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Title: W. W. Montgomery, U.S.A. to W. J. C. Allen, Belfast.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileMontgomery, William/29
SenderMontgomery, William
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationunknown
Sender ReligionProtestant
OriginAugusta, Georgia, USA
DestinationBelfast, N.Ireland
RecipientCampbell Allen, William J
Recipient Gendermale
SourceD 1558/1/1/211: Papers of William John Campbell Allen Deposited by F. D. Campbell Allen.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, N. Ireland.
Doc. No.9802449
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 09:02:98.
Word Count423
TranscriptAugusta (Ga) [Georgia?] Dec 6th 1859
Wm. [William?] J. C. Allen Esq

Dear Sir.
I take the liberty
of sending to you the copy of
an old deed, through our
mutual friend Mr Jno. [John?] Bones,
with the request that you
would inform me if it is
worth anything at this late
date. The history of the deed
& our family is shortly this,
The lots described in the
deed were sold by my great
grandfather to my grandfather
- shortly after my grandfather
removed to this Country, leaving
I believe, his father in possession -
Whether my great grandfather
died in possession or not, I know not
My grandfather married
in this Country and died
leaving a will by which he
bequested the property in
Tandreagee to his wife (my grandmother)-
She died without doing
anything to get possn [possession?] My
grandfather left only two children,
my father & uncle - the latter
is dead without issue now
living - My father is also dead
leaving four sons & three daughters
I am the eldest of the seven
and, by the law of primogeniture,
which I presume is of force
in Ireland, entitled to the
property in question provided it
can be recovered - Three difficulties
suggest themselves to me
as standing in the way of recovery -
to wit, lapse of time,
my being an alien and the rather
indefinite description given
in the deed of the lots, which
would make it difficult, if not
impossible to identify them
As to lapse of time, it is possible
that that might be avoided by
the fact that the claimants
have always been "beyond the
four seas" - As to the second
difficulty, I believe under
the decisions of the King's
Bench I may claim to be
a British subject, being the
grandson of a subject - As to
the third, you are better able
to form an opinion than
myself - Will you be kind
enough to examine the copy
deed herewith enclosed and
give me your opinion as to
the possibility of a recovery upon
the original - and if possible
whether the property is
worth the expense of attempting
a recovery - I do not send
the original deed as it is in
a very dilapitated condition
& difficult to decipher.
If you identify the property
please let me know it's present
value - Whatever expense may
be attendant upon these
inquiries will be propmtly met
as soon as ascertained.
Trusting, Sir, to the introduction
of our friend Mr Bones
to shield me from the imputation
of being a somewhat
troublesome correspondent
I am very respectfully
W. W. Montgomery