1727 Fee Simple Deed of Gift - Important RI Family - The Billinggames

1727 Fee Simple Deed of Gift - Important RI Family - The Billinggames


A 1727 (290 years old) document from the Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations that is a rare TOTALLY HANDWRITTEN Fee Simple Deed of Land (very rare in itself) and it involves one of the founding families of Rhode Island. It is the transfer of land from Thomas Burllinggame (spelled Burlingame today) to his son Joshua Burllinggame through a ‘Fee Simple Deed of Gift'. Deeds or indentures from this period are extremely rare with a fee simple deed of gift almost unheard of nor seen.

It is also signed by a famous member of another founding family of RI – James Congdon and by Daniel Everitt another important man in RI history and a Revolutionary War officer. This one is not only in excellent shape, but has its original wax seal and the signatures of three men important in the history of The Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations. You can see the words that include 'Providence Plantations' in the body of this deed of gift.

Below is a definition of a fee simple deed of gift:

‘In English law, a fee simple or fee simple absolute is an estate in land, a form of freehold ownership. It is a way that real estate may be owned in common law countries, and is the highest possible ownership interest that can be held in real property.

There is also an endearing little paper ‘repair’ to the top back of this paper made with a small scrap of paper from 1712. You can see it in one of the pictures accompanying this post. To me, this just adds to the beauty of this treasure.


This very beautiful 290 year old free simple deed of gift is 12” x 16” long and I will include some provenance on the family as part of the package.

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