Monday, February 9, 2015

Amanuensis Monday - Post 255: 1803 Quitclaim Deed of Nathan Gates to Heirs of Simon Gates

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."

The subject today is the 1803 quitclaim deed of Nathan Gates of Gardner, Massachusetts to the heirs of Simon Gates deceased of Gardner:

The transcription of this deed is:

[page 405]

[left margin] 
 Gates Nathan 
Elizabeth Gates &c


Know all men by these presents that I
Nathan Gates of Gardner in the County of Worcester & Common-
wealth of Massachusetts yeoman in consideration of Three
hundred fifteen dollar and twelve cents paid me by the
heirs of Simon Gates late of Gardner in sd County Dec^d the
receipt whereof I do hereby acknowledge do hereby grant sell
and quitclaim unto the Said Elisabeth Gates Simon Gates
Daniel Gates Reuben Gates and Ezekiel Gates being heirs of
the said Simon Gates their heirs and assigns all my right
to the claim and demand in and unto the following tracts of land
which was set off a Dower or thirds to the widow Susanna Gates
of the Estate of Simon Gates late of Gardner deceased two tracts
containing thirty four acres being part of the home farm of
said Deceased the bound of which will fully appear reference
being had to the records of the division of the real Estate of said
deceased at the Register of Probate office of said County. And
one other tract of land being the Conant Lot so called the
bounds of which fully appear reference being had as above.

To have and to hold the same to the Said Elizabeth
Gates Simon Gates Daniel Gates Reuben Gates & Ezekiel
Gates their heirs and assigns to their use and behoof

[page 406]

forever and I do covenant to warrant and defend the said
granted and quitclaimed premises to the said Elizabeth
Gates Simon Gates Daniel Gates Reuben Gates and Ezekiel
Gates their heirs and assigns forever against the lawful claims
and demand of all persons claiming by or under me. In
witness whereof I the said Nathan Gates have hereunto set
my hand and seal this 14 day of December in the year of
our Lord one thousand Eight hundred and three.

Signed Sealed & Deliv^d                      Nathan Gates {seal}

in presence of –
Matthias Norman } Worcester Ss Dec^r 14. 1803 Nathan Gates
Aaron Wood } above named acknowledged this in
strument to be his free act & Deed
                                       Before me Aaron wood Jus Peace
Rec^d July 3d 1804 Eny^d Exam^d Dan^l Clap Reg.

The source citation for this record is:

"Massachusetts, Land Records, 1620-1986," digital images, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints,FamilySearch ( : accessed 13 January 2015), Worcester County, "Deeds, 1803-1804, Vol. 154-155," Volume 155, Page 405-406, images 561-562 of 686, quitclaim deed of Nathan Gates to Elizabeth Gates &c, 1803; citing records in land offices and county courthouses, statewide, Massachusetts.

This deed of Nathan Gates quitclaims his interest in the real estate distributed to his mother (Susannah Gates) and his siblings (Simon, Daniel, Elizabeth, Reuben and Ezekiel Gates), for the sum of $315.12 which he apparently received from his father before his father died. It completes the transactions necessary to close the Simon Gates (1739-1803) estate file.  

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).

Copyright (c) 2015, Randall J. Seaver

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