Monday, August 19, 2019

Amanuensis Monday -- 1816 Mortgage Deed of Nathan Gates to John Miles in Gardner, Massachusetts

This week's document for Amanuensis Monday is the 1816 mortgage deed of  Nathan Gates selling land to John Miles in Gardner, Massachusetts in the Worcester County, Massachusetts Land Records: 

[Volume 199, page 189]

[Volume 199, page 190]

The transcription of this deed is:

[page 189 at 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 Massa-
chusetts Yeoman In consideration of three hundred dollars paid by
John Miles of said Gardner 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 situate in said
Gardner being the farm on which I now live lying northerly of the
County road leading from Westminster to Winchendon containing
about forty Acres with the buildings thereon and is bounded southerly
on said County road Southeasterly on land of Henry Coolidge
northeasterly on three fourth division lots Northwesterly of Aaron
Conants being the same land which I Mortgaged to the Boston bank
for the sum of four hundred dollars.

To have and to hold the aforegranted premises to the said John
his heirs and assigns to his and their use and behoof forever and
I do covenant with the said Miles his heirs and assigns that I am
lawfully seized in fee of the aforegranted premises except the aforesaid
Mortgaged Deed that they are free of all incumbrances Except said
Mortgaged Deed that I have good right to sell and convey the same to
the said Miles - and that I will warrant & defend the same premises 
to the said Miles his heirs and assigns forever against the lawful claims &
demands of all persons Except the Mortgaged Deed aforesaid.

Provided nevertheless that if the said Nathan his heirs Execu-
tors ^or Administrators^ pay to the said John his heirs Executors Administrators or as-
sign the sum of three hundred dollars in two years with interest

[Volume 199, page 190]

annually then this Deed as also a certain note of hand bearing even
date with these presents given the said ^Gates^ to the said Miles to pay the same
sum of three hundred dollars at the time aforesaid shall both be void
otherwise shall remain in full force.  I Witness whereof the said
Nathan & Abigail wife of the said Nathan in token of her relinquish-
ing her right of dower in & to the premises have hereunto set our
hands & seals this fifteenth day of February in the year of our Lord
one thousand ^Eight hundred^ and Sixteen.

Signed sealed & Delivered                              Nathan Gates  {seal}
in presence of us                                              Abigail Gates  {seal}
Alex^r  Dustin               }   
Simeon Sanderson         }   Worcester ss  February 15^th 1816 then the above na-
Amos Gates                   }    med Nathan Gates acknowledged the above in-
Susanna Gates               }   strument to be his free act and deed, before me
                                                                         Alex^r Dustin Just of Peace
Rece^d  Feb^y 20^th 1816  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, 1815
-1816, Vol. 198-199," Volume 199, Page 189-190, images 473-474 of 724, Deed of Nathan Gates to John Miles, executed 15 February 1816, recorded 20 February 1816; citing records in land offices and county courthouses, statewide, Massachusetts. 

In this deed, Nathan Gates, yeoman of Gardner, sold a 40 acre tract of land  in Gardner to John Miles, yeoman of Gardner for 300 dollars.  Nathan Gates owed a mortgage of $400 to a Boston bank at the time, and this deed would be void if Nathan Gates paid $300 with interest to John Miles within two years.

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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