Monday, July 8, 2019

Amanuensis Monday -- 1808 Mortgage Deed of Nathan Gates to Merari Spaulding in Gardner, Massachusetts

This week's document for Amanuensis Monday is the 1808 mortgage deed of  Nathan Gates selling land to Merari Spaulding in Gardner, Massachusetts in the Worcester County, Massachusetts Land Records: 

[Volume 170, pages 600-601]

The transcription of this deed is:

[page 600, near bottom of page]

[in left margin]

Gates Nathan
Merari Spaulding

[in body of page]

                               Know all men by these presents that I Nathan Gates of Gardner in the
County of Worcester & Commonwealth of Massachusetts Yeoman in consideration of
seven hundred dollars paid me by Merari Spaulding of Westminster in the County and
Commonwealth aforesaid Yeoman the receipt whereof I hereby acknowledge do hereby
give grant sell and convey unto the said Merari Spaulding his heirs and assigns forever
a certain tract of land lying and being in the southeasterly part of the Town of Gardner afore-
said containing sixty acres be the same more or less and is bounded as follows (viz) begining

[page 601]

northerly on land of John Miles easterly on land of said Miles & forth division land
southerly on land of Aaron Wood & David Read westerly on land of Moses Sanderson & a
Town road and on lane of John Miles, said land has a house & barn thereon standing
said land is part of lot No. 55 third division and part of lot No. 111 second division & part
of Lort No. 91 third division.

                                 To have and to hold the same to the said Merari Spaulding his heirs
and Assigns to his and their use and behoof forever and I do covenant with the said Mera-
ri Spaulding his heirs and 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 Merari Spaulding heirs and assigns for ever against the lawful claims & demands
of all persons.                                                         The condition of this deed is such
that whereas the said Nathan Gates has given a promissory Note of hand to the said Merari
Spaulding of the sum of three hundred and forty dollars and ninety eight cents to be paid
in one year from the date of this deed said Note bears the same date of this instrument
and is on interest.  Now know that if the said Nathan Gates his heirs executors or admin-
istrators shall well and truly pay or cause to be paid the full contents of said Note of hand
with the interest by the time above mentioned to the said Merari Spalding his heirs Ex-
ecutors Administrators or Assigns then this deed is to be void & none effect other wise
to be and remain in full force and virtue.   In witness whereof I the said Nathan
Gates have hereunto set my hand and seal this twenty second day of Sept. A.D. 1808.
Signed Sealed & Delivered in presence of us
Aaron Wood                                                                 Nathan Gates  {seal}
F???er Wood

Worcester ss Gardner  Sept. 22 1808  Nathan Gates abovenamed acknowledged this instru-
ment to be his free act & deed before me --  Aaron Wood Justice of the Peace
Rec^d  Sept. 27 1808 Ent^d & Exam^d       Dan^l Clap  Reg^r.

[in the left hand margin of page 601]

I the subscriber hereby certify that I have rec^d of Nathan Gates within named the full
contents of the within mortgage deed and order the same to be discharged on record at the Register of deeds
office within & for the County of Worcester given under my hand and seal this twenty eighth day of August
in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and eleven -- Merari Spaulding.  {seal}
Signed Sealed & Deliv^d in presence of Jonathan Osgood Aaron Wood -- Worcester ss Gardner August 28
1811 Merari Spaulding above named acknowledged this instrument by him subscribed to be his free
act & deed Before me Aaron Wood Justice of Peace.  Rec^d Sept. 3^d 1811. Ent^d & Exam^d  Dan^l Clap 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 13 January 2015), Worcester County, "Deeds, 1808-1809, Vol. 170-171," Volume 170, pages 600-601 (image 324 of 712), Deed of Nathan Gates to Merari Spaulding, executed 22 September 1808, recorded 27 September 1808.

In this deed, Nathan Gates sold a 60 acre tract of land in southeastern Gardner to Merari Spaulding of Westminster for 700 dollars in a mortgage deed conditioned on Nathan Gates paying a debt of $340.98 with interest to Spaulding within one year from 22 September 1808.  Gates satisfied the debt on 28 August 1811 and the deed was voided by Spaulding.

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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