Monday, February 4, 2019

Amanuensis Monday - 1835 Deed of Samuel Warner to Zachariah Hildreth in Townsend, Mass.

This week's document for Amanuensis Monday is the 1835 deed of Samuel Warner to  Zachariah Hildreth of Townsend in the Middlesex County, Massachusetts Land Records: 

[Volume 357, pages 84-85]

The transcription of this deed is:

[Volume 357, page 84, starts near the bottom of left-hand page]

[in left-hand margin]
S. Warner
Z, Hildreth

[Body of text]

Know all men by these presents that I

Samuel Warner of Townsend in the County of Middle-
sex and Commonwealth of Massachusetts yeoman in
consideration of fifty five dollars paid me by Zacheri-
ah Hildreth of said Townsend yeoman the receipt
whereof I do hereby acknowledge do hereby give grant
bargain sell and convey unto the said Zacheriah
Hildreth his heirs and assigns forever a certain piece
of land in Townsend aforesaid containing about two
acres be the same more or less bounded as follows viz.

[Volume 357, page 85]

Beginning at a stake and stones on the south bank of the
Squanacook river and thence running down said river
eastwardly and southerly by said river to said Hil-
 dreth's land thence westwardly by Hildreth's land
to a white oak tree marked thence by said Hildreths
land to the bound first mentioned.  To Have and
To Hold the above described premises with all the
privileges thereunto belonging to the said Zacheriah Hil-
dreth his heirs and assigns to his and their use and
behoof forever.  And I do covenant with the said Zach-
eriah Hildreth his heirs and assigns that I am law-
fully seized in fee of the above said premises, that I will
warrant and defend the same to the said Hildreth his
heirs and assigns forever against the lawful claims
and demands of all persons.  In Witness whereof I the
said Samuel Warner together with my wife Hannah War-
ner she hereby relinquishing all claim to dower or
thirds have hereunto set our hands and seals this twen-
ty seventh day of November in the year of our Lord eigh-
teen hundred and thirty five.              Samuel Warner  {seal}
Signed Sealed & delivered     }             Hannah Warner  {seal}
in presence of us                    }             Middlesex Ss June 20, 1836

James Hildreth                       }          Then personally appeared
Ralph Warner                         }          the above named Samuel
Warner and acknowledged the foregoing instrument by
him subscribed to be his free act and deed before me
Aaron Keyes  Justice of the Peace.
                 Middlesex Ss  Octo. 5, 1836   Rec^d and 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 2 February 2019), Middlesex County, "Deeds, 1836, Vol. 356-358," Volume 357, pages 84-85 (image 320 of 561), Deed of Samuel Warner to Zachariah Hildreth, executed 27 November 1835, recorded 5 October 1836.

This deed is for two acres of land in Townsend on the south side of the Squanacook River and bounded by other land of Zachariah Hildreth.  Zachariah paid 55 dollars in 1835 for this piece of land.

Zachariah Hildreth (1783-1857) who married Hannah Sawtell (1789-1857) in 1810, is my third great-grandfather.  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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