powered by google
Documenting the American South Logo
Colonial and State Records of North Carolina
Advanced Search Options
Land patent granted by William Berkeley to Thomas Relfe
Berkeley, William, Sir, 1605-1677; Charles II, King of England, 1630-1685
September 25, 1663
Volume 01, Pages 65-66

To all to whom these prsents shall come I Sr Willm̄ Berkeley Knt Govr and capt Generll of Virga send Greeting in our Lord God everlasting whereas by instruc̄c̄os from the kings most Excellent Majtie directed to mee & the Councill of State his Majtie was graciously pleased to authorize mee the sd Governr & Councill to grant pattents and to assigne such proportions of Land to all adventurers & plantors as have been usuall heretofore in the like cases, either for adventurers of money or transportac̄on of people into this Collony according to a Charter of Orders from the late Treasurer & Company & that the same proportic̄on of ffifty Acres of Land bee granted and assigned for every person transported hither Sinc midsum̄er 1625. And that the same course bee continued to all Adventurers & plantors untill it shall bee otherwise determined by his Matie Now Know yee that I ye said Sr Wm Berkeley Knt &c doe with the consent of the Councill of state accordingly give & grant unto Mr Thomas Relfe seven hundred & fifty Acres of Land lying on the South-West side of paspatanck River, begining at a small marked Cypress att the mouth of a swamp & runing by Thomas Keele his land into the wood so West & by West 320 pole then Nor: West & by Nō: 375 pole, then Nōr: East & by East to a marked Cypress in the Codd of A Bay being one of Mr ffersons marked trees and so along the Bay to the point in the River, & downe the said River of paspatanck to the first station: the sd land being due to him the said Thomas Relfe by & for the transportac̄on of ffifteen persons into this Collony whose names are in the Records mentioned undr this pattent To have and to hold the sd land with his due share of all mines & mineralls therein conteined, wth all rights & priviledges of hawking, hunting ffishing & ffowling; with all woods, waters & Rivers with all profitts, Comodities & hereditamts whatsoever belonging to the said Land to him the sd Thomas Relfe his heirs & assignes for ever : In as large & ample manner to all intents & purposes as is exprest in a Charter off orders from the late Treasurer & Company; dated the 18th of Novembr 1618 or by consequenc may bee justly collected out of the same, or out of the Letters pattents whereon they are

-------------------- page 66 --------------------
grounded. To bee held of our Sovereigne Lord the King his heirs & successors for ever, as of his mannor of East Greenwich in free & com̄on soccage, & not in capite, nor by Knts service. Yielding & paying to our sd Sovereign Lord the King his heirs and Successors for every ffifty acres of Land hereby granted yearly at the feast of St Michael the Archangell the ffee rent of one shilling, which paymt is to be made yearly from year to year according to his Maties instructions of the 12th of Septemr 1662. Provided that if the sd Thoms Relfe his heirs or assignes doe not seat or plant, or cause to bee planted or seated upon the sd Land within three years next ensuing, That then itt shall bee lawfull for any Adventurer or plantor to make choise & seat therupon. Given att James Citty under my hand & the seal of the Collony this 25th day of Septemr 1663. And in the ffifteenth year of the reigne of our Soveraigne Lord King Charles the Second &c

WILLIAM BERKELEY