Monday, December 3, 2018

Amanuensis Monday - 1824 Deed of Samuel Stone Jr. to Zachariah Hildreth in Townsend, Mass.

This week's document for Amanuensis Monday is the 1824 deed of Samuel Stone Junior of Townsend, Massachusetts to Zachariah Hildreth of Townsend in the Middlesex County, Massachusetts Land Records: 

[Volume 262, pages 530-531]:

The transcription of this deed is:

[Volume 262, page 530, starts at bottom of left-hand page]

                                                Know all Men by these Presents

That I Sam^l Stone Jr. of Townsend in the County of Middle-[Volume 264, page 370, top of right-hand page]
[In right-hand margin]

Sam^l Stone Jr. Agent to Zachariah Hildreth

[in body of page]

sex and Commonwealth of Massachusetts Trader and agent for the cred-
itors of Stephen Scales of Townsend aforesaid yeoman in considera-
tion of thirty five dollars and ninety four cents paid to me by Zach-
ariah Hildreth of Townsend afores^d yeoman the receipt whereof I
do hereby acknowledge and in s^d capacity have remised released
and forever quitclaimed and do by these presents remit release and
forever quit claim unto the said Zachariah Hildreth his heirs and
assigns forever a certain tract of land lying Southerly from the
meeting house in s^d Townsend and on the Easterly side of the
road leading from s^d Meetinghouse to Daniel Dixes beginning
at a corner or crotch of roads leading to said Dix's and the
old baybary hill road the Southerly side of said Barbery hill
road and Easterly side of road leading to s^d Dix's and in front
of Joseph H. Hildreth's house.  Thence South about eighty eight
degrees E. bounding by the Southerly side of babery hill road
about sixteen and one half rods till it comes to Simeon or Solomon
Greens land, Thence south about thirteen degrees E. bounded by said
Greens land about thirty four and one half rods to a corner of said Greens
land. Thence South about fifty five degrees E. bounding by s^d Greens land
about twelve rods to a stake and stones in a line of said Greens land.
Thence South about twenty eight degrees W. bounding by W^m Pratts
land about nine and one half rods to a stake & stones in a line of
said Pratts land and a corner of Josiah Sawtell 3^ds land.  Thence
North about fifty seven degrees W. by said Sawtells land about
forty four rods to a stake and stones by the road leading to said Dix's.
Thence North about seventeen degrs. E. about twenty eight rods by the
Easterly side of said road to the bounds first mentioned, containing
six and one fourth acres.  To have and to hold the same as aboves^d
together with all the privileges and appurtenances thereunto belong-
ing to him the said Zachariah Hildreth his heirs and assigns for-
ever.  In witness whereof I the said Samuel Stone Jr. and Lucy my wife
she relinquishing her right of Dower or thirds in said premis-
es have hereunto set our hands and seals this fourteenth day of
April in the year of our Lord eighteen hundred and twenty four.
Samuel Stone Jr. and seal.  Lucy Stone and seal.  Signed, sealed and
delivered in presence of us Edward H. Purcell, Joseph H. Hildreth.  Mid-
dlesex ss. Oct. 4th 1824.  Then the above named Samuel Stone Jr.
acknowledged the above instrument to be his free act and deed
before me Nathaniel Cummings Just. of Peace.
                   Middlesex ss.  Nov. 19^th 1825.  Rec'd and Recorded by
                                                                  W^m F. Stone 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 4 November 2018), Middlesex County, "Deeds, 1825, Vols. 260-262," Volume 262, pages 530-531 (image 822 of 835), Deed of Samuel Stone Jr. to Zachariah Hildreth, executed 14 April 1824, recorded 19 November 1825

It is unclear if the grantee is Zachariah Hildreth Sr. (1754-1828), who has been called "Gentleman" in earlier deeds)  or Zachariah Hildreth Jr (1783-1857), who has always been called "yeoman" in earlier deeds.  This same Samuel Stone Jr., acting as an agent for the creditors of Stephen Scales, sold Zachariah Hildreth Jr., yeoman of Townsend,  another tract of land in Townsend on 12 April 1824.  Perhaps a later deed will be found that sells this land and identifies which Zachariah was the grantee in this deed.  

I noted that this tract of land is a neighbor of land belonging to Josiah Sawtell the 3rd, who is either the father or brother of Hannah Sawtell, who married Zachariah Hildreth Jr. in 1810.

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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