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No. 16, Eli Jones, Claimant
[Margin note: presented for file 11 0'clock 8th April]
To the Board of Commissioners for quieting Land titles.
The undersigned presents herewith the evidence of his title of the premises now in his occupation in Honolulu, consisting of the following documents.
First. A document signed Thomas Cummins with a map.
Second. A document signed Luther Wright with a map
All which he prays may be considered by the Board; and conferred to him according to the rights which he is entitled to by the Laws.
April 8, 1846
Copy, Know all men by these presents, that I, Thomas Cummins, at present of Honolulu, Island of Oahu, Sandwich Islands, trader, for and in, consideration of the sum of three thousand dollars, to me well and truly paid by Eli Jones, a citizen of the United States, now resident at Honolulu, as aforesaid, the receipt whereof I do hereby acknowledge, do by these presents grant, remise, release and forever quit claims unto the said Eli Jones, his heirs and assigns, all my rights, title, interest and estate in and to that piece of land with, and adobie house erected thereon, containing three rooms, situated in the village of Honolulu, Island of Oahu, bounded on the northwest side by the house known as the Pagoda, sixty-three feet, on the southwest side by the street dividing the premises hereby described from the store and premises now occupied by Francis Greenway, fifty-eight feet, nine inches, on the southeast side by the street dividing the said premises from the stone store of Thomas Cummins forty-five feet six inches, and on the northeast side by lands in the occupancy of natives, seventy-two feet.
To have and to hold the above released premises to him the said Eli Jones, his heirs and assigns, to his and the ....
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.... an interest himself of one half when the buildings were completed. Mr. Hinckley not having funds to meet his share, he then transferred whole to witness, and subsequently the building now occupied by Mr. Jones was sold by Mr. French to Mr. Cummins with the concurrence of the Governor, and that now occupied by Mr. Janion was sold to Hunglai.
Nos. 16 & 17, The Property of Eli Jones, Office of the Board of Commissioners Who Quiet Land Titles, Kauwila House, Honolulu, April 29, 1846
L. Aneru (Andrew) Oath administered, testified: Some years previously, four, five, six, seven, perhaps, I don't rem3mber, but he came to me for some chiefs of Kekuanaoa, Kinau, Auhea and some other people who I didn't know, about leasing property. I divided (the property) and when everything was done properly, I read (it) to the chiefs, but for other small matters, I do not know, I have forgotten.
William French, sworn for testimony, Kuakini gave that property to Capt. Hikale? Capt. Hikale began to work on the land where Janion is living now and because his means was meager, I gave him some so two people would be able on the property where E. Jones is residing now. One half of this estate became mine and finally when he was without funds the property became mine in its entirety. After this I sold to Kamaki the property where E. Jones is living now, also to Hunwai where Janion is living now. The governor was ill at the time of the transaction with Kamaki, so this was done before him (governor) personally.
Hearing was postponed to May 7 by the officers who quiet land title.
[Award 16; R.P.; 130; Beretania St. Honolulu Kona; 1 ap.; .08 Ac.; tmk 1-2-1-01, -02; Merchant St. Honolulu Kona; 1 ap.; .07 Ac.; Royal Patent Book lists awards 16 & 17 to J. Makee and J. Anthon]