Monday, September 16, 2019

Amanuensis Monday -- 1819 Quitclaim Deed of Susanna, Nathan, Simon, and Daniel Gates to Reuben Gates in Gardner, Massachusetts

This week's document for Amanuensis Monday is an 1819 deed of  Susanna, Nathan, Simon and Daniel Gates quitclaiming land to Reuben Gates in Gardner, Massachusetts in the Worcester County, Massachusetts Land Records: 

[Volume 217, pages 132-133]

The transcription of this deed is:

[page 132 at top of left-hand page]

[in left margin]

Gates Susanna
Reuben Gates

[body of text]

Know all men by these presents that we Susanna Gates Widow, Naqthan

Gates, Yeoman, Simon Gates, Yeoman, and Daniel Gates, Yeoman, all of
Gardner in the County of Worcester and Commonwealth of Massachusetts heirs
of Elizabeth Gates late of said Gardner Singlewomen deceased the Mortgage
in a deed of mortgage of a certain tract of land with the buildings thereon
containing forty one acres and forty rods lying in the Southeastwardly
part of said Gardner which deed of Mortgage was made by Reuben Gates
of said Gardner Yeoman to the said Elizabeth Gates on the sixteenth day
of July in the year of our Lord eighteen ^hundred^ and sixteen and recorded in the
Registry of deeds on the sixth day of May in the year of our Lord eighteen
hundred and seventeen do hereby acknowledge that we the said Susan-
na, Nathan, Simon and Daniel have received of the said Reuben the
Mortgager the sum of seven hundred forty two dollars and seventy two
cents being the whole sum due on said Mortgage and note of hand
therein refered to and we do hereby quitclaim the said Mortgaged
premises to the said Reuben Gates his heirs and assigns forever to be by
him and them held as his former estate in a full and ample a manner
as though the said Deed of Mortgage had never been given.  In witness
whereof we have hereunto set our hands and seals this twelfth day of
February in the year of our Lord eighteen hundred and nineteen.
Signed sealed and delivered                            Susanna Gates  {seal}
in presence of us                                              Nathan Gates  {seal}
Simeon Leland                  }                            Simon Gates   {seal)
Michael Gill                      }                            Daniel Gates   {seal}

Worcester ss February 12, 1819Susanna Gates, Nathan Gates, Simon Gates
and Daniel Gates came before me and acknowledged the above instrument
by them executed to be their free act and deed  Michael Gill Jus. Peace
Rec^d  Sept. 3, 1819  Ent^d & Exam^d    pr  B. 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, 1819-1820, Vol. 217-218," Volume 217, Pages 172, image 105 of 699, Quitclaim Deed of Mortgage of Susanna Gates, etc. to Reuben Gates, 1819; citing records in land offices and county courthouses, statewide, in Massachusetts.

In this deed, Reuben Gates, who had a mortgage deed for 41 acres of land in Gardner to Elizabeth Gates, deceased, received a quitclaim deed from Susanna, Nathan, Simon and Daniel Gates of Gardner.  Reuben, Elizabeth, Nathan, Simon and Daniel Gates were all children of Simon Gates (deceased in 1803) and Susanna (Reed) Gates, the widow of the elder Simon Gates.  Elizabeth apparent purchased this land, and Reuben took out a mortgage in 1816 to buy the property.  Elizabeth Gates died as a single woman, so the land and mortgage were her real estate.  Reuben Gates paid off the mortgage by this deed, so the heirs-at-law (Elizabeth's mother and living siblings) were the recipients of the funds. 

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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