The other day I got an email from Mocavo announcing Genealogy Karma that was modeled after Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness. Naturally I checked it out and thought to myself, 'what the heck, I will post a query.'
There's a land record that I have been trying to get a hold of for quite sometime and knew the possibility was slim to none that I would find myself in New York City hanging out at the New York Public Library where this particular record is housed.
All I knew was that Clark K. McAdams was grantee to George & Sarah Piggot in New York City 22 April 1796 which I discovered from here. George and Sarah were my fourth great-grandparents.
So that was my query. I hoped someone could find this record in the library for me. Then I received my answer, a link to the document that was online at FamilySearch! You mean to tell me that I had access to this info the whole time?! Nevertheless, I was excited!
Not only did I find the record I was looking for, but I scoured the images for more and found him listed as grantee for the same property as well as the mortgage papers! He bought the property from a Dr.Samuel Bradhurst May 16, 1795. His mortgage happens to be with the same Clerk Kilby McAdam that he sold the property to on April of 1796. I wonder why he sold the property only after a year?
Below is a transcription of the mortgage.
Registered for and at the Request
of Abraham Skinner Esqr this 19th day of May 1795
Memorandum that on the sixteenth day of May in the year
of our Lord One thousand seven hundred and ninety five. George Pigott of the city of New York Gentleman, did Mortgage to Clerk Kilby McAdam of Islip in Suffolk County and State of New York, All that Certain Dwelling house and two Lots or parcels of ground situate lying and being in the late Outward of the City of New York, now the Sixth Ward of the said City, near the fresh Water Bounded Easterly by ground late of Michael Hufnagel Southerly by ground late of John Kingston. Westerly by lot number One hundred and nineteen lately belonging to the said John Kingston and Northerly by Cross Street. Containing in breadth in front and Rear fifty feet and in length on each side One hundred and fifty feet, Together with all and Singular Vc. (?) Provided always that if the said George Pigott his heirs Executors or Administrators shall pay or Cause to be paid unto the said Clerk Kilby McAdam or to his certain Attorney heirs Executors or Administrators or Assigns the sum of Eight hundred and twenty five pounds Current money of New York on or before the sixteenth day of May which will be in the Year of our Lord One thousand seven hundred and ninety eight, with lawful Interest for the same annually from the Date hereof, According to the Condition of a Certain Bond in the said Mortgage recited then the said Mortgage to be void which Mortgage was proved by the Affidavit of Abraham Skinner one of the Subscribing Witnesses before John Ray the twentieth day of May 1795.
You can bet since I found this new resource I will be looking for other New York ancestors.