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    Franklin D. Roosevelt: Historic Roosevelt Family Indenture Dated 1796. March 1, 1796 (filed March 4, 1796). Three pages, folio, New York.

    This is a fantastic large autograph legal document relating to FDR's paternal great grandparents, Jacobus (James) (1760-1847) and Maria Roosevelt (1759-1810). This historic document required one thousand pounds in currency be conveyed to Ahasuerus Turk for the Roosevelt's purchase of a lot in southern Manhattan on Maiden Lane. Both James' large signature and his wife's smaller one appear at the bottom of the document. A section of the document is missing which unfortunately affects the last two letters of James' "Roosevelt", and the same missing piece affects a small portion of the "t" at the end of Maria's signature. Document has separated at the folds into eight sections, with some toning to the paper, else legible, bright and in very good condition. Though the condition of this document has suffered, it can easily be returned to its original state with professional restoration. The Roosevelt family was some of the earliest citizens of New York City and this important colonial document provides a historic genealogical link from them to FDR and later Roosevelts.

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