Thursday, April 25, 2019

Seavers in the News - Henry E. Seaver Killed by Trolley in Hartford, Conn. in 1922

It's time for another edition of "Seavers in the News" - a weekly feature from the historical newspapers about persons with the surname Seaver that are interesting, useful, mysterious, fun, macabre, or add information to my family tree database.

This week's entry is from the Hartford [Conn.] Courant newspaper dated 4 January 1922:

The transcription of the article is:

HENRY E. SEAVER DIES OF INJURIES

Rocky Hill Man Victim of Collision With Trolley

Henry E. Seaver of Rocky Hill, who was seriously injured in a trolley accident Sunday afternoon, died yesterday afternoon at 4:30 o'clock at the Hartford Hospital, where he had been taken.

Mr. Seaver was treasurer of the Eastern Music Publishing Co. of No. 104 Asylum street, and a member and secretary of the band of the First Company, Governor's Foot Guard.  Before coming to Hartford he was a member of the Second Regiment Band of Springfield.

Mr. Seaver was prominent in fraternal circles.  He was councillor of Charter Oak Council, No. 8, Order of American Mechanics, for several terms.  He was a son of Mr. and Mrs. William Seaver of Springfield, Mass.

He leaves besides his wife, two daughters, the Misses Edith and Dorothy Seaver, his parents, two sisters, Mrs. Charles W. Bostick of No. 77 Buckingham street, this city, and Mrs. Harvey Merrill of Arlington, Mass., and four brothers, Frederick L., Benjamin S. William H. and Winfred C. Seaver, all of Springfield, Mass.

Mrs. Seaver was in California at the time of the death of her husband, as she was attending the funeral of her mother, Mrs. Etta M. Chaney, formerly of Hartford.  Mrs. Seaver left for home Monday morning at 7 o'clock and will arrive in Hartford Friday afternoon.  Funeral arrangements will not be completed until the arrival of Mrs. Seaver.  The Misses Seaver are with their aunt, Mrs. Charles W. Bostick, of this city.

The source citation for the article is:

"Henry E. Seaver Dies of Injuries," Hartford [Conn.] Courant newspaper, article, Wednesday, 4 January 1922, page 7, column 1, Henry E. Seaver obituary;   Newspapers.com   (https://www.newspapers.com : accessed 25 April 2019).

This obituary is full of personal history information, including parents, children, siblings, cause of death, occupations, and civic activities.  However, it does not provide his age and it alludes to his wife's maiden name (Chaney) but not her first name.  

Henry Edward Seaver was born 21 May 1871 in Springfield, Mass., the son of William Titus and Ellen Jane (Davidson) Seaver.  He married Clara Etta Chaney (1872-1942) on 12 October 1895, perhaps in Hartford.  They had six children:

*  Edythe Isabel Seaver (1896-1984), married 1929 Neal Sunkes in California.
*  Ellen Seaver (1898-1898)
*  Etta Seaver (1898-1898)
*  Albert William Seaver (1903-1904)
*  Gertrude B. Seaver (1905-1905)
*  Dorothy Vivian Seaver (1908-????), married 1926 Ralph Russell Strudwick in California.

I may be related to Henry Edward Seaver.  His great-grandfather was John Seaver (1778-1841) of Monson, Massachusetts.  I don't know the parents of John Seaver.  The hypothesis is that he is the grandson of Robert Seaver of Westminster, Mass., but there are no records that tie him to a son of Robert Seaver.  This is a case where a Y-DNA test, and an autosomal DNA test, would be very useful.

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Treasure Chest Thursday - 1878 Burial Record of Sarah Cutter Knapp in Newton, New Jsey

It's Treasure Chest Thursday - a chance to look in my digital image files to see what treasures I can find for my family history and genealogy musings.

