New York City Deed Dated December 24, 1696. A Manuscript document in English recording a transfer of ownership from Luke van Thinehoven, a surgeon, to Sampson Benson for a lot situated on Smith Street, owned by van Thinehoven and sold to Sampson Benson. Ink on paper, 41.5 cm x 33 cm, with ink annotations on the verso.
The property located as: “… a certain parcel of ground situate lying and being In a Certain Street within the Citty of New York called smith street bounded west by the said street North by the ground of Henry Jellise west by the Land of Stephen van Courtland, and south by the Latt [sic] of Land of Gerrit Burge Containning in breadth in the front to the said street twenty five foot, North in length one Hundred six foot six inches, east in Breadth twenty foot and South in length one Hundred and five foot and six inches…”. Sampson Benson is recorded in this document with the anglicized spelling of his family name and with an added “p”. The original Swedish spelling was “Bensingh.” Samson Benson’s father emigrated from Sweden to Groningen, Netherland, and from there to the New Netherland. Sam[p]son Benson was born 04 July 1652 and married Tryntje Van Deusen (Benson).
Smith Street began below Wall Street, where William Street intersected with Wall Street. Smith Street is found on the Carwitham Plan dated 1730, as well as on the Plan of the City of New York published in The New York Directory, and Register, for the Year 1789. See: Augustyn and Cohen, Manhattan Maps 1527-2014. The condition of this remarkable document has been much improved with conservation, which included the removal of adhesive tape, the mending of tears, the thorough dry cleaning, mending and the careful preservation of the red wax seals from the reign of William III.