Forbes v. Apalachicola Land Company

Forbes v. Apalachicola Land Company

Lower Court

  • Franklin County


  • 1853


  • 440


  • 773


-and your oratrix Mary Sophia Williams and of Wm. H. Forbes deceased. That in the course of its said operations, said House of Panton, Leslie, & Company, sustained divers great primary losses prior and subsequent to the year 1799, by robberies committed by the Indians then inhabiting this section of Country and by large debts incurred by them at the trading establishments of the House, for which losses, said Indians were wholly unable to make any recompense save by a cession of their lands, which they held subject to presumption right in the crown of Spain, the sanction of which it was necessary to obtain to cession of lands, which said Indians might make. That such sanction was first obtained from Governer Folch, at that time Governor of West Florida, on the 17[th] of June 1804, and subsequently ratified by repeated acts of said Governor and all the necessary Spanish authorities and agents.That said Indians by various conveyances and formalities, and in presence of divers witnesses and Spanish authorities of various grades and classes, and with their express sanction, conveyed to the Honor of Panton, Leslie & Co. and John Forbes & Co., in consideration of said losses the body of lands lying in the present Counties of Leon, Gadsden, and Franklin, known as "The Forbes Purchase," using the words "cede, concede, give, sell and transfer" to the said Panton, Leslie & Co., their heirs, executors, and administrators, in our name and that of our people the aforesaid district of land (after having described the boundary) contained within the limits afore described, to be by them their heirs, executors, assigns, and, administrators-