Rhode Island Land Evidences: Volume 1, 1648 - 1696
Rhode Island Land Evidences: Volume I. 1648-1696, Abstracts (all published). With a Preface by Albert T. Klyberg. Rhode Island Historical Society . (1921, 1970)In the office of the Secretary of State for Rhode Island are housed four ancient volumes of deeds which bear the title Rhode Island Land Evidence.
They contain a great variety of deeds, including a few from Providence, many from Newport, and many from the various parts of Washington County. There is no particular arrangement to the deeds, and often early deeds are recorded with later instruments relating to the same piece of land, apparently to strengthen the title. In 1921, a committee of the Rhode Island Historical Society published the oldest of the four books of Land Evidences, spanning the years 1648-1696, and it is here reprinted by Clearfield Company. In all, 445 documents are transcribed in the volume, a number of them taking the form of wills, powers of attorney, indentures, agreements, settlements, ship protests, and assignments. Typically, the land evidences furnish the names of the grantor, grantee and witness, a description of the property (often with the names of owners of adjacent properties), the date of the sale, and, frequently, the name of the spouse, widow, or children of the parties to the transaction. Each document is indexed at the back of the book under the names of the grantor and grantee, and, in all, the work refers to several thousand inhabitants of the Rhode Island Colony in the 17th century.Genealogical.com publishes genealogy books and CDs. Whether you are just beginning to explore your family tree or are an experienced researcher looking for in-depth genealogy data, Genealogical.com can provide you with the resources you need. We publish over 2,000 genealogy books and compact discs featuring colonial genealogy, Irish genealogy, immigration, royal ancestry, family history, and genealogy methods and sources. Genealogical.com is the online home of Genealogical Publishing Company, Clearfield Company, and Gateway Press. Search our genealogy books by title, author or keyword phrase or browse our genealogy book sale.