Monday, June 26, 2017

Amanuensis Monday - Deed Records for Joseph Seaver (1672-1754) in Roxbury, Massachusetts - Part 1

This week's document for Amanuensis Monday is from the Suffolk County, Massachusetts deed records for Joseph Seaver (1672-1754) and his siblings of Roxbury, Massachusetts:

The transcription of this deed is:

[left-hand side, starts half way down]

[in margin] Gregory to Moore &c

                               To all People unto whom these Presents shall
come – Patrick Greggory of Roxbury in the County of Suffolk in
the province of the Massachusetts Bay in New England Yeoman send
Greeting. Know ye that I the said Patrick Greggory for and in
Consideration of Four Hundred pounds paid me in Hand at the De-
livery of this present Writing by my Brother in Law Edmund
Cole of Roxbury afores^d Cordwainer Shubael Seaver of Roxbury
afores^d Cordwainer Joseph Seaver of Framingham in the County of
Middlesex Yeoman and Richard Moore of Lynn in the County of Es-
sex Innholder Have given granted enfeoffed and confirmed &
by these presents Do freely fully and absolutely give grant en-
feoffe convey and confirm unto the said Edmund Cole Shubael Sea-
ver Joseph Seaver and Richard Moore all that Land House & Barn
which I now possess in Roxbury or have any Claim to which
did belong to their Father Shubael Seaver Deceas'd. Likewise all
the Creatures belonging to the Estate afores^d or to me or in my
Possession. Also all the Goods that are in the House and all that
is in the Barn the Land lying in Roxbury afores^d, Together with
all the Outhouses Easements Fences profits priviledges & appur^ces
to the said Tenements and Land belonging (in the present possession

[right-hand side of image]

Of myself). And all my right Estate Title Interest property Claim
and Demand whatsoever of in or to the same or any Part thereof in
Right of my Wife Deceas'd or otherwise howsoever. To Have and To
Hold the said Tenement with the Land thereunto belonging and all
other the above given and granted premises unto them the said Shu-
bael Seaver Edmund Cole Joseph Seaver and Richard Moore and
their Heirs and Assigns To their only sole and proper Use Benefit &
Behoof forever. And I the said Patrick Greggory do covenant for
me my Heirs Exec^rs and Admin^rs (under the Penalty of Two Thousand
Pounds) to and with the said Edmund Cole Shubael Seaver Joseph
Seaver and Richard Moore their Heirs Exec^rs Admin^rs and assigns
by these Presents to Warrant and Defend the said given and granted
Tenement and Land with the Appur^ces unto them the said Edmund
Cole Shubael Seaver & Joseph Seaver & Richard Moore their
Heirs and Assigns forever against me or any under me or claiming
under me or my Heirs. In Witness whereof I the said Patrick
Greggory have hereunto put my Hand and Seal this fourteenth Day
of November in the Eight Year of his Majesties Reign Annoque Domi-
ni One thousand seven Hundred and Thirty four. Patrick Greg-
gory his mark and a Seal. Signed Sealed and Delivered in presence of
us Jn^o Walley John Wilson. Suffolk Ss Roxbury 28th Nov^r 1734.
Patrick Gregory acknowledged this Instrument to be his Act and Deed
Before me Paul Dudley Justice of peace March 12^th 1734. Rec'd &
accordingly Entred & Examined.

                                                                       Samuel Gerrish Reg^r

The source citation for this deed is:

"Massachusetts, Land Records, 1620-1986," digital images, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, FamilySearch ( : accessed 4 June 2017); Suffolk County, "Deeds, 1733-1734, Vol. 48-49," Volume 49, page 236 (image 591 of 613), Sale of Roxbury land by Patrick Greggory to Shubael Seaver's heirs, written 28 November 1734, recorded 12 March 1734/5.

I posted the Indenture that defined all of the real property and Shubael Seaver's desires for his five children should have a share in Amanuensis Monday - Deed Records for Shubael Seaver (1640-1730) in Roxbury, Massachusetts - Part 1.  In Amanuensis Monday - Deed Records for Shubael Seaver (1640-1730) in Roxbury, Massachusetts - Part 2 thefive heirs at-law agreed to a division of the real property of their father, Shubael Seaver.

In this deed, one of the heirs, Patrick Greggory (his wife Hannah, a daughter of Shubael Seaver, is apparently deceased in 1734) sells his portion of the real property to the other four heirs for 400 pounds.  According to the property division agreement, Joseph Seaver received one half of the Shubael Seaver homestead and Patrick Gregory received the other half.  In this deed, the four heirs each receive one-fourth of the Gregory property.   

By this time (1730-1735), Joseph Seaver has moved his household to Framingham yet he still owns at least half of his father's property in Roxbury.  

Joseph Seaver (1672-1754) and his wife Mary (read) Bruce are my 7th great-grandparents, through their son Robert Seaver (1702-1752) who married Eunice Rayment in 1726.


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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