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Freehold Titles (ERO D/Q6 ACC 6029/10)

10.4.1576 (Tuesday 10 April 1576)

document 53100005

this indenture made the 10.4.18Eliz1 etc between Wm Sammes of Aldham in the county of Essex yeoman and Grace his wife late wife of Jn Newton deceased on the one part and Jn Barrett of Earls Colne in the same county yeoman on the other part witnesseth that the said Wm Sammes and Grace by their mutual assent consent will and agreement have bargained sold and confirmed and by these presents do fully clearly and absolutely bargain sell and confirm unto the said Jn Barrett all that their croft of land containing 2a lying and being in the parish of Earls Colne between the highway leading from Colne aforesaid towards Coggeshall on the one part and the land called Lytle Reycrofte on the other part one head thereof abutting upon the land sometime Thos Webbe and the other head thereof abutting upon the land called Muchelreycrofte now in the occupation and manurance of the said Jn Barrett or of his assigns together with all their right title interest use possession and demand and all the remainder that they the said Wm and Grace as in the right of the said Grace now have or have had of in or to the said croft of land or any parcel thereof and also the said Wm Sammes and Grace together with one like mutual assent consent will and agreement have bargained and sold and by these presents do fully clearly and absolutely bargain and sell unto the said Jn Barrett and to his heirs and assigns forever all the evidences deeds charters writings escripts scrowls and muniments whatsoever which they the said Wm and Grace or any of them or any other person or persons to their use or to the use of any of them or by their delivering or the delivering of any of them which do concern the said croft of land only or any parcel thereof now have or hereafter shall have to have and to hold all the said croft of land with all and singular the appurtenances together with all the right title interest use and demand and also the reversion and remainder that they the said Wm and Grace as in the right of the said Grace now have or have had of in or to the said croft of land or any parcel thereof unto the said Jn Barrett his heirs and assigns to the only sole and proper use behoof profit and commodity of the said Jn Barrett his heirs and assigns forever and the said Wm Sammes and Grace for them and either of them their heirs executors administrators and assigns and their executors administrators and assigns of either of them by these presents do covenant grant and agree with the said Jn Barrett his heirs and assigns that they the said Wm and Grace and heirs of the said Grace at and upon reasonable request and at the costs and charges of the said Jn Barrett his heirs or assigns shall and will on this side the feast of pentecost next ensuing the date hereof do knowledge and suffer or cause to be done knowledged and suffered all and every such act and acts thing and things deed and deeds device and devices assurance and assurances in the law as shall be reasonably devised advised or required by the said Jn Barrett his heirs and assigns or by his or their counsel learned in the law for the perfect and better assurance and sure making of all and singular the premises with the appurtenances unto the said Jn Barrett his heirs and assigns forever be it by fine feoffment with warranty against them and the heirs of the said Grace only deed or deeds enrolled enrollment of these presents recovery with double or single voucher release and confirmation with warranty against them the said Wm and Grace and the heirs of the said Grace only or by any and as many of those ways or means as by the said Jn Barrett his heirs or assigns shall be reasonably devised advised or required and further that the said croft of land with the appurtenances at the ensealing of these presents be and at all times hereafter shall be clearly acquitted exonerated discharged or saved harmless of and from all and all manner of former bargains sales jointures dowers former titles uses conditions limitations and every of them recognizances statutes merchant and of the staple executions judgements fines and amercements and every of them and of and from all other charges troubles and incumbrances whatsoever had made knowledged procured or done by the said Wm and Grace or any of them or by any other person or persons by any of their assents consents means procurement or agreement the rents and fines from henceforth t o be due for the said croft of land to the chief lord or lords of the fee only foreprised and excepted and that the said Jn Barrett his heirs an assigns for the consideration aforesaid shall and may peaceably and quietly hold occupy possess and enjoy the said croft of land with the appurtenances above bargained and sold without the lawful let interruption molestation vexation contradiction or disturbance of the said Wm Sammes and Grace or any of them or of any other person or persons having or claiming by from or under them or any of them in witness whereof to the one part of these present indentures remaining with the said Jn Barrett the said Wm and Grace have put their hands and seals and to the other part of these present indentures remaining with the said Wm and Grace the said Jn Barrett hath put his hand and seal the day and year first above written signed sealed and delivered in the presence of Jn Cockerell and Jn Latheroe

surrender to Barrett the croft by the pound