Monday, September 9, 2019

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

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

[Volume 213, pages 56-57]

The transcription of this deed is:

[page 56 near middle of left-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 said County of Worcester and Commonwealth 
Yeoman. In consideration of nine hundred dollars paid me by John 
Miles of said Gardner yeoman the receipt whereof I do hereby ack-
nowledge do hereby give grant sell and convey unto the said 
John Miles his heirs and assigns a certain parcel 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 be the same more or less with the buildings thereon stand-
ing and is bounded Southerdly on said county road Southeasterly
on the land that is called the Chappel farm northeasterly on three
fourth division lots northwesterly on lands now owned by James
Comee being the same land which was deeded to me by John
Peirce reference to be had to said deed for a more particular
description of the boundaries.  To have and to hold 

[page 57]

the aforegranted premises to the said Miles his heirs and assigns to his & their 

use and behoof forever and I do for myself my heirs Executors and Adminis-
trators covenant with the said Miles his heirs and assigns that I am law-
fully seized in fee of the aforegranted premises that they are free of all in-
cumbrances that I have good right to sell and convey the same to the said
Miles and that I will warrant and defend the same premises to the said
Miles his heirs and assigns forever against the lawful claims and dem-
ands of all persons.  In witness whereof I the said Nathan and Abigail 
Gates wife of the said Nathan in token of her relinquishment of her right 
of dower in and to the premises have hereunto set our hands and seals 
this fourteenth day of November in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred 
& eighteen.                                                                                    Nathan Gates   {seal}
Signed sealed and delivered by s^d  Nathan Gates in presence of      
Alex^r Dustin                                                                               
Abigail Gates   {seal}
 Signed & Sealed by s^d Abigail }    Worcester ss Nov^r 14^th 1818  then the above named
Gates in presence of                     }     Nathan Gates acknowledged the above instrument to be his
Susanna Ray                                }     free act & Deed 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 56-57, image 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 his home lot of 40 acres of land  in Gardner to John Miles, yeoman of Gardner, for 100 dollars.  This deed follows the quitclaim deed of Nathan Gates to John Miles for an adjacent 9 acre parcel of land in Gardner on the same date These two parcels of land have been "bought" and "sold" several times from and to John Miles over the years as Nathan Gates borrowed money from John Miles.  With this transaction, Nathan Gates has now sold most of his Gardner land to John 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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