Monday, February 25, 2019

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

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

[Volume 382, pages 310-311]

[Volume 382, pages 312-313]

The transcription of this deed is:

[Volume 382, page 311, starts at top of right-hand page]

[in right-hand margin]

Z. Hildreth
A. Hildreth

recorded again in Volume 618, page 78

[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 six hundred & fifty Dollars to me
paid by Aaron Hildreth, of said Townsend, yeoman, the receipt
whereof I do hereby acknowledge, do hereby give, grant, sell &
convey unto the said Aaron Hildreth, his heirs & assigns forever,
a certain tract of land situate in the southerly part of said Town-
send, bounded, beginning at the Squanicook river, so called, at a stake
& stones near the Kidder Bridge, so called, thence westerly, on the
road leading from Townsend meeting house to Babary Hill, so 
called, to a corner of A.S. French's land; thence southerly on said
French's land about seven rods, to a stake & stones at a corner of
Jonas Farmer's land; thence still southerly on said Farmer's land
to an old town road to a stake & stones near an elm tree, thence
westerly about forty rods on said old town road to land of Zachariah
Hildreth, to a stake & stones; thence south across said old road
about two rods, to William Pratt's land; thence south about 83° east,
bounding by said Pratt's land, about eighty six rods, until it
comes to a line of the school lot; thence southerly by land
formerly owned by heirs of Benamuel Pratt, about twelve rods,
to a stake & stones; thence southeasterly by land of Elisha Conant
to a stake & stones in a line of land owned by said Z. Hildreth, 
the length of line being about forty five rods; thence Northerly
in a straight line in the direction of the line that separates
land this day conveyed by me to James Hildreth, from land of
said Conant to a stake & stones on the bank of aforesaid river,
& bounding easterly on land conveyed to said James, thence west-
erly by said river, as it now runs, to the bounds first mentioned. 
Also a certain other piece of land situate in the southerly part
of said Townsend, on Babary Hill, so called, bounded, beginning
at the southwesterly corner of the premises, at a stake & stones
at land of Archelaus Adams, then north, 30° east, sixty five
rods by land of said Adams, & land of Joseph Walker, to a
stake & stones; thence south, 60° east, nineteen rods & 17-1/2
links by land of Samuel Scales, to a stake & stones; thence
south, 30° west, sixty rods by land of James Hildreth, to
a stake & stones; thence north, 60° west, nineteen rods & 17
links, to the bounds first mentioned; reserving the crop now
growing on the aforedescribed premises.  To have & to hold
the aforegranted premises to the said Aaron Hildreth, his
heirs & assigns, to his & their use & behood forever.  And 
I do covenant with the said Aaron Hildreth, his heirs
and assigns, that I am lawfully seized in fee of the a-

[Volume 382, page 312]

foregranted premises; that they are free of all incumbrances; that
I have good right to convey the same to the said Aaron Hildreth;
and that I will warrant & defend the same premises to the said
Aaron Hildreth, his heirs & assigns forever, against the lawful
claims & demands of all persons.  In witness whereof, I, the
said Zachariah Hildreth & I, Hannah Hildreth, wife of said
Zachariah Hildreth, in token, & for the purpose of releasing all
my right to dower in the aforedescribed premises, have hereunto
set our hands & seals this tenth day of June, in the year of our
Lord one thousand eight hundred & thirty nine.

Signed, sealed & delivered   }            Zachariah Hildreth   seal
in the presence of                  }                  "             "           seal
Daniel Giles                          }           Middlesex ss. June 10^th 1839.  Then
F.A. Worcester                      }           the above named Zachariah Hildreth
acknowledged the above instrument to be his free act & deed, be-
fore me, F.A. Worcester, Just. of Peace.
                           Middlesex ss, June 12^th 1839  Rec^d & recorded by
                                                                                  W.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 311-312 (images 159-160 of 298), Deed of Zachariah Hildreth to Aaron Hildreth, executed 10 June 1839, recorded 12 June 1839.

 This deed is for two tracts of land in Townsend (no acreage provided).  Aaron Hildreth paid his father Zachariah $650 for this land.  

This deed is paired with a second deed wherein Aaron sells the land back to Zachariah for $600 if he doesn't fulfill his promise to pay a debt and to pay Aaron's sisters $50 each when they turn 25 years old or marry.

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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