The treasure today is the 1878 burial record for Sarah Cutter Knapp in Newton, Sussex County, New Jersey:

The data extracted from this record is:


1.  Name:    Knapp, Sarah Cutter                  Record Date:  Sept 3, 1988
                                                                      Recorder:   J. Appleman
2.  Date of birth:   Nov. 6, 1787                  Death:  March 6, 1878    Age:  90
3.  Inscription:  Sarah Cutter wife of William Knapp
                          Born Nov. 6th 1787
                          Died:  March 6th 1878
                         Short epitaph
4.  Number of people commemorated:    1 [circled]
5.  Location quadrant:     W [circled]                       Roy map number:   68
6.  Direction marker faces:  [none noted]
7.  Marker Type:  Head [underlined]
8.  Material:    [none noted]
9.  Carved surfaces:  Front [underlined]
10.  Carving techniques:  Incised [underlined]
11. Decorative carving motifs:  Border [underlined]
12.  Condition of marker:  Broken [underlined]  Discolored-stained [underlined]
13.  Condition of inscription:  Clear [underlined]
14.  Dimensions:  [none noted]
15.  Stonecarver:  [none noted]
16.  Action this date:  Other: Set against base 6/15/81 [handwritten note]
The source citation for this record is:

"A Record of the Inscriptions on the Stones in the Old Cemetery - Newton, Sussex County, New Jersey" typescript (Newton, NJ : n.p., n.d., on shelf at Sussex County Library) , Sarah Cutter Knapp entry, unnumbered page.

Sarah (Cutter) Knapp (1785-1878) was the daughter of Stephen and Tabitha (Randolph) Cutter of Woodbridge, New Jersey.  She married William Knapp (1775-1856) in about 1804, and they had 11 children.  In about 1823, they moved to Newton, New Jersey.  

William and Sarah (Cutter) Knapp are my 3rd great-grandparents, through their daughter Sarah G. Knapp (1818-1904) who married David Auble (1817-1894) in about 1844 in Newton, New Jersey. 

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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Dear Grandpa: Are We Related To Any Famous Authors?

My daughters and grandchildren know that I "do" genealogy and that we are related to many famous persons, but that we're not descended from many of them.  They understand "cousins."

Several years ago, my granddaughter asked "Are we related to any famous authors?"

I figured that I could use Geni.com, or WikiTree.com, or FamilySearch Family Tree to find out, but which authors should I consider?  The low hanging fruit is New England authors, because there are many generations of ancestors available for persons with New England ancestry stretching back into England.

I decided to use Geni.com, since they have a fairly large collaborative family tree with curators for famous persons like authors.  I have up added many of my New England ancestors to Geni, so it's a pretty good possibility of a match.

Off the top of my head, I chose the following to see if I (we!) was related to them:

1)  Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864):

Nathnaiel Hawthorne is my 6th cousin 5 times removed.  The common ancestors are David Stone (1540-1625) and wife Ursula LNU (1545-????) of Great Bromley, Essex, England.

2)  Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882):

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow is my 7th cousin 3 times removed.  The common ancestors are William Collier (1580-1671) and Jane Clark (1590-1666) of Duxbury, Mass..  However, Geni has a different line for me than my line - they have Ruth Collier being the mother of Ruth Cole, who married John Young.  My research has not identified Ruth Collier as being them other of Ruth Cole, nor being the daughter of William Collier.  However, I do have Mary Collier (1612-1658) in my ancestry, and she is the daughter of William and Jane (Clark) Collier.  So the relationship is correct, but Geni has my line different from my research.

3)  Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882):

Ralph Waldo Emerson is my 7th cousin 4 times removed.  The common ancestors are Henry Howland (1568-1635) and Margaret LNU (1564-1629) of Fenstanton, Huntingdonshire, England.

4)  Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862):

Henry David Thoreau is my 5th cousin 5 times removed.  The common ancestors are Richard Church (1608-1668) and Elizabeth Warren (1616-1670) of Dedham and Hingham, Mass.  .

5)  What other New England ancestored authors should I also look at?

6)  These are all fairly distant cousins, but we are related to all four of them.  Of course, my grandchildren are removed two times more than I am.  Of course, my daughters are removed only one time more than I am.  I know my granddaughter was overjoyed to hear this!

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I have a complimentary subscription to Geni.com which I appreciate and use almost every day to check on things like this!


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Georgianna (Kemp) Auble in About 1916 (?) -- Post 562 of (Not So) Wordless Wednesday

An Auble cousin gifted me with a photograph album of her family several years ago which included quite a few photos of my grandmother, Emily Kemp (Auble) Carringer and her parents, Charles and Georgianna (Kemp) Auble.

