Monday, April 8, 2019

Amanuensis Monday -- 1843 Mortgage Release of Zachariah Hildreth to James Hildreth in Townsend, Massachusetts

This week's document for Amanuensis Monday is the 1843 mortgage release of  Zachariah Hildreth to James Hildreth of Townsend in the Middlesex County, Massachusetts Land Records: 

[Volume 429, pages 200-201]

[Volume 429, pages 202-203]

The transcription of this deed is:

[Volume 429, page 201, starts near bottom of right-hand page]

[in right-hand margin]

Zachariah Hildreth

James Hildreth

[body of text]

                                Know all men by these presents that

I Zachariah Hildreth the mortgagee within named in
consideration of two thousand dollars to me paid by James
Hildreth the within named mortgagor the receipt whereof
I do hereby acknowledge do for myself and my heirs release
remiss and forever quit claim to the said James Hildreth
all my right title and interest in and to the within de-
scribed premises by force of the within mortgage deed.  In
Witness Whereof I the said Zachariah Hildreth have here-
unto set my hand and seal this twenty third day of March
in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and

[page 202]

forty three.                                   Zachariah Hildreth  {seal}

    Signed sealed & delivered     |    Middlesex ss  March 23^d 1843
         in presence of                    |     Then personally appeared the
         Paul Gerrish                    |     above named Zachariah Hildreth
         Elizabeth Hildreth          |      and acknowledge the above in-
strument to be his free act and deed before me.  Paul Gerrish
                                                                              Just. of Peace
       Middlesex ss June 16^th 1843.  Rec^d & Recorded by
In mortgage released         }                  W^m F. Stone  Reg.
See Book 382   Page 308. }

The source citation for this recorded mortgage release is:

"Massachusetts, Land Records, 1620-1986," digital images, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, FamilySearch ( : accessed 2 February 2019), Middlesex County, "Deeds, 1843, Vol. 429," Volume 429, pages 201-202 (images 103 and 104 of 285), Mortgage release of Zachariah Hildreth to James Hildreth, executed 23 March 1843, recorded 16 June 1843.

On 10 June 1839, Zachariah Hildreth sold two tracts of land in Townsend to his son, James Hildreth, for $2,000.  Apparently, James took out a mortgage for the $2,000 and was to pay it off in an unknown amount of time.  This mortgage release indicates that he paid off the mortgage or it was forgiven by Zachariah Hildreth.  The 1839 deed is transcribed in Amanuensis Monday - 1839 Deed of Zachariah Hildreth to James Hildreth in Townsend, Mass.

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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