Stephen  Rogers  &  Daniel  Shew
Lease  from
Joseph  Drake

This Indenture made the first day of October in the Year of Our Lord Eighteen hundred and forty four between Joseph Drake of Shelby County and State of Indiana of the one part and  Stephen Rogers  and  Daniel Shew  of Bartholomew County and State aforesaid of the other part
The said Joseph Drake agrees to rent his grist mill and lot of ground known as his mill lot which his son  Hiram  now lives on on Flatrock River with all the appurtenances thereunto belonging with the full privilige of useing all of the water for grinding or other wise when it fails to run over the Dam and all they may see fit to use when it runs over said dam
Said Joseph Drake is to build a new dam across said River for the use of said mill in the course of one year or there abouts for the use of said mill and keep it in good repair unto untoo [?]  Stephen Rogers and Daniel Shew for the term of seven years from the first day of next January for the sum of one hundred and twenty five dollars a year which they are to pay or cause the same to be paid y their heirs or assigns quarterly and the first quarters rent in advance on the first day of January next and so on allternately during the term of Seven years and they are to move off the old mill house at their expense and finish the same  build a new one thirty two by forty feet square or their abouts and build a new for bay at least two new water-wheels with gears and fixtures for the same all nessesary elevators  Rolling screen and  cooler or hopper boy all to be done in a good workmanlike manner
Said mill house is to be one and a half story high and to be well finished also a run of four feet burr stone and Irons for same for one hundred Dollars which they are to be paid for out of the last seven years rent by said Joseph Drakes furnishing them with Boards  Shingle rafters  weather boarding  Studding  Joist flooring plank for forebay and timber for the same and all other sawed lumber for the use of completing said mill which they are to keep in repair and at the expiration of said seven years they are to leave the mill in good repair and running order for which we severally bind ourselves and our heirs and assigns for the full and complete performance of the within made Indenture for which we severally affix our seals and names in presence of
James Davidson
Hiram Drake
                                                                                                   Joseph Drake   {{seal}}
Stephen Rogers   {{seal}}
Daniel Shew   {{seal}}

            Recorded September 30th 1845             John S Campbell       Recorder

Transcribed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

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