Monday, February 18, 2019

Amanuensis Monday - 1839 Deed of Zachariah Hildreth to James Hildreth in Townsend, Mass.

This week's document for Amanuensis Monday is the 1839 deed of  Zachariah Hildreth to  James Hildreth of Townsend in the Middlesex County, Massachusetts Land Records: 

[Volume 382, pages 306-307]

The transcription of this deed is:

[Volume 382, page 306, starts at middle of left-hand page]

[in left-hand margin]

Z. Hildreth
J. Hildreth

[body of text]

                                                   Know all men by these presents

that I Zachariah Hildreth of Townsend in the County of Middle-
sex, yeoman, in consideration of two thousand Dollars to me paid by
James Hildreth of said Townsend, yeoman, the receipt whereof I do
hereby acknowledge, do hereby give, grant, sell & convey unto the said
James Hildreth, his heirs & assigns forever, a certain tract of land
situate in the southeasterly part of said Townsend, on both
sides of the road leading from Henry Seeva's in Townsend
to Lunenburg, bounded, beginning at a stake & stones on the
east side of the road aforesaid, at a corner of Ephraim Spaulding's
land; thence southeasterly on land of said Spaulding's, to a stake
and stones, thence southerly on land of said Spaulding to a stake
& stones at the road leading from said Spaulding's to Joel Emery's;
thence westerly on said road to a corner of the aforesaid road leading
from Henry Seeva's to Lunenburg; thence crossing said last mentioned
road, to a corner of Isaac Spaulding's land at a stake and stones; thence
westerly on land  of said Isaac Spaulding, & land of Lucy Spaulding, to
the School lot, so called, to a stake & stones; thence west, about 41[deg] north,
by land of Samuel Scales & land of Solomon Green, about one hundred &
fourteen rods & two thirds of a rod, to a stake & stones, a corner of land of

[Volume 382, page 307]

Elisha Conant; thence northerly in a straight line by land of said

Conant, & land of said Zachariah Hildreth, to a stake & stones on
the bank of the Squanicook river; thence easterly by said river,
as it formerly run, meaning to follow the old channel of said
river, to the Clark Bridge, so called, across said river; thence
southerly by the road first mentioned to the bounds first
mentioned, excepting the road passing through said premises.
Also a certain other tract of woodland situated in the southerly
part of said Townsend on Babary Hill, so called, bounded be-
ginning at the southeast corner of the premises at land
formerly owned by Henry Sanderson at a stake & stones;
thence north 60[deg] west, nineteen rods & seventeen & a half
links, by land formerly owned by said Sanderson, to a stake &
stones; thence north, 30[deg] east, sixty five rods by land of said
Zachariah Hildreth to a stake & stones; thence south 60[deg] east
nineteen rods & 17-1/2/ links, by land of Samuel Scales, to a
stake & stones; thence south, 30[deg] west, sixty five rods by 
land of Joseph Steele, to the bounds first mentioned.  Also 
Pew No. 8 in the brick meeting house belonging to the Ortho-
dox Congregational Church & Society in said Townsend.
To have and to hold the aforegranted premises to the said James  
Hildreth, his heirs & assigns, to his and their use & behoof forever.
And I do covenant with the said James Hildreth, his heirs
& assigns, that I am lawfully seized in fee of the aforegrant-
ed premises; that they are free of all incumbrances; that I
have good right to convey the same to the said James Hil-
dreth; and that I will warrant & defend the same premises
to the said James Hildreth, his heirs & assigns forever against
the lawful claims & demands of all persons.  In witness where-
of, I, the said Zachariah Hildreth, & I, Hannah Hildreth, wife 
of said Zachariah, in token & for the purpose of releasing all
my right to dower in the aforedescribed premises, have here-
unto set our hands & seals this tenth day of June, in the year
of our Lord one thousand eight hundred & thirty nine.
Signed, sealed & delivered  }  Zachariath Hildreth     seal
in the Presence of                }             ^          ^             seal
Daniel Giles                        }  Middlesex ss. June 10, 1839. Then
F.A. Worcester                   }  the above named Zachariah Hildreth
acknowledged the above instrument to be his free act & deed.
Before me, F.A. Worcester, Justice of Peace.
               Middlesex ss.  June 12^th 1839.
                                          Rec^d & recorded by
                                                    W^m F. Stone Reg.   

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. 382," Volume 382, pages 306-307 (image 157 of 298), Deed of Zachariah Hildreth to James Hildreth, executed 10 June 1839, recorded 12 June 1839.

 This deed is for two tracts of land in Townsend (no acreage provided), and Pew number 8 in the Townsend meeting house.  James Hildreth paid his father Zachariah $2,000 for this land.  

This deed is paired with a second deed wherein James sells the land back to Zachariah for $3000 if he doesn't fulfill his promise to support his father Zachariah and mother Hannah Hildreth for the rest of their lives.  See Amanuensis Monday - 1839 Deed of James Hildreth to Zachariah Hildreth in Townsend, Mass. for the details.

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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