Monday, July 29, 2019

Amanuensis Monday -- 1807 Deed of Nathan Gates to John Miles in Gardner, Massachusetts

This week's document for Amanuensis Monday is the 1807 deed of  Nathan Gates selling land to John Miles in Gardner, Massachusetts in the Worcester County, Massachusetts Land Records: 

[Volume 180, pages 648-649]

[Volume 180, pages 650-651]

The transcription of this deed is:

[page 649, near middle of right-hand page]

[in left margin]

Gates Nathan
John Miles

[body of text]

 Know all men by these presents that I Nathan Gates of

Gardner in the County of Worcester & Commonwealth of Massachusetts
yeoman in consideration of one hundred & twenty dollars paid me by
John Miles of Gardner aforesaid yeoman the receipt whereof I do
hereby acknowledge do hereby give grant sell and convey unto
the said John Miles his heirs and assigns a certain tract of land lying
& being in the Southeasterly part of Gardner aforesaid containing nine
acres and one hundred and fifty rod of land it being the Northwesterly
part of Nathan Gates land on which his buildings now stand which
is lot N^o. 111, and is bounded as follows (viz) Begining at the Northwest
corner at a stake and stones thence runs North fifteen degrees West 50
rods to a stake and stones thence North 69 degrees East 34 rod 7 links
stake & stones at the road thence South 19 degrees East 45 rods & fifteen
links to a stake & stones thence South 62 degrees West 38 rods 20 links
to the first mentioned bound.  Said land has a Town road through the
same containing ninety six rods of land which the said Gates does not
here convey and if it is ever discontinued as a road it is to be & remain
the property of the said Gates forever anything in this deed to the con-
trary notwithstanding said Gates reserves a byway to get into said road
where it will best accomodate him with going through one gate.
Said land is bounded Southwesterly on land of John Miles North-
westerly on land of said Miles Northeasterly on land of said Miles South-

[page 650]

Easterly on land of Nathan Gates.

                                       To have and to hold the same
to the said John Miles his heirs and assigns to his & their use and behoof
forever and I do covenant with the said John Miles his heirs & assigns
that I am lawfully seized in fee of the premises that they are free of
all incumbrances and that I will warrant & Defend the same to the
said John Miles heirs and assigns forever against the lawful claims
and demands of all persons.  In witness whereof I the said Nathan Gates
have hereunto set my hand and seal this fourteenth day of May in
the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and seven.

Signed Sealed & Deliv^d in presence of us                    Nathan Gates  {seal}
Aaron Wood              }                                                   Abigail Gates  {seal}
Reuben Gates            }  Worcester ss Gardner May 14, 1807 Nathan Gates above
named acknowledged this instrument to be his free act & Deed.
                                                       before me  Aaron Wood JusPeace
Rec^d Sept^r 11, 1811.  Ent^d & Exam^d pr  Dan^l Clap 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 13 January 2015), Worcester County, "Deeds, 1811, Vol. 180-181," Volume 180, pages 649-650 (images 351-352 of 692), Deed of Nathan Gates to John Miles, executed 14 May 1807, recorded 11 September 1811.

In this deed, Nathan Gates, yeoman of Gardner, sold a tract of land (9 acres and 150 rods) in southeastern Gardner to John Miles of Gardner for 120 dollars.  The land with buildings was part of the land Nathan Gates owned in Gardner at the time.

Nathan Gates (1767-1830), who married Abigail Knowlton (1774-1855) in 1790, is my 4th great-grandfather.  I am descended from their daughter, Abigail Gates (1797-1867) who married Benjamin Seaver (1791-1825) in 1817.


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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