Monday, September 2, 2019

Amanuensis Monday -- 1818 Deed of Nathan Gates to John Miles in Gardner, Massachusetts

This week's document for Amanuensis Monday is the 1818 deed of  Nathan Gates selling land to John Miles in Gardner, Massachusetts in the Worcester County, Massachusetts Land Records: 

[Volume 213, pages 54-55]

[Volume 213, pages 56-57]

The transcription of this deed is:

[page 55 near bottom 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 Yeoman. In
consideration of one hundred dollars paid me by John Miles of said
Gardner yeoman _ The receipt whereof I do hereby acknowledge do here-
by grant sell and quitclaim unto the said John Miles his heirs and assigns
all my right title claim and demand in and unto a certain piece of
land situated in the Southeasterly part of said Gardner contain about
nine acres and bounded as follows to wit Northerly on land of Elijah
& Jonathan Hager Easterly on land of John Jackson Southeasterly on
land of said Jackson as the river run until it comes to land of ^Wid^ Susannah
Gates Southerly on said Susanna Gates land and land on which W^m
Chappell now lives Southwesterly on the farm on which I now live North-

[page 56]

westerly & Westerly by land of Josiah Wheeler to the bound first men-
tioned.  To have and to hold the same to the said Miles his heirs
and assigns to his and their use and behoof forever and I do covenant
to warrant and defend the said granted and quitclaimed premises
to the said Miles his heirs and assigns forever against the lawful
claims and demands of all persons claimed by or under me.
In witness whereof I the said Nathan Gates and Abigail Gates wife of
the said Nathan in token of her relinquishing her right of dower in
and to the premises have hereunto set our hands and seals this four-
teenth day of November in the year of our Lord one thousand eight
hundred and eighteen.                                      Nathan Gates   {seal}
Signed sealed and delivered by s^d                 Abigail Gates   {seal}
Nathan Gates in presence of                            Worcester ss November 14^th 1818 Nathan
Alex^r Dustin                                       }         Gates above named acknowledged this
Signed & sealed by s^d Abigail Gates }          instrument to be his free act and deed
in presence of Susanna Ray                 }          before me Alex^r Dustin Just of Peace
Rec^d Nov^r 18, 1818  Ent^d & Exam^d  pr G. Fiske 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, 1818-1819, Vol. 213-214," Volume 213, Pages 55-56, images 34-35 of 726, Deed of Nathan Gates to John Miles, executed 14 November 1818, recorded 18 November 1818; citing records in land offices and county courthouses, statewide, Massachusetts.

In this deed, Nathan Gates, yeoman of Gardner, sold and quitclaimed a 9 acre tract of land  in Gardner to John Miles, yeoman of Gardner, for 100 dollars.  Another deed follows this one selling the other 40 acre parcel of land in Gardner to John Miles.  These two parcels of land have been "bought" and "sold" several times from and to John Miles over the years as Nathan borrowed money from Miles.

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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