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"Massachusetts, Land Records, 1620-1986," digital images, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints,FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org : accessed 13 January 2015), Worcester County, "Deeds, 1812-1813, Vol. 184-185," Volume 184, Pages 509-510, images 265-266 of 693, Deed of Nathan Gates to John Peirce Jr., 1812; citing records in land offices and county courthouses, statewide, Massachusetts.
This 40 acre tract of land is just north of the road from Winchendon to Westminster, and not far from the land formerly owned by Simon Gates, the father of Nathan Gates, and owned at the time of this deed by his mother, Susanna Gates and his brothers, Simon Gates and Daniel Gates.
As you can see, there is a mortgage involved in this deed. On the same date, John Peirce Jr. sold this tract of land to Nathan Gates for $800. Apparently, Nathan Gates did not pay the entire $800 to John Peirce Jr., he paid only $400. In the deed above, Nathan Gates agreed to make four payments of $100 yearly, with interest, to the Boston Bank. If he made all of the payments, the deed above is voided - the land will belong to Nathan Gates. If he doesn't make the payments, the land title will revert back to John Peirce Jr. along with all money that Nathan Gates paid him.
Nathan Gates (1767-1830) is my 4th great-grandfather, who married Abigail Knowlton (1774-1855) in 1790. I am descended from their daughter, Abigail Gates (1797-1867), who married Benjamin Seaver (1791-1825).