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With many thanks to the staff at the York County (PA) Archives, I was able to quickly receive 2 deeds that mention my George Myrise, via email, with excellent scans! So, I hope you’ll excuse my absence for the last week, as I’ve been pouring over all of these documents!

So, here we go. The following document is from the Deed books at York County, and is dated 22 October 1785, between a Mathias Baker, and his wife Mary, and our George Myrise.

Note – reading legal papers is not easy, I’ve done my best.

You can see the Deed in PDF here: Deed book 2C page 485

Baker et ux [and wife] to Myrise

This Indenture Made the twenty second Day of October Anno Domini One Thousand seven hundred and Eighty five Between Mathias Baker and Mary hid Wife of the Town of Petersburg Township of Germany County of York and State of Pennsylvania of the one part and George Myrise of the Township County & State aforesaid of the other part. Witnesseth that the said Mathias Baker and Mary his wife as well for the Yearly Groundrents and Covenants herein mentioned to be paid performed and fulfilled by the said George Myrise his Heirs & Assigns as for the Consideration Sum of five Shillings Currency of Pennsylvania to them in Hand paid by the said George Myrise at the Ensealing hereof the Receipt of which id hereby acknowledged and the said George Myrise of the said Sum discharged. Hath granted bargained Sold Releised & confirmed and do by these Presents Grant bargain Sell a lien and Confirm unto the said George Myrise his Heirs and Assigns forever the following Bounded and discribed Pieces Parcells at two Lotts of Ground lying and being in the Town of Petersburg on the South Side of the Main Street called Kings Street being a great Road leading from Yorktown in county of York to Frederik Town in State of Maryland Containing in Part the Street aforesaid Each Lott sixty six Feet and in Length or debth [depth] two hundred and sixty four Feet known on the General Plan of the whole Town by their numbers Seventy five and seventy six Bounded on the North by the Street aforesaid on the East by a Lot of Ground No. seventy seven on the South by Land of Joseph Plautt [?] & on the West by a sixteen Foot Alley […] It being part of a Tract of Land which was granted by the Honourable the Proprietor of the Late Province now State of Penna [Pennsylvania]. By their Letters Patent under the great Seal of the said Province bearing date at Philadelphia the Eighteenth Day of September which was in the Year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and sixty unto a certain Peter Little senr [senior?] […] and which by sundry other Grants and Sales is become the lawfull Estate and Property of Mathias Baker his Heirs and Assigns forever. Together with all and singular the Improvements belonging and appertaning or being within the Bounds or Limmits thereof Reversions Remainders Rents Issues and Profits thereof . To have and to hold the hereby granted two Lotts of Ground and Appartenances  unto the said George Myrise his Heirs and Assigns forever. Yielding and paying thereout and therefore unto the said Mathias Baker his Heirs and Assigns at the said Town of Petersburg upon the first Day of May yearly and every year forever since the first Day of May last past the Rent or Sum of seven Shillings and six Pence Currency of Pennsylvania for each and every of the said Lots of Ground, Provided always nevertheless that if any of the said Ground Rents be behind and unpaid for the Space of ninty Days…
After,

(486)

After the Days & Times the sum ought to be paid and discharged that then it shall and may be Lawfull to and for the said Mathias Baker his Heirs or Assigns, into or upon the said Lots of Ground or any part thereof to enter and distrain for the said Ground Rents and the distress or distresses then and there so found to take lead drive carry away and Impound and Impounded to detain at the risque Con [?] and Charges of the said George Myrise his Heirs or Assigns for the Space of ten Days and if within the Space of Ten days satisfaction and payment be not made of the Groundrents and Averages thereof if and such be the said distress or distresses to Expose to Sale at public Vendue for the best price that can be reasonable gotten for the same and after Payment of the said Groundrents and averages thereof if any be with costs of distress detainure and and Sale the over plush if any be to be returned to the said George Myrise his Heirs and assigns. Provided also if no distress can be found sufficient to satisfy the said Groundrents and averages thereof upon the said Lots of Ground and Promises that then it shall and may be lawfull to and for the said Mathias Baker his Heirs and Assigns into and upon the said Lots of Ground or any part thereof in the Name of the whole wholly to ReEnter and the same again to Repossess and Enjoy as his or their own Estate and Property in as full and absolute a Manner to all Intents and Purposes as if the Indenture had never been Executed.

And the said George Myrise doth for himself his Heirs & Assigns Covenant & Promise to and the said Mathias Baker his Heirs & Assigns in Form following that the said George Myrise his Heirs Executors Administrators or Assigns or some one of them shall and will well and truly pay or cause to be paid to the said Mathias Baker his Heirs or Assigns the said Ground Rents or Sum of Seven Shillings and six Pence Currency of Penna yearly at the days and Times herein mentioned for each & every of the said Lots of Ground According to the true Intent and meaning of these Presents. And the said Mathias Baker doth for himself his Heirs and Assigns Covenant and Grant to and with the said George Myrise his Heirs and Assigns that upon Condition of the Payment of the Yearly Ground Rents According to the true Intent of these Presents, State that the said George Myrise his Heirs and Assigns shall and from henceforth may have hold Occupy Possess and Enjoy the hereby granted two Lots of Ground and Promise as his or their Estate and Property without the Lawfull Lott Hindrance Interruption Molestation or denial of him the said Mathias Baker his Heirs or Assigns or any person By from or under him them or any of them. And further that he or they shall and will at the lawfull Request and cost of the said George Myrise his Heirs or Assigns Sign Seal and Execute any other Deed or Instrument of writing for the better conveying and afouring [?] the said Lots of Ground & Promises  unto the said George Myrise his Heirs and Assigns as shall be council learned in the Law be Judged Necessary or Requisite. In witness whereof the said Parties hath hereunto set their Hands Seals the Day and Year first above written.
{Mathias Baker} seal
{Mary (her mark) Baker} seal

Signed Sealed and Delivered in our Presents
{R McIlhinny} {Adam Wintroth}

Received on the Day of the date hereof of George Myrise the sum of five Shillings the Sum mentioned as P[..]       {Mathias Baker} seal
Witness Present {R McIlhinny} {Adam Wintroth}

York County [..] Before me the Subscriber one of the Judges or Justices of the Court of Common Pleas for the Aforesaid County Came Mathia Baker and Mary his Wife and severally acknowledged the within Indenture Contained on the other part of this Sheet of Paper as their Act & Deed to the Intent the same be admitted on Record as such According to Law said Mary being of full Age and was by me deamed apart from her Husband said she knew the Contents and became party to the within Indenture freely and of her own
Accord

(487)

Accord without Coercion and Compulsion from her Husband. In Testimony whereof I have hereunto set my Hand & Seal the 25th Day of October Anno Domini 1785
{Thos. Fisher} seal
A true copy taken from & Compared with the Original at York the 27th Day of Oct. 1785
{Archd MClean} Recorder

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