A History of the Rice Lake Indians by Mary Jane Muskratte Simpson

Sale of Big Island

Sale of Big Island by the Indians

Big Island. No. 36 Page 89 Vol. 1.


Big Island
Bay of Quinte
Surrendered 1835

This Indenture, made the 18th day of November, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty-three, between Pashageezhig, John Agewains, Jacob Manjequionchcan, Joseph Skunk, James Indian and James Crawford, the principal Chiefs, warriors and people of the Mississauga nation of Indians, of the one part; and His Majesty King William the Fourth, by the Grace of God, of the United Kingdom, Great Britain and Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith, of the other part; witnesseth: That for and in consideration of the sum of five shillings of lawful money of the Province of Upper Canada, by his said Majesty to the said Pashageezhig, John Agewains, Jacob Manjequionchcan, Joseph Skunk, James Indian, James Crawford, have, and each and every of them hath granted, bargained, sold, released, surrendered, and for ever yield up unto his said Majesty, his heirs and successors, all that island commonly called by the name of Big Island, situate and being in the Bay of Quinte, in the Midland District and Province of Upper Canada, together with all the woods and waters thereon lying and being, and all and singular the rights, privileges, and appurtenances thereto belonging.

To have and to hold the said island and premises with their, and eacg of their appurtenances unto and for use of his said Majesty, his heirs, and successors forever.

In witness whereof the said parties these presents have hereunto set their hands and seals the day and year first above written. Signed, sealed and delivered in the presence of:-

Charles A. Clarke, A.C.G.
J. Barry, Lieut.15th Regt. Pashageezhig his mark (L.S.)
G. Pinder, Lieut. 15th Regt. John Agewains " "
Sylvester Hurlburt Jacob Manjequionchcan " "
James Winnet Joseph Skunk " "
James Winnet, Supt. Indian Affairs James Indian " "
James Crawford " "

Received the day and year within mentioned of His Majesty William the Fourth, the sum of five shillings province currency, being in full the consideration money within mentioned to be paid us.

The foregoing receipt is signed exactly as the indenture above.

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