Monday, January 14, 2019

Amanuensis Monday - 1798 Deed of Isaac Kidder to Zachariah Hildreth in Townsend, Mass.

This week's document for Amanuensis Monday is the 1798 deed of Isaac Kidder to  Zachariah Hildreth of Townsend in the Middlesex County, Massachusetts Land Records: 

[Volume 148, pages 336-337]

The transcription of this deed is:

[Volume 148, page 336, starts at top of left-hand page]

[in left-hand margin]

Isaac Kidder

Zac^h Hildreth

[Body of text]

Know all Men by these Presents that I Isaac
Kidder of Townsend in the County of Middlesex and
Commonwealth of Massachusetts  ^yeoman^ in consideration of
Two hundred Dollars paid by Zachariah Hildreth
of the same Townsend aforesaid gentleman, the receipt
whereof I do hereby acknowledge, do hereby give grant
sell and convey unto the said Zach. Hildreth a certain
peice of land in Townsend afores^d, and a part of two lots 
No. fifty four and fifty five, said lots situate on Bay-
berry Hill, containing forty acres be the same more
or less bounded as follows, viz. beginning at a stake
 and stones, the southeast corner of one of the above
said lots, thence west twenty nine deg^s north about
one hundred rods by Jonas Farmers land to a stake
and stones for a corner, thence north twenty nine deg^s
east sixty four rods by Daniel Fosters & Joseph Walkers
land to a stake and stones for a corner, thence east twen-
ty nine deg^s south about one hundred rods by s^d
Kidders land to a stake and stones for a corner in the
line of said Farmers land, thence south twenty nine
deg^s West sixty four rods by said Farmers land
to the bounds first mentioned.  To have and to 
hold the aforegranted premises to the said Zach
Hildreth his heirs and assigns to his and their
Use and behoof forever.  And I do covenant with the
said Zac^h Hildreth his heirs and assigns that I am
lawfully seized in fee of all incumbrances that I have
good right to sell and convey the same to the said Zac^h
Hildreth And that I will warrant and defend the
same premises to the said Zac^h Hildreth his heirs
and assigns forever against the lawful claims and
demands of all persons.  In witness whereof I the 
said Isaac Kidder with my wife Sarah she

[Volume 148, page 337]

releasing her right of Dower or thirds to the above granted
premises have hereunto set our hands and seals this
twenty seventh day of December in the year of our Lord
one thousand seven hundred and ninety eight.  Isaac
Kidder and seal.  Sarah Kidder and seal.  Signed 
sealed and delivered in presence of us Enoch Kidder
Sally Kidder.  Middlesex Ss November 15, 1800.  Then 
the above named Isaac Kidder personally appeared and
acknowledged the above instrument to be his free act and
acknowledged the above instrument to be his free act and
deed before me Daniel Adams Just. of Peace.
                              Middlesex Ss Cambridge  16^th Decem^r 1802.
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 23 December 2018), Middlesex County, "Deeds, 1802-1803, Vol. 148," Volume 148, pages 336-337 (image 183 of 288), Deed of Isaac Kidder to Zachariah Hildreth, executed 27 December 1798, recorded 16 December 1802.

This deed is for forty acres of land on Bayberry Hill in the southwestern part of Townsend, adjacent to land owned by Jonas Farmer, Daniel Foster, Samuel Walker, and Isaac Kidder.  Zachariah paid 200 dollars in 1798 for this piece of land, which measures 100 rods (1650 feet) in one dimension (northwesterly and southeasterly), and 64 rods (1056 feet) northeasterly and southwesterly, in a rectangular shape.

Zachariah Hildreth (1754-1829) "gentleman" is my 4th great-grandfather, who married Elizabeth Keyes (Hannah Sawtell (1759-1793) in Townsend, Massachusetts in 1777.  I am descended from their son, Zachariah Hildreth (1783-1857) who married Hannah Sawtell (1789-1857 in 1810.


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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