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Grant To Benajah Williams of 100 Acres in Stamford Township from the Crown during the reign of King George the Third.
It was issued by Peter Hunter, Second Lieutenant Governor of Upper Canada.
Attached to the grant is a seal with an anchor on one side, and the coat of arms of the United Kingdom on the other.
The following we contributed by Bill Williams:
Our family bible says that Benajah crossed the border from NY state in 1786. He was the 3rd son of Darius and Rebecca Williams, of ‘Welch’ descent. Benajah settled on 100 acres in Niagara in 1795, with an additional 100 acres added in 1796. I presume these were the tracts described in the land grant? Subsequently in 1805 he moved to Glen Williams where he established a mill in the Credit river. The Stamford survey of 1813, which must have been a hazardous survey given the war in Niagara that year, shows that he owned only 1 of the 2 acreages at that time. Benajah was married three times and had 9 children. He died in Glen Williams in 1851. His family continues to own the mill until late in the 1800’s when it was sold to the Beaumonts.
Transcript reads: "GEORGE the THIRD by the Grace of GOD, of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland King, Defender of the Faith. To All to whom these Presents shall come, Greeting. Know Ye, that we in our special grace, certain knowledge, and mere motion have Given and Granted, and by these presents no Give and Grant onto Benajah William of the Township Stamford, in the Country of Lincoln, in the District of Niagara, Yeoman, his heirs and assigns forever; ALL that parcel or tract of land situate in the Township of Stamford, in the County of Lincoln, in the District of Niagara, in our said Province, containing by admeasurement one hundred acres be the fame more or less; being Lot number one hundred and two in the said Township of Stamford -
Together with all the woods and waters thereon lying, and being under the reservations, limitations, and conditions herein after expressed: which said one hundred acres of Land are butted, and bounded, or may be otherwise known as follows, that is to say Commencing at the north east Angle of the said Lot; then south Twenty chains more or less, to the limit between Lot Number one hundred and two and one hundred and nineteen, then west Fifty chains more or less to the allowance for road in near of said Lots; then north Twenty chains more or less, to the limit between Lots Number one hundred and two and one hundred and one ; then east Fifty chains more or less , to the allowance for road in front of said Lot Number of beginning. -
TO HAVE AND TO HOLD the said parcel or tract of land hereby given and granted to him the said Benajah Williams, his heirs and assigns for ever; saving nevertheless to us, our heirs and successors, all Mines of Gold, Silver, Copper, Tin, Lead, Iron, and Coal, that shall or may be hereafter found on any part of the said land or tract of land hereby given and granted as aforesaid and saving, and reserving to us, our heirs and successors all white Pine Trees, that shall, or may now, or hereafter grow, or be growing on any part of the said parcel or tract of land hereby granted as aforesaid.
Provided always, that no part of the parcel or tract of land, hereby given and granted to the said Benajah Williams heretofore maid, and marked for us, our heirs and successors, by Surveyor General of Woods, or his lawful Deputy in which case, this our Grant for such part of the land, hereby given and granted to the said Benajah Williams, and his heirs forever more aforesaid, and which shall upon a survey thereof being made, be found within any such reservation, shall be null and void, and of none effect, anything herein contained to the contrary notwithstanding.
Provided also, that the said Benajah Williams, his heirs or assigns' shall and do within three years erect and build, or cause one to be erected and built, in and upon some part of the said parcel or tract of land and good sufficient dwelling house (he the said Benajah Williams) or his ailigns not having build, or not being in his or their own right lawfully possessed of an house in our said province and be therein, or cause some person to be therein resident for and during the space of one year, thence next ensuing the building of the same.
Provided also, that if at any time or times hereafter, the land so hereby given and granted to the said Benejah Williams and his heirs, shall come into the possession and tenure of any person or persons whatsoever, either by virtue of any good deed of sale, convenvance, enseoffment, or exchange or by gift, inheritance, descent, devise or marriage, such person or persons shall within twelve months next after his, her, or their entry into, and possession of the same, take the oaths prescribed by law, before some one of the Magistrates of our said Province, and a certificate of such oaths having been taken shall cause to be recorded in the Secretary's office of the said province.
In Default of all, or any of which conditions, limitations, and restrictions, this said Grant, and everything herein contained, shall be, and we hereby declare the same null and void, to all intents and purposes whatsoever, and the land hereby granted, and every part and part and parcel thereof, shall revert to, and become vested in us, our heirs and successors, in like manner as if the same had never been granted; anything herein contained to the contrary in any wife notwithstanding.
AND WHEREAS, by an act of the Parliament of Great Britain, passed in the Thirty third year of his Majesty's reign, entitled "An Act to repeal certain parts of an act passed in the Fourteenth Year of his Majesty's reign, entitled "An Act for making more effectual provision for the Government of the Province of Quebec in North America, and to make further provision for the Government of the said Province," it is declared, "That no Grant of Lands hereafter made, shall be valid or effectual, unless the same shall contain a specification of the lands to be allotted and appropriated solely to the maintenance of the Protestant Clergy within the said province," in respect of the lands to be thereby granted; Now know ye, that we have caused an allotment or appropriation of Fourteen and two sevenths to be made in a certain Lot numbered two of the Clergy Lands for the County of Lincoln (blurred) and being in a certain reserved (blurred) for the said Township of Stamford.
GIVEN under the Great Seal of our Province of Upper Canada: WITNESS our trusty and well beloved Peter Hunter Esquire our Lieutenant Governor of said Province and Lieutenant General Commanding our forces in our Provinces of Upper and Lower Canada, this Seventeenth dayof November in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and three, and Forty Fourth year of our reign. By command of his Excellency in Council.
On the back transcript reads: Grant
Stamford District of Niagara"
King George the Third