Mahele Documents

Claim Number: 04885
Claimant: French, William
Other claimant:
Other name:
Island: Hawaii
District: Kohala, South
Ahupuaa: Waimea
Ili: Ahuli
Statistics: 5604 characters 962 words
[4885], No. 4882, 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 [part of claim 4882]
Claim 4882 to 4886, Wm. French, February 2

Samuel Rice, sworn, I know these houses situated at Pahonu in Hawaii, They [are enclo ....

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.... by these presents that I, William Hughs, of Waimea, Hawaii have this day sold to William French, merchant of Oahu, my dwelling houseand buildings & land adjoining the saem, situatted in Waimea and known by the name of Hughes' place for, and in consideration of th sum of $20.00, and do also hereby agree to guarrantee the same to himself, his heirs, executors, and administrators free from all claims or deamdns of any one person or persons from this date. In witness of which I have hereunder set my hand & seal this 25th of July 1840.
Waimea, Hawaii, 25 July 1840
H. Hughes
Witness: John P. Parker, A. Charles Davies

N.T. 493-494v2
No. 4885, W. Franch [French], February 2, 1848

S. Rice, sworn by the Word of God and stated, I have seen French's place in Waimea, Hawaii. French and Hughs had a lease with Kuakini and I had heard Hughs talking with Kuakini saying, "Where shall I build a house for me?" Kuakini answered saying, "You may build your house on the place that you desire to do so." With that answer Hughs began working for Kuakini as cowhand and sometime later Hughs built his house there and lived peacefully to the year 1840. He had a sale with French and French lived in peace since that time to this day, no one objecting to him.

John G. Munn, sworn by the Word of God and stated, "I have seen Hughs build his house, but I do not know when he had obtained it. I think Hughs would not have built an expensive house like that house had Kuakini not approved because it was very expensive. I know known that Hughs has lived there peacefully. The result of this interest is not very clear until Hughs shall come."

[Award 4885, R.P. 67; Ahuli Waimea; 1 ap. 21.9 Acs; See No. 4884 for Foreign Register, Foreign & Native Testimony documents]