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Claim Number: 00248
Claimant: Thomas, Joseph
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Island: Oahu
District: Waialua
Ahupuaa: Waialua
Ili: Ihimanu
Statistics: 6375 characters 1172 words
No. 248, Joseph Thomas, Claimant
F.R. 160-161v1

To the Honorable Commissioners appointed to quiet land titles. I, Joseph Thomas, a native of Surry, County of Kent, England, came to the Sandwich Isles in the schooner, Lydia, Captain Quisley, in the year 1816. The schooner being sold to the chiefs, & after making a trip to the [? S? south] West became a resident on the Island of Oahu, where I have ever since lived.

In the year 1818, I purchased of Keaumoku a land in Mauanui, Waialua, called Ihimanu, for which I paid him the nominal sum of one hundred dollars, part in cash and part in goods. This land [?] far as enclosed, containing between 5 & 6 acres, lying on both sides of the Mauanui River, in shape [] like the figure below.


[cultivated land & building spot]

Connected with this land is a plain and valley, lying in common which were pointed out to me as belonging to my land.

These pasture lands I have improved by making them my horse and goat pasture for about 28 years.

This enclosure and the plain and valley belonging to it, I have enjoyed in undisturbed possession for these 28 years, except that about 5 years since, a small part of my enclosure ....

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.... year 1830 perhaps, I had seen J. Thomas living with Keeaumoku; however, this is a farming land for Kela and there is a patch. I do not remember the number of years he has lived there to this day in peace. I have seen the map of his land but I do not understand it very clearly. I have not known that anyone has objected, nor have I seen it has been enclosed. Keeaumoku is a chief and he had given J. Thomas land without any obligation.

A. Paki, sworn, I had seen J. Thomas in the year 1820 as he was living in Waialua on this land. In 1827 I had gone to live in Waialua and I saw him living there and since then, he had lived comfortably to this day. I haven't seen the boundaries, yet I think this map is correct. J. Thomas's land is from Keeaumoku because he is a haole for Keeaumoku.

Kalemaka, sworn, I have seen J. Thomas's land in Waialua called Hihimanu. I believe I have seen him living on this land for twenty years, perhaps. I have seen T. Metcalf's surveying and I think the map is correct. I have heard only that his land is from Keaumoku. I have not seen his mauka land. He also has land at Kamananui and at Waialua where it is an animal raising land.

[Award 248; R.P. 19; Ihimanu Waialua; 1 ap. 8.23 Acs]