Monday, December 31, 2018

Amanuensis Monday - 1833 Deed of Stow Hildreth to Zachariah Hildreth in Townsend, Mass.

This week's document for Amanuensis Monday is the 1833 deed of Stow Hildreth to  Zachariah Hildreth of Townsend in the Middlesex County, Massachusetts Land Records: 

[Volume 337, pages 108-109]

[Volume 337, pages 110-111]

The transcription of this deed is:

[Volume 337, page 109, starts at bottom of right-hand page]

[in right-hand margin]

Stow Hildreth
Zach. Hildreth

[body of text]
Know all men by these presents that I Stow

Hildreth of Townsend in the County of Middlesex
and Commonwealth of Massachusetts yeoman in con-
sideration of one hundred and ninety two dollars

[Volume 337, page 110]

to me paid by Zachariah Hildreth of said Townsend
yeoman the receipt whereof I do hereby acknowledge
do hereby give grant sell and convey unto the said
Zachariah Hildreth his heirs and assigns forever a
certain piece of wood land in  the southwesterly part
of said Townsend on Baberry Hill so called and boun-
ded as follows to wit: beginning at the southeast cor-
ner by land of Henry Sanderson at a stake and stones
thence north 60 [deg] west thirty nine rods and ten links
by land of Henry Sanderson to a stake and stones
at land of Archelus Adams thence north thirty degrees
east sixty five rods by land of Archelus Adams and
land of Joseph Walker to a stake and stones thence south
sixty degrees east thirty nine rods and ten links by
land of Samuel Scales to a stake and stones thence south
thirty degrees west sixty five rods by land of Stow
Hildreth to the bound first mentioned with all the privi-
leges and appurtenances to the same belonging.  The afore
said piece of land contains sixteen acres.  To have
and To hold the above granted premises to the said Zach-
ariah Hildreth his heirs and assigns to his and their use and
behoof forever and I for myself my heirs executors and admin-
istrators do covenant with the said Zachariah Hildreth his heirs
and assigns that I am lawfully seized in fee of the afore-
granted premises that they are free of all encumbrances that
I have good right to sell and convey the same to the said
Zacheriah Hildreth in manner as aforesaid and that I
will and my heirs executors and administrators shall war-
rant and defend the same to the said Zachariah Hil-
dreth his heirs and assigns forever as against the lawful 
claims and demands of all persons.  In witness whereof
I the said Stow Hildreth and Mary Hildreth wife of the
said Stow in token of her full and free release of dower and
power of thirds in said premises have hereunto set our hands
and seals this thirteenth day of November in the year of
our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty three.
Signed Sealed & delivered   }              Stow Hildreth  {seal]
in presence of us                   }             Mary R. Hildreth  {seal}
Aaron Keyes                  }  Middlesex Ss  November 13, 1833 then
Charlotte Conant            }  the above named Stow Hildreth ack-
nowledged the above instrument to be his free act & deed before me
Aaron Keyes  Just Peace   Middlesex Ss  Dec^r 5^th 1834  Rec^d & Recorded by
                                                                                     W^m F. 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 23 December 2018), Middlesex County, "Deeds, 1834-1835, Vol. 336-337," Volume 337, pages 109-110 (images 362-363 of 633), Deed of Stow Hildreth to Zachariah Hildreth, executed 13 November 1833, recorded 5 December 1834.

This deed is for sixteen acres of wood land on Baberry Hill in the southwestern part of Townsend, adjacent to other land owned by Stow Hildreth.  Zachariah paid 192 dollars for this piece of land, which measures about 39 rods (644 feet) in one dimension (northwesterly and southeasterly), and about 65 rods (1073 feet) northeasterly and southwesterly, in a parallelogram shape.  

Zachariah Hildreth (1783-1857) "yeoman" is my 3rd great-grandfather, who married Hannah Sawtell (1789-1857) in Townsend, Massachusetts in 1810.  I am descended from their son, Edward Hildreth (1831-1899) who married Sophia Newton (1834-1923) in 1852.


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...

Randy, I wanted to confirm that Stow Hildreth is the Jonathan Stowe Hildreth, b. 17 Apr 1803 at Westford, son of Zachariah and his second wife Abigail Hart. Jonathan Stowe Hildreth married Mary Richardson and probably had no children. He died 12 Feb 1863 at Groton, Massachusetts. We don't have Abigail Hart or any of her children on Wikitree. I need to get them added.

Randy Seaver said...

Hi Vic,

Yes, I think that is correct - that Jonathan Stowe Hildreth was called Stow Hildreth.

Cheers -- Randy

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Randy Seaver said...


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Lighten up.

By the way - please comment on the appropriate blog post. This post was about an 1833 deed.

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