Here's the Kennedy petition. Unfortunately, naming names wasn't a big deal almost 200 years ago. My copy is very light & difficult to read; hope everything is correct. I would appreciate your interpretation of this document.
To His Exelllency Major General George _____ Smyth, Lieutenant Governor & Commander in Chief of the Province of New Brunswick.
The Memorial of John Kennedy
That Your Excellencys Memorialist was born in this Province and is a British Subject. That he resides in the Town of Fredericton, and for the last five years has resided therein, and in the Parish of Westfield in Kings County. That he is a married man, and never had any Grant of Land from The Crown.
That, as Your Memorialist is informed his Father-in-law did, some years ago, receive in exchange for a Lot of Land at Musquash in the County of Saint John, the Lot No. 10 in the Grant to A. Coddington and others, on the N.W. side of the Long Reach of the River St. John; on which said Lot No. 10 he did, during his life time, make large improvements. That on his death said Lot descended to his Heirs, one of whom then was, and now is the wife of Your Memorialist, and the other her Brother. That Your Memorialist has purchased from his said Brother-in-law his share or proportion of the said Lot for the Sum of S.125-- S.100.. of which purchase money he paid in hand, on receiving the Instrument hereunto annexed. That Your Memorialist has recently discovered that said lot has been Escheated, and is now vested in the Crown.
Your Excellencys Memorialist therefore most humbly Prays that said Lot No. 10 may be granted to him, as it is his chief dependance as a support for himself and Family. And as in duty bound will ever pray.
[signed] John Kennedy
On the Nineteenth day of March 1819, before me Wm. Allen Esquire one of His Majestys Justices of the Peace for said County, personally appeared the within named John Kennedy and made oath, that the several matters and things set forth in the before written Petition are just and true.
[signed] Wm. Allen, Justice Peace
20th March 1819
The Situation herein described is an escheated Lot not so granted.
[signed] Geo. Shore, Lieut. Genl.
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