Mahele Documents

04885
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 ....

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.... itness 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]