Included in the photo album, created by Bessie (Auble) Pentecost in about 1930, was this intriguing photo:

This photograph is of Georgianna (Kemp) Auble (1868-1952), my great-grandmother.  I think it was taken in about 1916 but I don't know for sure - it may be some time in the 1920s.  I don't know the setting of this photograph either.  It is probably in San Diego since the Auble family resided in San Diego from 1911.  I don't recognize the porch on the building, but it is apparently on a streetcar line!

Several years ago, while doing Auble research, a descendant of Will and Bessie (Auble) Pentecost contacted me and offered the album to me, telling me that it had many photographs of the family of my grandparents (Lyle and Emily (Auble) Carringer).  I have kept the album intact in case she ever wants it back, but have digitized many of the photos of my Carringer and Auble families. 

Unfortunately, there were no photographs of the parents of Charles Auble, David and Sarah (Knapp) Auble of Terre Haute, Indiana. 

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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Genealogy News Bytes - 23 April 2019


Some of the genealogy news items across my desktop the last four days include:

1)  News Articles:


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Genealogy websites should be BANNED because they 'threaten the anonymity of sperm donors', academic claims





3)  Genealogy Education - Webinars:

 GeneaWebinars Calendar


*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar - Wednesday, 24 April 11 a.m. PST:   Comparing the Genealogy Giants: Ancestry.com, FamilySearch, Findmypast and MyHeritage 2019 edition, by Sunny Morton

*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar - Friday, 26 April 11 a.m. PST:  How I Built My Own Brick Wall, by Rebecca Whitford Koford*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:  Censuses Around the World: What You Need to Know About Census Collections and Genealogy, by Mike Mansfield


4)  Genealogy Education - Podcasts:

*  Fisher’s Top Tips Podcast:  #64:  Online Family Trees


*  The Not Old BETTER Show Podcast:  Episode 344 National DNA Day with Thomas MacEntee!

*  Research Like a Pro Podcast:  RLP 41: FamilySearch Family Tree and the GPS

*  The Genealogy Guys Podcast:  #361

5)  Genealogy Education - Video:

*  The In-Depth Genealogist YouTube:  Now There is Three



*  Genealogy TV YouTube:  Fixing Mistakes on Ancestry Trees


*  James Tanner YouTube:  Exploring Genealogy Series #3 Relative Finder

*  Valerie and Myrt's Excellent Genealogy Adventures YouTube:  Avoid this major travel mistake


7)  DNA Success Stories

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DNA testing reveals tangled family roots



8)  Did you miss the last Genealogy News Bytes - 19 April 2019?


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Treasure Chest Tuesday - 1814 York, Pennsylvania Marriage Record for Philip Jacob Konig and Christina Miller

This week's Tuesday Treasure is the 1814 marriage record for Philip Jacob Konig and Christina Miller in York, Pennsylvania:

The Konig - Miller marriage record is on the left-hand page of the image above under the "1814" heading:


The extracted information for this marriage record is:

"Philip Jacob Konig & Christina Miller m: 8 Marz"

The source citation for this marriage record is:

Pennsylvania and New Jersey, Church and Town Records, 1669-2013, digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com), PA-York > York > United Church of Christ > Trinity United Church of Christ > image 150 of 502, page 330 (penned), Philip Jacob Konig and Christina Miller entry.

After his first wife, Catherine (Ruth) Konig died on 8 December 1813 in York, Philip Jacob Konig married, secondly, to Christina (--?--) Miller (1766-1833) on 8 March 1814 in York.


Philip Jacob King (1764-1829) and his first wife, Catherine Ruth (1770-1813) are my 4th great-grandparents, through their daughter Elizabeth King (1796-1863), who married Daniel Spangler (1781-1851).


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Monday, April 22, 2019

Monday Genea-Pourri - 22 April 2019

Here is a summary of my family history and genealogy related activities over the past week:

1)  Moderated the Chula Vista Genealogical Society (CVGS) DNA Interest Group meeting on Wednesday at the Chula Vista library with 14 in attendance.  I reported on the monthly DNA news, described and demonstrated using the GEDmatch Genesis website, including how to upload your DNA raw data, the admixture results, the one-to-many features, the one-to-one comparison results, and uploading a GEDCOM file. 

2)  Taught the third class of my "Beginning Computer Genealogy" course at OASIS (a senior adult education center) on Thursday.  I have seven students eager to learn about genealogy and using the computer to find records and record family history.  We covered name issues, creating charts in software programs, using online family tree sites, searching message boards and mailing lists, and discussed using census information.

