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Claim Number: 04882*H
Claimant: French,
Other claimant:
Other name:
Island: Hawaii
District: Kona,North,
Ahupuaa: Kawaihae,
Statistics: 8960 characters 1488 words
No. 4882*H, William French, Honolulu, January 15, 1848
F.R. 5v3

[Listed as 4882-4886]

To the Board of Land Commissioners, I hand you 6 surveys of real estate for which I claim titles: Viz.

4882, No. 1 Warehouse premises, known by the name of French's Honolulu premises, with the Butcher's shop and one half of the wharf known as Charlton's & French's wharf, and Blacksmith's shop.

4883, No. 2 Premises in Honolulu, where I now reside.

4884, No. 3 Warehouse & premises at Kawaihae, Hawaii.

4885, No. 4 Dwelling house and Premises at Waimea, Hawaii.

4886, No. 5 Slaughter house premises, and small enclosure adjoining, with grass houses and cookhouse thereon.

All the above named places have been surveyed by Mr. Metcalf, whose surveys please to find on file with this petition, and notify me when to lay them before you, with the necessary vouchers.
Signed, &c, William French

Understanding that a native woman, Kekai, has laid in a claim to house and premises now occupied by Mr. John Ladd in Honolulu, opposite my dwelling house. I have to state that said house was built by me, with the exception of the stone work which was done by John Ebbetts, deceased, during his absence on a voyage to Canton, in which he died. I have never been remunerated in full for my outlays, and have his written instructions how to appropriate his property in case of accident to him. The land was originally purchased from Richard Fort by said Jno Ebbets.
Signed, William French

See claim & testiony under No. 534

F.T. 167-168v2
Claim 4882 to 4886, Wm. French, February 2

Samuel Rice, sworn, I know these houses situated at Pahonu in Hawaii, They [are enclosed] with a stone wall which I think is the boundary. I heard Governor Adams say he had given the place to claimant in 1838 on condition of his building a wharf for the boats, and that it should be his. He built the stone house and wharf and has occupied the premises ever since in peace.

John Munn, sworn, I know the place and that the account of Mr. Rice is correct. I have often heard K[uakini?] say the same [blank section of page - illegible] know claimant has [blank section of page - illegible ?has held quiet possession of it?] since he obtained it in 1838 [blank section of page - illegible].

Samuel Rice, I know [blank section of page - illegible] ..huli Waimea for his own [blank section of page - illegible] [I] always understood got the place from [blank section of page - illegible ?Kuakini?] for services as Bullock catcher in 1831 and [blank section of page - illegible] the place and the Governor [blank section of page - illegible] like only do not encroach on the main road? He then took the place and enclosed it with a stone wall. I never heard of any opposition to his occupation. Mr. French ....

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.... ds 186 feet
On the southeast by the premises of William Blossom 132 feet.

With half the wharf and privilege therein before named.

The said William French in manner aforesaid and for his heirs, executors, administrators & assigns, do by these presents relinquish all claims to the said premises unto Francis John Greeway, his heirs, executors, administrators, and assigns for ever.

In witness whereof, I have herunto affixed my hand and seal at Honolulu, Island of Oahu, this 1st day of October 1838.
Witnesses: John Meek, G. Rhodes
Acknowledged 6 December 1844 before John Ricord, V.P.
Recorded 3 December 1844
Recorded in U.S. Consulate by William Hooper (no date)

F.J. Greenway, October 1, 1838
Bo [Bought] at Auction

Premises, stoes, shops, wharf & provilege Blacksmith's shop, Butcher's shop side and all things belonging to the store premises of William French, Possession 1 January 1839, $6,000

Terms: 1/4 on delivery January 1, 1839
3/8 six months after deliver
3/8 twelve months after delivery
Received Pay by Note to William French
Honolulu, October 1st 1838, Stephen Reynolds, Auctioneer

The enclosed bill of Sale being read to Messrs Henry Skinner & Alexander Simpson, was pronounced by them to be good.
William Hooper

Resumed page 305, volume III.

F.T. 305v3
Cl. 4882, W. French, Protest, Honolulu, 7 October 1850, from page 171 volume 2

To the Honorable Board of Land Commissioners: As the attorney [for?] William French, Esquire, who is the attorney of the late Mr. Greenway and a creditor of Mr. Greenway's to a large amount, I hereby protest against any action or judgement in regard to the property of the waterside premises known as Mr. Charlton's that may defeat Mr. French's intentions as made known to to His British Consul General on 3rd April 1848, as his right as Mr. Greenway's attorney, founded on Mr. Charlton's letter to Mr. Greenway on 11 March 1841 to claim said premises if Mr. Charlton should ever sell them on payment to Mr. Charlton or his assigns of four thousand dollars, five hundred dollars.
George J. Kenway, Attorney for William French

F.T. 330Bv3
Cl. 4882, William French, Part II, May 13, 1851, from page 172v2, Beretania Cotteg [Cottage?]

Dear Sir
I have amicably arranged matters with Mr. French. It is agreed that Mr. Charlton and Mr. Trench [?] are to be equal owners of the wharf and of the buildings and shop thereon.
Yours very truly, Wm. Miller
J.K Smith, Esquire, Member & Secretary, Board Land Commissioners

[Award 4882; R.P. 107; Merchant St. Honolulu Kona; 1 ap.; .55 Ac.; no R.P.; Queen St. Honolulu Kona; 1 ap.; .12 Ac.; See Award 4884 for Kawaihae award; See 4882-4886 for other claims]