Monday, October 22, 2018

Amanuensis Monday - 1813 Deed of Shobal C. Allen to Zachariah Hildreth Jr. in Townsend, Mass.

This week's document for Amanuensis Monday is the 1813 deed of Shobal C. Allen of Townsend, Massachusetts to Zachariah Hildreth Junior of Townsend in the Middlesex County, Massachusetts Land Records:

[Volume 209, pages 186-187]

[Volume 209, pages 188-189]

The transcription of this deed is:

[Volume 209, page 187, starts at bottom of page]

[In right hand margin]

Shobal C. Allen to Zach^h Hildreth jun.

[body of deed]

                                                              Know all men by these presents
that I Shobal C. Allen of Townshend in the county of Middlesex and common-

wealth of Massachusetts Esquire in consideration of three hundred dollars paid
by Zachariah Hildreth jun^r of the same Townshend yeoman the receipt
whereof I do hereby acknowledge, do hereby give, grant, sell and con-
vey unto the said Zachariah Hildreth jun. his heirs and assigns

[Volume 209, page 188, top of left-hand page]

forever, a certain farm situated in the southerly part of Townshend afore-
said consisting of two pieces, the first containing about fifty acres
more or less, the bounds of which are as follows, viz: beginning at a
stake and stones at the road leading from Townshend meeting house
to Lunenburgh thence west on land of Isaac Spaulding to the
"school lot" so called to a stake and stones, thence north on said school lot
to a maple tree marked at Squannocook river, thence easterly on said river
to a stake and stones near a bridge on the road aforesaid, thence 
south on said road to the first mentioned bound together with the
buildings thereon standing which said premises are incumbered by a
mortgage deed to the Boston Bank for the sum of two hundred dollars,
the other piece contains about seven acres and a half be the same more 
or less and bounded as follows, viz: beginning at a stake and stones on the
east side of the road aforesaid, thence southeasterly on land of Benjamin
Spaulding to a stake and stones, thence southerly on said Spauldings land
to a stake and stones at the road leading from Wallis Little's Mills to Lunen-
burgh, thence westerly on said road to a corner at the aforesaid road lead-
ing from the meeting house to Lunenburgh, thence north on said road to
the bounds first mentioned, including all within said bounds, excepting
what belongs to the widow Abigail Wallis and Simeon, and Solomon Green, being 
about two acres more or less with all the buildings thereon standing.  To
have and to hold the aforegranted premises to the said Hildreth his heirs and
assigns, to his and their use and behoof forever.  And I do covenant with the said
Hildreth his heirs and assigns that I am lawfully seized in fee of the aforegrant-
ed premises, that they are free of all incumbrances, except as above mentioned,
that I have good right to sell and convey the same to the said Hildreth, and
that I will warrant and defend the same premises to the said Zach-
ariah Hildreth jun. his heirs and assigns forever, against the lawful claims
and demands of all persons.  In witness whereof I the said Shobal
C. Allen and Lucy my wife, who hereby relinquishes her right of dower in
and to the premises have hereunto set our hands and seals this first
day of November in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and
thirteen, Shobal C. Allen and seal.  Lucy Allen and seal, signed, sealed and de-
livered in presence of us James Zayler, Daniel Ball, Middlesex ss. Nov. 11^th 1813.
Then the above named Shobal C. Allen acknowledged the above instrument to
be his free act and deed before me, Walter Hastings, Justice of Peace.
     Middlesex ss. Cambridge 30th July 1814  Received and Entered
                                                      by Samuel Bartlett 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 ( : accessed 21 October 2018), Middlesex County, "Deeds, 1814-1816, Vols. 209-211," Volume 209, pages 187-188 (images 99-100 of 885), Deed of Shobal C. Allen to Zachariah Hildreth Jr., executed 1 November 1813, recorded 30 July 1814.

This is the first deed where Zachariah Hildreth Junior bought land in Townsend, Massachusetts from someone other than his father, Zachariah Hildreth Sr.  With this deed, he bought two parcels of land in the southerly part of Townsend, one with fifty acres and the other with 7.5 acres, for $300, along with a $200 mortgage on the first parcel.  There is a second deed on pages 188-189 that I will transcribe next week. 

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


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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