Mahele Documents

Claim Number: 00037
Claimant: Austin, James
Other claimant:
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Island: Oahu
District: Kona
Ahupuaa: Honolulu
Ili: King St.
Statistics: 4792 characters 799 words
No. 37, James Austin, claimant
F.R. 48-49v1


Know all men by these presents, that I, James Vowles, a subject of Great Britain, resident of Oahu, resident of Oahu, Hawaiiian Islands, for and in consideration of one thousand dollars, to me in hand paid by james Austin, a Hawaiian subect, the receipt whereof I hereby acknowledge, have bargained, sold & delivered, and by these presents do bargain, sell & deliver unto the said James Austin, his heirs, administrators, assigns, all that piece of ground situated in Honolulu, Oahu, on the right side of the street leading from Reynold's wharf to Nuuanu Valley, bounded & described as follows: to wit:

Adjoining on to premises forming the angle of said street & the street where the Seaman's Chapel is situated, commencing at said premises and running along the street, East, Northeast, to premises belonging to Edward Dennis, forty-seven feet, two inches, running along the fence of said premises Southeast by South, to premises belonging to Harry Zupplien sixty-six feet five inches; running along said premises Southwest by West to premises forming the angle of the street fifty feet, eight inches; and run ....

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.... ynolds, sworn deposed, that he bought the place fo Mr. Gravier, and thinks he gave 200$ for it, he does not recollect the year, but thinks it was 1832 or 1833, and he sold it to Mr. Deadman, who paid witness 200$ for it. He kept a public house there, and sold it to Smith and Church, and afterwards Vowles occupied it. No natives asserted any rights while witness owned the land, nor has he ever heard of any native claims to it.

Mr. Munn, sworn deposed, and testified that the name attached to the deed presented by Mr. Austin is his own hand writing, and that the lease is a genuine one.


N.T. 84v1
No. 37, James Austin

S. Reynolds, sworn, I bought (land) from Kelemaka andpaid him $200.00 perhaps; later I sold (it) to [left blank] in the year 1830 perhaps. There was no way of knowing clearly the boundary; however, he gave me $200.00. I have not heard of any Hawaiian who had interest in that place.

John Mann's [Munn], sworn testimony, My own signature appears below on this document and I wrote it certifying every word of this document.

[Award 37; R.P. 6; King St. Honolulu Kona; 1 ap.; .06 Ac.]