is a RARE 1796 AGREEMENT LETTER, NEW YORK , PLUS AN ORIGINAL DUPLICATE OF THE ORIGINAL. I DO NOT KNOW WHICH ONE IS THE ORIGINAL & WHICH ONE IS THE DUPLICATE, I'M NOT AN EXPERT. The 2 documents came to us in a sleeve with writing that my Grandfather had written up describing the deeds, this is what is written on the sleeve: " Agreement dated July 5th, 1796 between William Cockburn and William Houtton(Hutton)(Houghton?) Witnessed by John Hammer Jas cockburn Perfects title of Will. Cockburn to six parcels of land on the West side of the waters running from Skenesborough to crown Point. Original & Duplicate original Peculiar and distinct Bond woven into the paper with the letter C. theron. Apparently Cockburn's private stationary " This document on the left has 3 folds from when is was folded horizontally with a main fold down the middle- the close-up is of this one on the left side, it has 2 very faint vertical fold marks. It measures approx. 15 1/2" by 13" when opened. IT HAS LOTS OF WEAR, HEAVY CORNER & EDGE WEAR WITH SMALL CHIPS & HOLES ON EDGES & FOLDS, A TEAR.CHIP AREA AT TOP RIGHT EDGE, WHEN OPENED THE RIGHT SIDE CENTER FOLD IS COMPLETELY SPLIT, DIS-COLORATION FROM AGE IN AREAS . The second appears different, with less damage, has some corner & edge wear, a couple of tiny holes on corner folds , has dis-coloration from age, has a modern day "147?" in pencil at top left corner. These are very nice pieces, 212 years old! Great for your collection! I have many more from this period & era that I will be listing over the next few weeks. This came from the estate of my late Grandfather who was a lawyer in White Plains New York. He collected many antique documents such as this. He got most of his collection in the 1930s & '40s. This is the first time being offered, fresh to market.
William Cockburn (?-1804) from Berwickshire, Scotland, settled in Kingston, Ulster County, in the early 1760s and was employed as a surveyor, land agent and speculator, primarily in Ulster County, for the Hardenbergh and Hurley Patents, but also for surrounding counties and for his personal land dealings in what is now Vermont.
Cockburn married Catherine Trumpbour (spelled variously Trompbour, Trimpbour and, most commonly, Tremper) of Palatine German descent. They had five children: Alexander, James, Christina (who married Nicholas DeMyer), Catherine (who married John Trumpbour), and William Jr.
William Cockburn's sons James (ca.1775-1848) and William Jr. accompanied their father on surveying expeditions as did his nephew, Jacob Trumpbour Jr.
John Kiersted Sr. (1786-1862) of Saugerties, was a frequent surveyor for the Cockburns and, in later years, James Cockburn's son, Walter A. Cockburn, also worked as a surveyor.
As evidenced in an advertisement in the collection, William Cockburn also taught surveying, influencing Moses DeWitt of Ulster County, and employing numerous other surveyors such as Charles C. Broadhead and John Cantine.
William Cockburn is buried in Mount Marion Cemetery, Kingston, New York.
THIS IS FROM MY GRANDPARENTS ESTATE. I AM DESCRIBING THIS AS BEST AS I CAN - IF FOR ANY REASON YOU ARE UNHAPPY WITH THE ITEM BECAUSE OF THE DESCRIPTION NOT MEETING YOUR EXPECTATIONS THEN CONTACT ME FIRST BEFORE LEAVING FEEDBACK SO I CAN REMEDY THE PROBLEM- FEEDBACK FORUM IS NOT THE PLACE TO RESOLVE DISPUTES- THAT'S AN EBAY RULE. Makes a great gift! A nice addition to your collection. I DO COMBINE WINNING AUCTIONS FOR BETTER SHIPPING, BUT ONLY THOSE THAT END WITHIN 2 DAYS OF EACH OTHER.
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Will be packed safely. -- ALSO: I EMAIL EVERY BUYER WITH A DELIVERY CONFORMATION NUMBER & TIME OF MAILING AFTER EACH PAYMENT- IF YOU DON'T GET IT THEN YOUR SPA...