Copy of Deed of Entailment
Handwritten copy penned by Charles Fraser
“To all people to whom these presents shall come greeting –
“Know all men by these presents, that I, Alexander Fraser of the town of Guilford in the county of New Haven, and Colony of Connecticut in New England, Shopkeeper and Apothecary, for and in consideration of the love, goodwill and affection which I have and do bear towards my dearly beloved son, Alexander Fraser Jun. of the town, county, and colony aforesaid, have given and granted, and by these presents do hereby freely, clearly and absolutely give and grant to said Alexander Fraser Jun., his heirs, assigns and successors, all and singular, every part and parcel of my lands eastward of Boston in the county of York in the province of the Massachusetts Bay in New England, Being a tract of land lying twenty eight miles upon the sea, and about thirty-two miles back, and commonly known by names Round Pond, Broad Coves, Broad Bay etc., as per my deed of said premises from Timothy Boardman, bearing date May 21st 1745 and recorded in Sib. 26 Vol. 188 of records for the county of York aforesaid, may more fully appear. (Excepting such and so much of said land as I have already before the date of these presents disposed of in any shape or form, and also excepting twelve hundred acres which I now reserve to pay my debts and likewise one thousand acres which I reserve for the portions of my beloved son and daughter Charles Fraser and Mary Anne Fraser as per each of their respective deeds). All the remainder and reversion of the above said premises, contained in the forecited deed, to have and to hold save what is above excepted.
“Many legal conditions omitted [in left margin]
“But if it shall happen that any of the heirs or successors to said estate, should at any time hereafter die, having no male but female children, they shall succeed in every respect while they or the heiress is unmarried, or when married to one of the name of Fraser. But when married to one of another name then this, said estate shall pass to the next of kin in the succession (for none but a Fraser shall ever possess the estate aforesaid) but if she marry a Fraser and have no children the estate must go to the next of kin. The said estate must remain entailed t the name of Fraser forever, according to the trust and most perfect entailment that ever was or can be construed or invented.
“But if the line of succession should be entirely extinct, both [male] & female, the estate shall pass to the Chief of the name of Fraser, viz. Lord Lovat, upon the following conditions: as upon his refusal or neglect, it shall pass to any generous-spirited and pious inclined person by the name of Fraser who will fulfill these conditions viz. The person who takes the estate shall put one-half the annual value of rent into the Bank or to usury & pay out of it to erect and maintain a Mathematical School on the said premises forever. It shall be called Fraser’s College, for the purpose of instructing as many poor both of children and youth, as can be provided for without cost to themselves.
“In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 20th Sept. 1753.
“Alexander Fraser [on right side]
“Witnesses Timothy Stow