Monday, October 29, 2018

Amanuensis Monday - 1814 Deed of Abigail Wallis to Zachariah Hildreth Jr. in Townsend, Mass.

This week's document for Amanuensis Monday is the 1814 deed of Abigail Wallis of Townsend, Massachusetts to Zachariah Hildreth Junior of Townsend in the Middlesex County, Massachusetts Land Records:

[Volume 209, pages 188-189]

The transcription of this deed is:

[Volume 209, page 188, starts at bottom of left-hand page]

[In left hand margin]

 Abigail Wallis to Zach^h Hildreth jun.

[body of deed]

                                                              Know all men by these presents
that I Abigail Wallis of Townsend in the county of Middlesex and

commonwealth of Massachusetts, widow woman, in consideration of ten
dollars paid to me by Zachariah Hildreth Jun. of Townsend, aforesaid,

[Volume 209, page 189, top of right-hand page]

yeoman, the receipt whereof I do hereby acknowledge, do hereby give,

grant, sell, and convey unto the said Zachariah Hildreth Jr. his heirs
and assigns forever, a certain piece of meadow land in Townsend a-
foresaid lying in and being a part of the putney meadow, so called,
containing about one acre, be the same more or less which was set
off to me the said Abigail as a part of my right of dower in my for-
mer husband Elijah Wyman deceased estate, the fea of said premises
lying in me, I having purchased the same of said Elijah Wyman's heirs,
reference to the records of the setting off of said thirds being had
for them ore particular bounds thereof.  To have and to hold
the same unto the said Zachariah his heirs and assigns to his and
their use and behoof forever.  And I do covenant with the said Zach-
ariah his heirs and assigns, that I am lawfully seized in fee of the
premises, that they are free of all incumbrances and that I will war-
rant and defend the same to the said Zachariah his heirs and
assigns forever, against the lawful claims and demands of all persons.
In witness whereof, I the said Abigail have hereunto set my
hand and seal this ninth day of June in the year of our Lord one
thousand eight hundred and fourteen.  Abigail Wallis and seal,
signed, sealed and delivered in presence of us, Daniel Adams, Saul
Vertee.  Middlesex ss. June 9th 1814, personally appeared the withing named
Abigail Wallis and acknowledged the within instrument by her sub-
scribed to be her free act and deed, before Dan^l Adams, Just. of the 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 Abigail Wallis to Zachariah Hildreth Jr., executed 9 June 1814, recorded 30 July 1814.

This is the second deed where Zachariah Hildreth Junior bought land in Townsend, Massachusetts from someone other than his father, Zachariah Hildreth Sr.  With this deed, he bought one acre of meadow land in Townsend for $10 from widow Abigail Wallis.

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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Unknown said...

May I add this to Zachariah's profile at Wikitree? Vic

Randy Seaver said...

Hi Vic,

You can if you want. I have written 5 of these so far in the last few weeks. There are more to come. It may be that links to all of the posts would be appropriate.

I have also written a biography of Zachariah Jr in

Cheers -- Randy

Marilyn Kenyon, Psy.D. said...

Hi Randy,

I'm not surprised by the results of your percentage of matches with trees. It looks pretty much like what I am seeing.

Of note:

"I was surprised that only 11.2% of my AncestryDNA matches have an attached tree with more than 1,000 profiles, and only 2.6% have a tree larger than 10,000 profiles."

Just for fun, last summer, I spent some of my time scrolling through my matches in search of trees with a minimum of 1000 people. I went page-by-page, keeping track of the pages. Generally there were about 2 or 3 trees per page with a 1000 or more people. I did this to look more at my early colonial ancestors, my 6th, 7th cousins, and 8th cousins.

I know there are many who say not to waste our time looking at these distant matches, as the accuracy of a match is reduced. But, we are in this for the fun of it. It was something to do while waiting for closer matches.