Monday, December 17, 2018

Amanuensis Monday - 1828 Bond of Stow and Levi Hildreth with Zachariah Hildreth in Townsend, Mass.

This week's document for Amanuensis Monday is the 1828 bond document of Stow Hildreth and Levi Hildreth with  Zachariah Hildreth of Townsend in the Middlesex County, Massachusetts Land Records: 

[Volume 326, pages 556-557]

The transcription of this deed is:

[Volume 326, page 557, starts at top of right-hand page]

[in right-hand margin]

S. Hildreth &al to Z. Hildreth

[body of text]

Know all men by these presents that we Stow Hildreth and
Levi Hildreth both of Townsend in the County of Middle-
sex and Commonwealth ^of Massachusetts^ yeoman are holden and stand
firmly bound and obliged unto Zachariah Hildreth of
said Townsend Gentleman in the full and just sum of
two thousand dollars to be paid unto the said Zachariah Hil-
dreth his heirs executors administrators or assigns to the
which payment well and truly to be made we bind ourselves
our heirs executors and administrators firmly by these
presents Witness our hands and seals dated the twefth
day of February in the year of our Lord one thousand eight
hundred and twenty eight.  The conditions of this Obligation
is such That the above named Stow and Levi their heirs
executors administrators or assigns Shall well and truly
fulfill the conditions of an agreement with the said
Zachariah Hildreth which is as follows that is to say,
that the said Stow and Levi their heirs and assigns provide 
the said Zachariah and Abigail his wife for their sole use 
the east room as a chamber over it and one half of the cellar
a privilege in the west room when needed and a privilege
in the back room subject to the well as to use water as they
need and a privilege to the oven as they need all which places
they have a right to occuppy at all times unmolested the

???? said privileges are in and about the buildings which
the said Zachariah has this day conveyed to the said
Stow and Levi and the said Stow and Levi are to provide a
sufficient quantity of good meat and drink of all kinds
for the benefit of the said Zachariah and Abigail at all times
to their satisfaction and to provide good and suitable cloath-
ing at all times and seasons of the year and in case that
either or both of them the said Zachariah and Abigail
are sick the said Stow and Levi are to provide good doctoring
and nursing for each or either of them during their natural
life or lives and at their death to give them a decent burial.
Now therefore if the said Stow and Levi shall furnish and
provided for the Zachariah and Abigail as above written
then this bond shall be void otherwise shall remain in full
force and virtue.                                 Stow Hildreth  {seal]
Signed sealed and Delivered }           Levi Hildreth  {seal}
in presence of us                    }
Aaron Keyes                         }
Sarah Jepson                        }

Middlesex Ss November 13, 1833. Received and Recorded by
                                                             W^m ? Stone  Reg^r.

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 2 December 2018), Middlesex County, "Deeds, 1833, Vol. 326," Volume 326, pages 557 (image 292 of 305), Bond of Stow Hildreth and Levi Hildreth to Zachariah Hildreth, executed 12 February 1828, recorded 13 November 1833.

This bond document was written, received and recorded on the same day as the deed transcribed in   
Amanuensis Monday - 1828 Deed of Stow and Levi Hildreth to Zachariah Hildreth in Townsend, Mass.  The two documents are on consecutive pages in the Middlesex County land records.

The subject of this bond is the board and care of Zachariah Hildreth Sr., "Gentleman," and his wife Abigail (Hart) Hildreth.  The grantors, Stow Hildreth and Levi Hildreth, are two sons of Zachariah and Abigail (Hart) Hildreth.  Apparently, Zachariah Hildreth Sr. had given or sold this land to Stow and Levi Hildreth in an earlier deed.  In this bond, the deed that Zachariah Hildreth had bought the land back from Stow and Levi Hildreth is mentioned, and the bond and deed will be void as long as the board and care is provided.  The implication is that if Stow and Levi do not perform the agreed board and care, the land would end up in the estate of Zachariah and Abigail.  Zachariah essentially bought the care of he and his wife for $2,000 with the land as collateral.  No time limit is provided in the deed or bond other than their "natural lives."  Zachariah died on 16 March 1829 and Abigail died on 24 November 1846.  

"Stow" Hildreth is certainly Jonathan Stowe Hildreth (1803-1863) who was born in Townsend to Zachariah and Abigail (Hart) Hildreth.  Levi Hildreth (1808-1885) was the youngest son of Zachariah and Abigail (Hart) Hildreth.  

Zachariah Hildreth Sr. (1754-1829) is my fourth great-grandfather, who married (1) Elizabeth Keyes (1759-1793) in 1777, and (2) Abigail Hart (1769-1846) in 1794.  I am descended through son  Zachariah Hildreth Jr. (1783-1857) who married Hannah Sawtell (1789-1857).


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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