3)  Found and transcribed the 1843 deed of Samuel D. Baldwin for land in Townsend, Mass. to  3rd great-grandfather Zachariah Hildreth for Amanuensis Monday.

4)  Wrote and posted a biography of 6th great-grandmother #449 Maria (--?--) (Abel) Tedrick (1693-1771) of Germany and New Jersey for my 52 Ancestors post on Friday.  


5)  Watched one Family Tree Webinar - Transcribing Documents: There is More Than Meets the Eye! by LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson.

6)  Opened the returned FOREVER box that contained the 23 digitized home movies, plus two DVDs and a USB drive with the 23 digitized files.  Watched all of the silent movies with glee and some tears.  Made some screen captures of certain scenes and put some of them on Facebook.  Uploaded two digitized movies to my YouTube Channel and shared them on Facebook.  I need to work out how to do voiceovers on the video so that the family knows what they are watching.


7)  Participated in today's Mondays With Myrt on Zoom and Facebook Live (shown on the DearMYRTLE Facebook group page).  Today's webinar discussed the updated FamilySearch Digital Library, other digitized book sites, English census records, my Forever digitized home movies, Ancesry Member Tree DNA icons, quick-click genealogy, name variations, and headphones.

8) There were several sessions working in the RootsMagic software program to update FamilySearch Family Tree profiles for Seaver families and other ancestral families, with occasional additions to the RootsMagic profiles. I have matched 30,549 of my RootsMagic persons with FSFT.  

9)  I continue to use Web Hints and Record Matches from Ancestry, MyHeritage, Findmypast and FamilySearch to add content and sources to my RootsMagic profiles.  I now have 53,372 persons in my RootsMagic file, and 103,766 source citations.   I TreeShared twice  this week updating 275 profiles, and I resolved about 845 Ancestry Hints.  I've fallen behind on the Ancestry Record Hints with 108,735 to be resolved, but I work on them weekly.


10) Wrote 19 Genea-Musings blog posts last week, of which one was a press release.  The most popular post last week was Randy's Autosomal DNA Test and Analysis Summary - 16 April 2019 over 299 views.

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Amanuensis Monday -- 1843 Deed of Samuel D. Baldwin to Zachariah Hildreth in Townsend, Massachusetts

This week's document for Amanuensis Monday is the 1843 deed of  Samuel D. Baldwin to Zachariah Hildreth of Townsend in the Middlesex County, Massachusetts Land Records: 

[Volume 446, pages 160-161]



[Volume 446, pages 162-163]

[Volume 446, pages 164-165]

The transcription of this deed is:

[Volume 446, page 161, starts near top of right-hand page]

[in right-hand margin]


Sam^l D. Baldwin
             to
Zach^h Hildreth


[body of text]

           Know all men by these Presents,That I, 
Samuel D. Baldwin of Townsend in the County 
of Middlesex, Yeoman, in consideration of two 
thousand dollars to me paid by Zachariah Hildreth 
of said Townsend, Yeoman, the receipt whereof I do
hereby acknowledge, do hereby give, grant, 

bargain, sell and convey unto the said Zachariah 
Hildreth his heirs & assigns forever, a certain tract 
of land situated in the Southeasterly part of said 
Townsend on both sides of the road leading from 
Henry Seeva's in Townsend to Lunenburg bounded 
beginning at a stake & stones on the east side of the 
road ^aforesaid^ at a  corner of Ephraim Spaulding's land, thence 
Southeasterly by land of said Spaulding to a stake 
stones, thence Southerly on land of said Spaulding to 
a stake and stones,  at the road leading from said 
Spaulding's to Joel Emery's, thence westerly on said 
road to a corner of the aforesaid road leading from 
said Seeva's to Lunenburg, thence crossing said last 
mentioned road to a corner of Isaac Spaulding's 
land at a stake and stones, thence northerly by said 
road about fourteen rods to a stake and stones, 
thence westerly two rods and ten feet to a stake 
and stones, thence northerly about seven rods 
to a stake and stones, thence Easterly about two rods 
and ten feet to the aforementioned road, thence 
Northerly by said road about six & half rods to a 
stake and stones, thence Southwesterly by land of 
ames Hildreth about thirty nine rods to a stake and 
stones, thence Southerly by said Hildreth land about 
four rods to a stake and stones at land of said Isaac
Spaulding, thence westerly on land of said Spaulding 
and ^land of^ Lucy Spaulding to the School lot, so called, to a 
stake and stones, thence west about 41° North by land 

