Monday, November 19, 2018

Amanuensis Monday - 1816 Deed of Henchman Sylvester to Zachariah Hildreth Jr. in Townsend, Mass.

This week's document for Amanuensis Monday is the 1816 deed of Henchman Sylvester of Townsend, Massachusetts to Zachariah Hildreth Junior of Townsend in the Middlesex County, Massachusetts Land Records:

 [Volume 220, pages 100-101]

The transcription of this deed is:

[Volume 220, page 100, starts at middle of left-hand page]

[In left-hand margin]

Hench^n Sylvester to Zach Hildreth Jr

[Body of page]

Know all men by these presents that I Henchman
Sylvester of Townsend in the County of Middlesex and
Commonwealth of Massachusetts Housewright in con-
sideration of one hundred & ninety Dollars paid to me
by Zacheriah Hildreth Jun^r of Townsend aforesaid
Yeoman the receipt whereof I do hereby acknowledge
do hereby give grant sell and convey unto the said
Zacheriah Hildreth Jun^r his heirs and assigns forever
a certain piece of land in Townsend aforesaid lying on
the southwardly side of the River the eastwardly part
of the school lot so called containing thirty eight
acres to be the same more or less bounded as follows viz.
beginning at the northeast corner of said school lot
at a stake and stones on the eastwardly side of said
river and adjoining the parsonage farm from thence south
about forty one degs west by land now owned by said Hil-
dreth about fifty three rods to a stake and stones from
thence west about forty one degs north by land owned by
Nathan Conant about one hundred and fourteen rods
& tow thirds of a rod to land of Samuel Warner from
thence northwardly by said Warners land about fifty three
rods to a stake in the line of another lot of land owned
by Robert Jefts from thence eastwardly about forty one degs

[Volume 220, page 101]

south to the bounds first mentioned reserving the privilege
of a road through said premises whenever the town thinks
proper to lay one out.  To have and to hold the same 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 premises that they are free of all incumbran-
ces And that I will warrant and defend the same
premises to the said Zachariah Hildreth Jr his heirs
& assigns forever against the lawfull claims and de-
mands of all persons.  In witness whereof I the said
Henchman Sylvester with Mary L. my wife she relin-
quishing her right of dower or thirds have hereunto set
our hands & seals this twenty fourth day of April in
the year of our Lord eighteen hundred & sixteen Hench-
man Sylvester & seal Mary L. Sylvester & seal Signed
sealed and delivered in presence of us Samuel Stone Junr
Jesse Seaver.  Middlesex Ss May 6th 1816 Then the within
named Henchman Sylvester acknowledged the above
within instrument to be his free act and deed before
me Josiah Richardson Just of Peace.
                           Middlesex Ss Cambridge  Dec^r 18^th 1816
Received and entered
                             by Samuel Bartlett Reg.
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 4 November 2018), Middlesex County, "Deeds, 1816-1818, Vols. 218-220," Volume 220, page 100 (image 582 of 799), Deed of Henchman Sylvester  to Zachariah Hildreth Jr., executed 6 May 1816, recorded 18 December 1816.

This is the fifth deed where Zachariah Hildreth Junior bought land in Townsend, Massachusetts from someone other than his father, Zachariah Hildreth Sr.  With this deed, he bought a 38 acre parcel of meadow land in Townsend bordering the river for $190 from Henchman Sylvester.

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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