Section VI - Massey Data Bank One Maryland Massey Family by George Langford, Jr. 1901-1996
©Cullen G. Langford and George Langford, III, 2010

Maryland Land Records, Queen Anne's County, Liber JB #1, Folio 283, 284 & 285
John Massey to James Duhanel, April 17, 1812

April 17, 1812 (recorded April 28, 1812): John Massey for the sum of $1.00 sells the 200 acre tract called Bridgewater (inherited from his late father Eleazer Massey) and sundry Negro boys James, Emmanuel, Barry and John, and a Negro girl named Esther, to be placed in trust with James Duhanel for his daughters Rachel, Sarah Ann, and unnamed children. Witnesses: Justices of the Peace Robert Stevens and John Duhanel.

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Queen Anne's County to wit: Be it remembered that on the twenty-eighth day of April, Anno Domini eighteen hundred and twelve, the following indenture was brought to be recorded to wit: This indenture made this seventeenth day of April in the year of our Lord eighteen hundred and twelve. Between John Massey of Queen Anne's County and state of Maryland of the one part and James Duhanel of the county and state aforesaid of the other part.  Witnesseth that the said John Massey, for and in consideration of the natural affection and love which she hath for his two daughters Juliet and Sarah [illegible] and any other children that having hereafter leave by [illegible] and also the sum of one dollar to him in hand paid by the aforesaid James Duhanel, the receipt whereof he does hereby acknowledge, have given, granted, bargained, and sold and by these presents do give, grant, bargain, and sell onto the aforesaid James Duhanel, his heirs, and assigns, in trust all that part of a tract or parcel of land called Bridgwater, containing about 200 acres more or less, which was devised to him by the last will and testament of his father Eleazar Massey, late of Queen Anne's County, deceased, and also one Negro boy called James, one other Negro boy called Emmanuel, one other Negro boy called Barry, one other Negro boy called John, one Negro girl called Esther. To have and to hold onto the same said James Duhanel, his heirs, and assigns and trust the aforesaid part or parcel of land above described in the herein mentioned Negroes have to him the said James Duhanel, his heirs, and assigns, forever in trust to and for the use, intent, and purposes aforesaid and for no other use, intent, or [illegible] whatever. In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this day and year first above written.
John Massey {seal}

Signed sealed and delivered
in the presence of
Robert Stevens    John Duhanel

On the back of the original deed was this thus endorsed to wit: Received on the seventeenth day of April eighteen hundred and twelve of James Duhanel mentioned in the above deed one dollar being the full consideration money therein mentioned.
John Massey
 Robert Stevens    John Duhanel

Be it remembered that on the day of the date of the foregoing indenture before us, the subscribers, two of the Justices of the Peace for Queen Anne's County, formally appeared John Massey, the grantor within mentioned, and acknowledged the within instrument of writing to be his act and deed and the intent and the land and Negros slaves therein mentioned to be the right and estate of the aforesaid James Duhanel, his heirs, and assigns, in trust forever for the within mentioned children and for no other use intent or purpose whatever according to the true intent and meaning thereof acknowledged.
Robert Stevens
John Duhanel
Note: "for the within mentioned children" interlined before signed.