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Miscellaneous Deeds, Grants, Petitions & Wills
Roach Land Grant


Vol. 33     Folio 116     Newfoundland 1887

Victoria, by the Grace of GOD, of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, Queen, Defender of the Faith.

To all to whom these presents shall come, Greeting:

Know Ye, that We. Of Our Special Grace, Certain Knowledge, and Mere Motion, have given and granted, and by these presents do, for Ye, Our Heirs and Successors, Give and Grant unto Richard Roche of Topsail, Conception Bay

in our Island of Newfoundland, Farmer, his Heirs and Assigns all that piece and parcel of Land situate and being at Topsail aforesaid abutted and bounded as follows, that is to say, by a line commencing at a point sixty-six feet distant from the bank or shore of the Gully being the south east angle of land in the possession of James J. Palmiter running thence by the same course eighty-nine degrees west nine chains and seventy-five links more or less thence by and at a distance of thirty-three feet from the centre of the Public Road south one degree west seven chains and fifty three links, south twenty degrees west eight chains and south seventeen degrees west six chains and eighty links more or less thence by land in the possession of J. F. Smith east thirteen chains more or less and thence by and at a distance of sixty-six feet from the shore of bank of the aforesaid Gully twenty-one chains and eighty links more or less to the place of commencement….

and being of the dimensions specified in the diagram delineated on the other side hereof and containing in one whole twenty-two acres, one road and six perches [rods = 5.5 yards] more or less with the appurtenances except and reserved nevertheless out of this present Grant to Us our heirs and Successors all Gold and Silver and Mines and minerals in or under said piece or parcel of Land

      To Have and to Hold (except as before excepted) unto the said Richard Roche under Section Twelve, Crown Lands Act 1884 as in margin [Every such Grant shall be upon the condition that the Grantee shall within five years from the date of the Grant bona fide clear and cultivate ten acres for every one hundred acres comprised in the Grant and in the same proportion for any less quantity.] his heirs and assigns for the said Richard Roche paying unto Us as the price and consideration of the said Land the SUM of Six Dollars and seventy-five cents at the time of the ensealing and delivery thereof.

      Provided always, and this present Grant is upon the further condition that the said Lands shall be holden upon, under and subject to such regulations as are now in force or which may at any time hereafter be made by Law for the improvement and cultivation of Lands within our said Island and subject to all such regulations as are now in force which may at any time hereafter be made by Law for making Roads, Sewers, Drains, Canals, Bridges or other public works or improvements within Our said Island or any part thereof and for subjecting any Lands therein situate or the owners or occupiers of such Lands to rates and assessments or other duties or services for the purposes aforesaid or for any of them. And that the said Richard Roche, his heirs and assigns shall at all times peaceably quit and deliver up possession to Us our heirs and successors of all such parts of the Land aforesaid as may be required for the purposes aforesaid or any of them upon receiving such compensation (if any) as by any Law now in force or hereafter to be made in that respect may be provided.

Given under the Great Seal of the aforesaid Island of Newfoundland at St. John's in the said Island this seventeenth day of May in the Year of Our Lord One Thousand Eight Hundred and eighty-seven in the Fiftieth year of our Reign.

Witness our trusty well-beloved Sir Frederick Carter, Knight Commander of the Most Distinguished Order of St. Michael and St. George, Administrator of the Government and Commander-in-Chief in and over our said Island and its Dependencies, etc.

By His Excellency's Command

Signed (by hand): M. Fenelon
Colonial Secretary

Received the day and year above written from the within named Grantee the Sum of Six dollars and seventy-five cents amount of Consideration Money of the land herein granted.

Signed (by hand): A Penney
H.M. Surveyor General

MAP of Property

Scale five chains to an inch……[on the original]….


The first grant was in 1848 and is in the online Index. The second (Richard's) 1887 may not be. They are on official letter head with the provincial seal in the top centre. The Grants came from the Provincial Dept of Gov Services and Lands. They are from something called the Original Registry Volume # Folio # and No.



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