WILLIAM PENN. Letters Patent signed ("WmPenn") of a plot of land in Walnut Street, Philadelphia, to Daniel Jones, Philadelphia, 22 [June] 1685; with Letters Patent signed by Penn's nominees, James Claypoole and Robert Turner, granting Jones a further lot in Walnut Street, and other material
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WILLIAM PENN
Letters Patent signed ("WmPenn") of a plot of land in Walnut Street, Philadelphia, to Daniel Jones, Philadelphia, 22 [June] 1685; with Letters Patent signed by Penn's nominees, James Claypoole and Robert Turner, granting Jones a further lot in Walnut Street, and other material
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WILLIAM PENN
Letters Patent signed ("WmPenn") of a plot of land in Walnut Street, Philadelphia, to Daniel Jones, being "a Lott of Land in Philadelphia Conteining in breadth Sixty Two Feet & in Length Two Hundred & Fifty Two Feet bounded Northward with back Lotts Eastward with Vacant Lotts Southward with Wallnutt Street Westward with a Vacant Lott Granted by a Warrant from my self bearing date the Twentieth day of the First Month One Thousand Six Hundred Eighty Three & laid out by the Surveyor General's Order the Twenty Seaventh day of the said Month & Year unto Daniel Jones & the said Daniel Jones Purchaser requesting me to consign the same by Patent", and stating the terms of the grant for which the sum of a silver shilling is to be paid each year; docketed by Thomas Lloyd, Master of the Rolls, as recorded in the Office of the Rolls & Public Registry at Philadelphia, 30 [July] 1684; seal tag with traces of Penn's papered armorial seal, vellum, light dust-staining but otherwise in fresh and attractive condition, 230 x 330 mm., Philadelphia, 24 [June] [1684]; together with Letters Patent signed by Penn's nominees, James Claypoole and Robert Turner, granting Jones a further lot in Walnut Street "in the Citty of Philadelphia" for five silver shillings a year; docketed by Patrick Robinson, as Deputy, as recorded in the Patent Office, seal-tag with trace of seal, vellum, light dust-staining but overall in fresh and attractive condition, 197 x 265 mm., Philadelphia, 22 [June] 1685; with later correspondence, transcripts and engravings

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  • A GRANT OF LAND IN WALNUT STREET, PHILADELPHIA, SIGNED BY WILLIAM PENN AT PHILADELPHIA IN "THE FOURTH [YEAR] OF MY GOVERNMENT", styling himself "by the Providence of God and the King's Authority Proprietor & Governor of the Province of Pennsylvania". The recipient of these two grants, Daniel Jones (1640-1697), was a cordwainer from North Wales, and is said to have been one of those who accompanied Penn to America on the Welcome in 1682; his daughter Rebecca attesting on 1 June 1754: 'This is to certify, to whom it may concern, that Daniel Jones came into Pennsylvania from north Wales, in or about the year sixteen hundred and eighty-three, and sometime soon after bought a piece of land in Walnut Street, of the proprietor, William Penn; and the said Daniel Jones lived upon the premises to about the year one thousand six hundred and ninety-five, and then died; leaving four children' (see Catherine Carter Fullerton's online genealogy of the descendants of John Carter of Gloucester County, NJ). He was eventually to acquire five large plots in the centre of Philadelphia: 'He owned the north side of the frontage property between 4th and 5th streets in downtown Philadelphia as well as several other properties [See Vol. 23 of the Publications of the Genealogical Society of PA]' and in 1686 he 'bought from John Hodkinson, Chester County innkeeper, the latter's lot on the north side of Walnut, between Fourth and Fifth streets; it adjoined on the east two lots Jones had obtained by warrants in 1683 and 1684. In November, 1690, Caleb Pusey assigned to Jones Pusey's lot at the northeast corner of Fifth and Walnut streets. Jones' Philadelphia estate was assessed at £100 in 1693 [Philadelphia Business Directory, 1690, p. 113]' (see Geni online, managed by Peter Dutton, Jr.).

    Penn's grant original grant of 1684 is docketed by Thomas Lloyd who had arrived in Pennsylvania the year before and was almost immediately appointed the colony's Master of the Rolls, which gave him responsibility for enrolling official documents, including laws, deeds, and commissions, and when Penn left the colony that August he was appointed President of the Council – effectively the colony's governor – and Keeper of the Great Seal. When Penn appointed the soldier, and non-Quaker, John Blackwell governor, he was to use this control of official documents to frustrate his administration. James Claypoole, the first signatory of the later grant, was brother-in-law of the Protector's daughter, Elizabeth Cromwell, and a leading Quaker merchant, who took his family to Pennsylvania in the early years of the colony and played an important part in its early history (for further details of both men, see the ODNB). Robert Turner, Claypoole's fellow signatory on this later document, was another rich Quaker merchant, and it has been claimed for him that 'he set the architectural pattern of the city' (Marion Balderston, 'Robert Turner, Merchant of Philadelphia', Quaker History, Vol. 53, No. 1, Spring 1964, p. 6). Patrick Robinson, who has docketed the deed, served as Clerk of the Provincial Court and likewise played a prominent, if disputatious, part in the colony's affairs. The two deeds originally went with a property at 423 Walnut Street.
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