Monday, May 20, 2019

Amanuensis Monday -- 1847 Deed of Zachariah Hildreth to James Hildreth in Townsend, Massachusetts

This week's document for Amanuensis Monday is the 1847 deed of  James Hildreth buying land from Zachariah Hildreth of Townsend in the Middlesex County, Massachusetts Land Records: 

[Volume 559, pages 526-527]

The transcription of this deed is:

[Volume 559 page 526, starts at top of left-hand page]

[in left-hand margin]


[body of text]

                       Know all Men by these Presents,

that I Zachariah Hildreth of Townsend in the County of
Middlesex and Commonwealth of Massachusetts Yeoman, in
consideration of fifty dollars to me paid by James Hildreth
of said Townsend yeoman, the receipt whereof is hereby sc-
knowledged, do hereby give, grant, bargain sell and convey
unto the said James Hildreth his heirs & assigns forever a piece
of land situate in the southeasterly part of said Townsend con-
taining three acres more or less and is bounded as follows: Be-
ginning at a stake and stones on the easterly side of a town 
way that leads from Zachariah Hildreth dwelling house to
Lunenburg and on the southerly margin of a brook that
crosses said Town way southerly of said Zachariah Hil-
dreth house thence southerly by said townway to a town way
that leads by the house of Ephraim Spaulding thence easterly
by the last mentioned townway to land of said Ephraim
Spaulding thence northerly by said Spaulding's land to
the aforesaid Brook thence westerly up & by said Brook
as the Brook now runs to the bound first mentioned.  To
Have & To Hold the above granted premises with the privi-
leges and appurtenances thereto belonging to the said James Hil-
dreth his heirs and assigns to his & their use and behoof forever.
And I the said Zachariah Hildreth for myself and my heirs ex-
ecutors and administrators do covenant with the said James
Hildreth his heirs and assigns that I am lawfully seized,
in fee of the aforegranted premises that they are free
from all incumbrances that I have good right to sell and
convey the same to the said James Hildreth as aforesaid,
and that I will and my heirs executors and administrators
shall Warrant and Defend the same to the said James Hil-
dreth his heirs and assigns forever against the lawful claims
and demands of all persons.  In Witness Whereof I the said
Zachariah Hildreth and Hannah wife of the said Zachariah in
token of her release of dower in s^d premises have hereunto set
our hands and seals this twenty seventh day of April in the year
of our Lor eighteen hundred and forty sevenZachariah 
Hildreth {seal} _____ {seal}  Executed & delivered in presence of us
Paul Gerrish Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Middlesex ss. April 27,
1847.  Then personally appeared the above named Zachariah Hil-
dreth and acknowledged the above named instrument to be his free act &
deed before me Paul Gerrish Justice of the Peace.
Middlesex ss. June 4, 1849, Rec'd & Recorded by        Caleb Hayden 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, 1849, Vol. 557-559," Volume 559, page 526 (image 864 of 903), Deed of Zachariah Hildreth to James Hildreth, executed 27 April 1847, recorded 4 June 1849.

In this deed, Zachariah Hildreth and his wife Hannah sell an 3 acre tract of land in Townsend to James Hildreth for $50 on 27 April 1847.  James Hildreth is a son of Zachariah and Hannah Hildreth.

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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