Monday, March 25, 2019

Amanuensis Monday -- 1837 Deed of Otis Seaver to Zachariah Hildreth in Townsend, Massachusetts

This week's document for Amanuensis Monday is the 1837 deed of  Otis Seaver to Zachariah Hildreth of Townsend in the Middlesex County, Massachusetts Land Records: 

[Volume 382, pages 314-315]

The transcription of this deed is:

[Volume 382, page 314, starts at middle of left-hand page]

[in left-hand margin]

Otis Seaver
Z. Hildreth

[body of text]

                                                 Know all men by these presents

that I Otis Seaver, of Townsend in the County of Middlesex &
Commonwealth of Massachusetts, yeoman, in consideration of
two hundred & thirty one Dollars to me paid by Zachariah
Hildreth, of Townsend, aforesaid, yeoman, the receipt where-
of I do hereby acknowledge, do hereby give, grant, sell & convey
unto the said Zachariah Hildreth, his heirs & assigns, a certain
tract of land containing twenty two acres more or less, sit-
uated in the southerly part of said Townsend & bounded as
follows, viz.: beginning at 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 Baberry Hill,
so called, to a corrner of Abraham S. French's land; thence south-
erly on said French's land about seven rods to a stake & stones,
to 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 easterly about forty rods on said old town road, to land
of Zachariah Hildreth, at a stake & stones; thence northerly on said Hil-
dreth's land to a white pine stump on the bank of said Squanicook river,
thence northwesterly up & on said river, to bounds first mentioned.  To
have & to hold the aforegranted premises to the said Zachariah Hil-
dreth, his heirs & assigns, to his & their use & behoof forever.  And I do cov-
enant with the said Zachariah Hildreth, his heirs & assigns, for
myself & my heirs, that I am lawfully seized in the fee of the
aforegranted premises; that they are free of all incumbrances;
that I have good right to convey the same to the said Zachariah
Hildreth; & that I will warrant & defend the same premises

[Volume 382, page 315]

to the said Zachariah Hildreth, his heirs & assigns forever against
the lawful claims & demands of all persons.  In witness whereof,
I the said Otis Seaver have hereunto set my hand & seal this
twentieth day of December, in the year of our Lord one thousand
eight hundred & thirty seven.                      Otis Seaver   {seal}
Signed, sealed & delivered  }  Middlesex ss. May 3^d 1838.  Then the
in the presence of                 }  above named Otis Seaver acknowl-
Abraham Seaver                }   edged the above instrument to be his
Samuel Seaver                    }  free act & deed.  Before me, Paul Gerrish,
Justice of the Peace.   Middlesex ss June 12^th 1839.  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 2 February 2019), Middlesex County, "Deeds, 1836, Vol. 382," Volume 382, pages 314-315 (image 161 of 298), Deed of Otis Seaver to Zachariah Hildreth, executed 20 December 1837, recorded 12 June 1839.

Otis Seaver sold this 22 acre piece of land to Zachariah Hildreth for 231 dollars on 20 December 1837.  The land is in the southern part of Townsend, Massachusetts, between the Squanicook River and the road to Baberry Hill, and is bounded by land of Abraham French, Jonas Farmer and Zachariah Hildreth.  The deed was acknowledged on 3 May 1838, and recorded on 12 June 1839.

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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