[Volume 446, page 262]

of Samuel Scales & land of Solomon Green about one 
hundred and fourteen rods & two thirds of a rod to 
a stake and stones to a corner of land of Elisha Conant,
thence Northerly in a straight line by land of said 

Conant and land of Aaron Hildreth to a stake 
stones on the bank of the Squanicook River, thence
Easterly by said river as it formerly run, meaning
to follow the old channel of said river to the 

Clark Bridge, so called, across said river, thence 
Southerly by the road first mentioned to the bounds 
first mentioned, excepting the road passing through
said premises.  Also a certain other tract of
land situated in the Southerly part of said
Townsend on Babery hill, so called, bounded be-
ginning at the Southeast corner of the premises 

at land formerly owned by Henry Sanderson
at a stake and stones, thence North 60° west nine-
teen rods & 17-1/2 links by land formerly owned by said 

Sanderson to a stake & stones, thence north 30° 
East sixty five rods by land of Aaron Hildreth to 
a stake and stones, thence South 60° East nineteen 
rods & 17-1/2 links by land of Samuel Scales to a 
stake and stones, thence south 30° West sixty five 
rods by land of Solomon Everett to the bounds 
first mentioned.  Also Pew No. 8 in the Brick 
meeting house belonging to the Orthodox Congrega-
tional Church and Society in said Townsend, Being 
the same premises granted by the said Zachariah 
Hildreth to me by deed bearing even date here-
with.    To Have and to Hold the aforegranted 
premises to the said Zachariah Hildreth his heirs 
and assigns to his and their use and behoof forever 
and I do covenant with the said Zachariah Hil-
dreth his heirs & assigns, that I am lawfully seized 
in fee of the aforegranted premises, that they are 
free of all incumbrances; that I have good right 
to sell and convey the same to the said Zachariah in man-
ner aforesaid; and that I will warrant and de-
fend the same premises to the said Zachariah Hil-
dreth, his heirs and assigns forever against the
lawful claims and demands of all persons.

[Volume 446, page 263]

Provided nevertheless that if I the said Samuel
D. Baldwin, my heirs, executors & administrators
shall well and truly keep, perform and fulfil the
condition of a certain bond bearing even date
herewith given by the said Samuel D. to the said
Zachariah in the penal sum of two thousand
dollars conditioned by said Samuel D. in consid-
eration that the said Zachariah had conveyed to
said Samuel D. certain real estate being the home-
stead farm of said Zachariah situated in the
Southeasterly part of said Townsend, the said
Samuel D. should pay or cause to be paid satis-
fied & fully discharged one note running to Cushing
Wilder in the amount of one hundred and thirty
nine dollars dated December 20, 1842.  also one note
running to Ruth Emery to the amount of forty
dollars dated May 23, 1842.  Also one note running
to Milo Hildreth to the amount of twenty eight
dollars dated January 28, 1843 that the said Samuel
D. shall provide the said Zachariah Hildreth and
Hannah Hildreth wife of said Zachariah during
their joint lives & the life of the survivor of them suf-
ficient good firewood cut fit for the fire to support one
fire for all seasons of the year said wood to be delivered
free of expense to them at the dwelling house now
occupied by the said Zachariah and that the said
Samuel D. shall provide and furnish the said
Zachariah & Hannah during their joint lives &
the life of the survivor of them free of expense
with all kinds of provisions that may be necessary
& proper to their comfortable support & maintain-
ance, meaning to include flour & all kinds of grain,
meat, vegetables & west India goods & whatever
else may be necessary, proper and conducive
to their comfort and support in a way & manner
suitable to their rank and condition in life to be
furnished in such quantities and at such times
as they shall require for their support, & that
the said Samuel D. shall supply them with suitable
nursing & Doctoring whenever they shall need
the same, & Provide them all kinds of clothing

