Monday, September 30, 2019

Amanuensis Monday -- 1764 Deed of Simon Gates Buying Land from Joseph Brown in Middlesex County, Massachusetts

This week's document for Amanuensis Monday is a 1764 deed of  Simon Gates buying land from Joseph and Grace Brown in Stow, Massachusetts in the Middlesex County, Massachusetts Land Records: 

[Volume 64, pages 82-83]

The transcription of this deed is:

[page 82 near top of left-hand page]

[in left margin]

Joseph Brown
Simon Gates

for £14 lawful
7 acres of land in Stow
[body of text]

Know all men by these Presets that I Joseph Brown of Stow in the County of Middlesex in his

Majesty's Province of the Massachusetts Bay in New England Husbandman For and in consideration of
the Sum of fourteen Pounds lawful Money paid to me by Simon Gates of Stow aforesaid in the County
and Province aforesaid Husbandman the Receipt whereof I do hereby acknowledge and do hereby ^give^ grant
and convey to the said Simon Gates his Heirs Executors Administrators forever by these Presents have given
granted bargained sold aliened conveyed and confirmed to him the said Simon Gates his Heirs and As-
signs forever a Tract of land lying and being in Stow aforesaid containing by Estimation Seven Acres
be the same more or less.  Bounded as followeth.  Beginning at a stake and stones in the Line of Amos
Gates Farm and runs Westerly thirty three Rods to a Heap of stones then running Northerly thirty six Rods
by said Amos Gates's Land to a Heap of stones near a Poplar Tree near a Pond then Easterly twenty three Rods
to a stake and stones in the Field now in Possession of Jabez Brown from thence southerly by a Strait
Line to the stake and stones first mentioned.  To have and to hold the same to the said Simon Gates his
Heirs and Assigns forever with all the Appurtenances Privileges and Commodities to the same belonging or
in any wise appertaining to the said Simon Gates his Heirs and Assigns for their only proper use and Bene-
fit forever.  And I the said Joseph Brown my Heirs and Assigns do covenant with the said Simon Gates
and his Heirs That I am lawfully seized of the same in Fee of the Premises, That they are free of all
Incumbrances That I have good Right to sell and convey the same to the said Simon Gates his Heirs and
Assigns forever, That he shall and may from Time to Time and at times forever hereafter by Force and Vir-
tue of these Presents occupy possess and enjoy the demised Premises to hold as aforesaid And that I will
covenant and defend the same to the said Simon Gates his Heirs and Assigns forever against the lawful
Claims and Demands of all ?????? ?? ????? ??????? ???? ??????? ??????? ???? Grace Brown the wife of the
said Joseph Brown doth by these Presents freely and willingly give yield up and Surrender all her
Right of Dowry and Power of Thirds unto the aforedescribed Premises unto the said Simon Gates his Heirs
and Assigns forever.  In witness whereunto We have hereunto set our Hands and Seals this twenty   eighth
day of March AD 1764 and in the fourth year of his Majesty's Reign George the Third by the Grace of God
of Great Britain, France and Ireland King Defender of Faith &c.  Joseph Brown and Seal Grace Brown
and Seal.  Signed sealed and delivered in Presence of Amos Gates William Powers. Middlesex ss
February 15^h 1765.  Then Joseph Brown and Grace Brown abovenamed both Personally appearing ac-
knowledged the above Instrument to be their voluntary Act and Deed Before Henry Gardner Just^e P???
Middlesex  ???? Feb^r 23 1765  Reced and enter'd By Fra. Foxcroft 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 19 January 2015), Middlesex County, "Deeds, 1764-1765, Vol. 63-64," Volume 64, Page 82, image 590 of 824, Deed of Joseph and Grace Brown to Simon Gates, 1764; citing records in land offices and county courthouses, statewide in Massachusetts.

This is the first deed found for Simon Gates of Stow, Massachusetts, son of Amos Gates.  The tract of land is next to land of his father.  

Simon Gates (1739-1803), who married Susanna Reed (1745-1833) in 1766, is my 5th great-grandfather.  I am descended from their son, Nathan Gates (1767-1830) who married Abigail knowlton (1774-1855) in 1790.


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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