Monday, March 7, 2016

Amanuensis Monday - Post 310: 1798 Deed of Amos Plimpton to Harman Guild in Norfolk County, Mass.

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 1798 land deed of Amos and Mary (Guild) Plimpton and other heirs of Nathaniel Guild (1712-1796) to Harman Guild in Norfolk County, Massachusetts.

The transcription of this land deed is (transcribed line by line):

[page 81, right-hand page of image]

Know all Men by these Presents, that We Amos
Plimpton Yeoman, and his wife Mary Plimton Spinster, both
of Medfield and Ebenezer Hewings Yeoman and Mercy
Hewins his wife Spinster, and Ezra Morse Esq'r & Susanna
Morse his wife Spinster, and Mehatable Guild, spinster,
all of Sharon, all in the County of Norfolk, and Samuel
Guild of Easton in the County of Bristol Esq'r, and heirs of
the Estate of Nathaniel Guild late of Walpole dec'd for and
in consideration of Sixteen Hundred & seventy one Dollars
and forty three Dollars paid us by Herman Guild of Wal-
pole in the County of Norfolk Yeoman, the receipt whereof
we do hereby acknowledge, do hereby Quit and have by these
Presents, have Quited to him the said Harmen Guild and to
his heirs and assigns, all our rights & title in and unto all the
real Estate lying and being partly in Sd Walpole and partly
in Sd Sharon and partly in Foxborough, being all that is
contained in the Inventory that was taken of the real estate
of s'd Nathaniel Guild dec'd dated Nov'r 15'th 1796 and for
further description and Perticulars of the Boundaries of s'd
real Estate, reference is had to the Plan taken by the ap-
praisers of s'd Estate.

To Have and to Hold said granted and quited premises
to him the Said Harman Guild, and to his heirs and assigns
forever, and We the s'd Amos, Mary, Ebenezer, Mercey,
Ezra, Susanna, Mehitable & Samuel, our heirs & assigns
do covenant with the Said Harman and his heirs and
assigns, that we are lawfull seized of s'd premises, and
have good right to quit the Same as above written, nor that
we nor any of our heirs or assigns, or any person, for or under
us, shall molest the said Harmon, or his heirs or assigns
in the peacefull enjoyment of the Same. In Witness where-
of we hereunto set our hands and Seals this sixth day of
April, in the year of our Lord, one thousand Seven hun-
dred and ninety Eight. Amos Plimpton {seal} Mary Plimp-
ton {seal} Eben'r Hewins {seal} Mercey Hewins {seal} Ezra Morse
{seal} Susanna (mark) Morse {seal} el Guild {seal} Mehitable
(mark) Guild {seal) ^Signed Sealed & Delive'd in presents of us
                      Royall Kollock, Joseph Hewins, Oliver
                      Holmes 3'd Elijah Adams, Caty Herring

Norfolk Ss April the 6 AD 1798, then Personally ap-
peared the within named Amos Plimpton, Eben'r Hew-
ins, Mercey Hewins, Ezra Morse, Susanna Morse
Sam'l Guild & Mehetable Guild, and acknowledged

[page 82, top of left-hand page]

the within Instrument by them Sealed to be their act & deed
before me                     Joseph Hewins Just. Of the Peace

Norfolk Ss June 21'st 1798, Then personally appeared the
within named Mary Plimpton & acknowledged the within
Instrument to be her free act & deed before me
                                    Elijah Adams Just. Peace
July 1, 1800 Received entered & examined
                                    By Elijah Pond, Reg'r.

The source citation for this land record is:

"Massachusetts, Land Records, 1620-1986," digital images, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, FamilySearch ( : accessed 4 March 2016), Norfolk County, Mass., Volume 13, pages 81-82, deed for land in Norfolk County from heirs of Nathaniel Guild to Harman Guild, 1798; citing original records in County Courthouses, and on FHL Microfilms.

The grantors of this deed are the heirs of Nathaniel Guild (1712-1796) of Walpole, Massachusetts;  they are Amos Plimpton and his wife Mary (Guild) Plimpton of Medfield; Ebenezer and Mercy (Guild) Hewins of Sharon; Ezra and Susanna (Guild) Morse of Sharon; Samuel Guild of Easton; and Mehitable Guild of Sharon.  The land was all of the real estate owned by Nathaniel Guild, as described in the inventory in his probate records, comprising about 88 acres in Walpole, Foxborough and Sharon.  The five named heirs of Nathaniel Guild were to receive $1,671.43 from Harman Guild, or about $334 each.

Nathaniel and Mary (Boyden) Guild are my 6th great-grandparents, and Amos and Mary (Guild) Plimpton are my 5th great-grandparents.  I am descended from their daughter, Mercy Plimpton, who married Aaron Smith.


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