, you are directed on receipt hereof to pay Thomas Thomas or make your appearance in Saint John's to shew cause to the contrary.

Given under my hand in Saint John's this 22 nd day of September, 1755

By Command of his Excellency Richard Dorrill

B. Case

To: Elias Pitts, Renews

 

Vol. 2, Page 238

John Double, son of William Double, brother-in-law of Richard Nason by the Marriage settlement of 1754

Mr. John Double has presented me a petition you are indebted to him in the sum of £371.15.2 on sundry bills of exchange drawn on Messieurs Robert and Baynes which bills are returned protested. Notwithstanding  you refusing to pay the account though applied to you for payment at several times, you are directed on receipt immediately to pay John Double the above sum together with costs of protest forthwith or make your appearance before me in the Court House to shew cause why you refuse payment.

By Command of the Governor Richard Dorrill

B. Case

To: John Carter, Ferryland

 

Vol. 3, Page 331

It appears by a promissory note that James Keen was indebted to Mary Ludwick's estate in the sum of £167.4.0 and ordered that he should pay the one half to William Ludwick, the other half to be left in care of Mr. Peter Weston for said Mary. An Order granted to take possession of his said holdings for non payment of rents.

By Command of his Excellency the Governor. Sir Hugh Pallisser

William Ludwick, and Sweetland

To: Elias Pitts, Fermeuse

 

Vol. 6, Page 134

Said Robert Carter been grandfather of the present Messieurs Carters in St. John's and Ferryland , observe the provisions in each case record granted him that he can't stop the fishery or hold the premises only during her Majesty's pleasure.

Mr. Robert Carter  of Ferryland one of his Majesty's Justice of the Peace for the said district having setting forth in his petition that he has been in possession of a fishing premise at the Northside of the Harbour of Aquaforte known by the name of Carter's plantation that said fishing room runs S.E to a point named Tansey Bed extending N.W. 408 yards been its front and 408 yards back to the woods N.E. and S.E. on which premises were built several houses one with stone together with stages, flakes for carrying out the fishery which he held this 15 years past clearly appears to me by one of the fishing admirals who made enquiry of the ancient inhabitants and that said Robert Carter prays to be secured in the quiet and peacible possession of said recited premises. I do order that said Robert Carter shall quietly and peacibly enjoy all said premises namely houses, rooms, stages, flakes ???? and with the other fishing premises he shall build on the ground so long as he continues to enjoy and make use of the same to the advantage of the fishery provided that he complies with and does nothing repugnant to the act of the 10 th and 11 th of King George the Third entitled An Act to Encourage the Trade of Newfoundland during his Majesty's Royal Will and pleasure strictly commanding all persons whatever not to molest or hinder the said Robert Carter in the peacible enjoyment of said recited premises as they will answer to the contrary.

Given under my hand in St. John's this 22 nd of July , 1776

J. Montague

By Command of His Excellency

Robert Atkinson

 

Same Vol., Page 135

Robert Carter was father to late Robert and William Carter whose grandsons are now claiming the pricipal premises in Ferryland and Aquaforte though the old Robert Carter was Richard Nason's tenant,1763 his son Robert Carter was Nason's agent and so continued his grandson Robert agent to Mr. Nason's death 1826 for Ferryland premises

Mr. Robert Carter   prays in his petition to enjoy Mr. Peninsular's Plantation at Northside of Aquaforte Harbour said  Robert Carter stated he been at considerable expense cultivating Peninsular Plantation 775 yards which has not been occupied by any ship or boatkeeper by certificate under the hands of one of the fishing admirals of Aquaforte who made proper enquiries of the old inhabitants of said harbour, that said Robert Carter prays to be secured in the enjoyment of said premises provided he shall keep up proper fences thereon for fields and gardens and pasture ground hold same during his Majesty's pleasure I command all persons whatever from molesting said Robert Carter in the quiet and peacible possession of said premises as they may answer to the contrary.

Given under my hand and seal in St.John's 22 nd July , 1776

J. Montague

By Command of the Governor

Robert Atkinson

 

Book 7, Page 21

Though Government told Robert Carter to ???? sending an Account of all the improved lands in Ferryland, said Carter failed as no Account of same appear on record this time he and brother James been agent of Mr. Nason's estate in Ferryland

His Excellency the Governor requested Mr. Robert Carter would send an Account of all the acres of cleared and improved land in Ferryland not to fail.

J. Duckworth

August 5 th, 1811

To: Robert Carter, Naval Officer, Ferryland

 
 

The above named Mr. Robert Carter's sons James Carter and Robert Carter petitioned Governor Keates for grant of Crow Island, 26 th October ,1815. No reply appears on record to said Carter's petition.

 

Ferryland Records ordered to be registered by William Carter Esq.

Aquaforte June 19 th, 1808

A survey of these fishing rooms and premises were taken by me Richard Gorman ,Clerk of the Ferryland Court , 1807. Agreeable to the proclamation of hiss Excellency John Holloway, Esq., Vice-Admiral of the Red, Governor and Commander in Chief in and over the Island of Newfoundland, its dependancies etc.

The Fishing Rooms  of John Benger, now in possession of Nicholas Brand used by him in Meadows and gardens from the bounds of Brown's Plantation in front thence S.S. E. and E. N. E. back to the woods from thence S.S. E. 30 feet to 14 or 72 feet E. S. E 880 feet N. N. West back to the woods.

Richard Gorman

Who deemed it unnecessary to Record Richard Nason's Pool property then in possession of his agent Defendants late father Robert Carter and others as tenants appearing on back of the Governor proclamation.

 

 

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