Monday, August 5, 2019

Amanuensis Monday -- 1796 Deed of Samuel Hoar to Nathan Gates in Gardner, Massachusetts

This week's document for Amanuensis Monday is the 1796 deed of  Nathan Gates buying land from Samuel Hoar in Gardner, Massachusetts in the Worcester County, Massachusetts Land Records: 

[Volume 138, pages 134-135]

The transcription of this deed is:

[page 134, near bottom of left-hand page]

[in left margin]

Hoar Sam^l

Nathan Gates

[body of text]

Know all men by these presents that I

Samuel Hoar of Lincoln in the County of
Middlesex & Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Esquire in consideration of the sum of one hund-
red & eighty dollars paid by Nathan Gates of Gard-
ner in the County of Worcester & Commonwealth
aforesaid Yeoman the receipt whereof I do hereby
acknowledge do hereby give grant sell & convey
unto the said said Nathan Gates a certain tract
or parcel of land in the the Easterly part of Gardner
bounded as followeth viz. beginning at the
Northwesterly corner at a stake & stones thence
running south 22 degrees East 48 rods to a stake
& stones thence turning & running South 66-3/4

[page 135]

West 34 rods & 19 links to the corner by a Town road &
heap of stones thence turning & running by s^d road 14 rods
to a stake & stones thence turning & running North 76-1/4
degrees East 25 rods 29 links to a stake & stones thence
turning & running South 61-1/2 degrees East 18 rods to a
stake & stones by the brook thence turing & running North
44-1/4 degrees East 15 rods to a hemlock marked thence turn &
running North 16-1/2 degrees East 16 rods 220 links ro a spruce
tree marked thence turning & running North 63 de-
grees East 9 rods to a dead spruce tree thence turning and
running Northwesterly ^in a^ straight ^line^ to a stake in the swamp
43 rods to the corner of s^d Gates land thence turning & run-
ning South 87-3/4 degrees East thirty nine rods to the corner &
bounds first mentioned.

                               To have and to hold the afore-
granted premises to the said Nathan Gates his heirs
& assigns to their use & behoof forever.  And I do covenant
with the said Nathan Gates his heirs & assigns that I am law-
fully seized in fee of the aforegranted premises that they are
free of all incumbrances that I have good right to sell &
convey the same to the said Nathan Gates & that I will war-
rant & defend the same premises to the said Nathan
Gates his heirs & assigns forever against the lawful claims
& demands of all persons.

In witness whereof I the said Samuel Hoar have here-
unto set my hand & seal this twenty eighth day of Sep-
tember in the year of our Lord one thousand  and seven hund-
red and ninety six.
Signed sealed delivered                                      Sam^l Hoar  {L.S.]
in presence of us
Abner Holden
Abner Holden Jun^r.      Worcester ss  Westminster  Sep^r ye 29th 1796
Then the above named Samuel Hoar the above grant-
or acknowledged the above instrument to be his
free act & deed before me  Abner Holden Justice of the peace
Sep^r 18, 1799  Rec^d enter^d & exam^d pr 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, 1799-1800, Vol. 138-139," Volume 138, pages 134-135 (images 115 of 744)
, Deed of Samuel Hoar to Nathan Gates, executed 28 September 1796, recorded 18 September 1799.

In this deed, Nathan Gates, yeoman of Gardner, bought a tract of land  in the eastern part of Gardner from Samuel Hoar of Lincoln for 180 dollars.  

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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