[Volume 446, page 164]

that they shall need suitable to their condition in
life.  It being understood however that if the
said Hannah shall survive her husband the
said Zachariah & shall demand her dower in his
estate & have the same set off to her the said
Samuel D. shall not be liable after her dower is
set off to furnish her the aforesaid supplies
the said Samuel D. shall also board and clothe &
school Moses Hildreth & Edward Hildreth until
each shall arrive at the age of sixteen years.
Also Harriet A. Hildreth until she is eighteen
years of age, all being children of said Zachariah
Hildreth if the said Zachariah shall request him
so to do, the said Samuel D. is to permit them to
attend all of the winter schools taught in the
district in which he resides & to be entitled to the
benefit of the labor of said children while they
are with him.  And that the said Samuel D.
shall permit the said Zachariah and his family
to occupy Pew No. 8 in the Brick Meeting House
in said Townsend during their lives and at all
times whenever they shall request him to furnish
them with a suitable horse and carriage to ride
to Meeting or wherever they shall wish to go.
And that the said Samuel D. shall pay to Eliz-
abeth Hildreth and to Harriet A. Hildreth the sum
of fifty dollars each to be paid to each when they
severally arrive at the age of twenty five years
or are married which ever event may first hap-
pen.  Now if the said Samuel D. shall well
& faithfully perform, keep and fulfil all and every
part of the condition of said bond & the agreement
therein contained according to the true interest
and meaning thereof, then this deed as also the
said Bond shall be void; otherwise be and
remain in full force and virtue.
 In witness whereof, I the said Samuel D.
Baldwin have hereunto set our hand and seal
this 24 day of April in the year of our Lord 
one thousand eight hundred and forty three.          
Signed, sealed and delivered }    Samuel D. Baldwin  {seal}

[Volume 446, page 265]

in presence of us                   }
James Hildreth                    }  Middlesex ss September 4 AD 1843
Elizabeth Hildreth              }  Then personally appeared the
above named Samuel D. Baldwin and acknowledged
the above Instrument to be his free act and deed
Before me, F. A. Worcester, Justice of the Peace.
Middlesesx ss.  July 6, 1844.  Rec^d & Recorded by
                                                 W^m F. Stone  Regr.
   
The source citation for this recorded deed is:

"Massachusetts, Land Records, 1620-1986," digital images, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org : accessed 2 February 2019), Middlesex County, "Deeds, 1844, Vol. 446," Volume 446, pages 161-165 (images 84-86 of 298), Deed of Samuel D. Baldwin to Zachariah Hildreth, executed 24 April 1843, recorded 6 July 1844.


In this deed, Samuel D. Baldwin sells these two tracts of land in Townsend and the pew in the local church to Zachariah Hildreth for $2000 on 24 April 1843, if the conditions of a bond are not fulfilled.  
No acreage for the two plots of land is given, nor are boundary lengths for every segment of the metes and bounds, so it is not possible to calculate the acreage or to know the exact locqtion of the tracts.  The first tract is on both sides of the road from Henry Seeva's [Seaver] land to Lunenburg (the next town south of Townsend).  The second tract is on Baberry Hill south of the Squannicook River.  

On the same date in a previous deed, Zachariah and Hannah Hildreth sold these two tracts of land in Townsend and the pew in the local church to Samuel D. Baldwin of Townsend for $2,000 on 24 April 1843.  

Samuel D. Baldwin had married Clarissa Hildreth, daughter of Zachariah and Hannah Hildreth, on 15 May 1840 in Townsend.  So this is a daughter and her husband supporting her parents.  

The conditions include that Samuel D. Baldwin pays off three debts incurred by Zachariah Hildreth; that he provide Zachariah and Hannah Hildreth firewood, food, clothing and health care for the rest of their lives; that he support the three minor children of Zachariah; that he pay the two unmarried daughters money at age 25 or at marriage; and that he provide a horse and carriage to them whenever they need one. Basically, this is 19th century Social Security!

SZachariah Hildreth (1783-1857), who married Hannah Sawtell (1789-1857) in 1810, is my third great-grandfather.  I am descended from their son, Edward Hildreth (1831-1899) who married Sophia Newton  (1834-1923) in 1852.

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NOTE:  Genea-blogger John Newmark (who writes the excellent  TransylvanianDutch blog) started a Monday blog theme years ago called "Amanuensis Monday."  John offers this definition for "amanuensis:" 

"A person employed to write what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another."

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