Monday, October 14, 2019

Amanuensis Monday -- 1775 Deed of Simon Gates Buying Land from David Wilder in Worcester County, Massachusetts

This week's document for Amanuensis Monday is a 1775 deed of  Simon Gates buying land from David Wilder in Westminster, Massachusetts in the Worcester County, Massachusetts Land Records: 

[Volume 73, page 353]

The transcription of this deed is:

[page 353 at top of right-hand page]

[in left margin]


[body of text]

To all People to whom these Presents come Greeting. Know ye that I David
Wilder of Lancaster in the Province of the Massachusetts Bay in new England
and in the County of Worcester Gentleman for and in consideration of the sum of Thirty
Pounds lawfull money to me in Hand before the Ensealing hereof well and truly
paid Simon Gates Yeoman of Westminster in the County aforesaid the Receipt
whereof I do hereby acknowledge and my self therewith fully satisfyed and
contented and thereof and every part and parcel thereof do Exonerate acquit
and discharge him the said Simon Gates his Heirs Executors and adm^rs
forever by these Presents have given granted bargained sold aliened conveyed
and confirmed by these presents do freely fully and absolutely give grant
bargain sell aliene convey and confirm unto him the said Simon Gates his
Heirs and assigns forever Sixty acres of Land scituate in the Town of Westminster
in said County and is the Lott number 27 of the second Division belonging to y^e
originall Lott Number one hundred & three saving two acres allowed in said
Lott for a Private or a highway and otherways as it is sett forth in the Proprie-
tors Book of Records.  To Have and to Hold the said granted & bargained
Premises with all the appurtenances Priviledges and Commodities be the same
belonging or in any wise appertaining to him the said Simon Gates his heirs
and assigns that before the Ensealing hereof I am the true sole and lawfull
owner of the above bargained Premises and am lawfully seized and possessed
of the same and have in good Right full Power & lawfull Authority to grant
bargain sell convey and confirm unto him the said Simon Gates his Heirs
and assigns forever.  Furthermore I the said David Wilder for myself my
heirs Executors and administrators do Covenant & Engage the above demised
Premises to him the said Simon Gates his Heirs and assigns against the
Lawfull Claims or Demands of any Person or Persons whatsoever forever
hereafter to Warrant secure and defend by these Presents.  In Witness whereof I
have hereunto set my Hand and Seal this Eleventh Day of April in the four-
teenth year of his Majesty's Reign Anno Domini 1775.  David Wilder  {seal}
Signed sealed and delivered in Presence of us Josiah Kendall Jun^r Abijah Willard
Worcester ss April y^e 11^th 1775.  David Wilder personally appeared before me and
acknowledged this Instrument to be his free Act & Deed.
                                                                          Abijah Willard Just ^o^ Pac^m.
Oct. 27 1775  Rec^d & accordingly Entered & Exam^d  pr. Tim^o Paine 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, 1774-1776, Vol. 73-74," Volume 73, Page 353, image 194 of 599, Deed of David Wilder 

 to Simon Gates, executed 11 April 1775, recorded 27 October 1775; citing records in land offices and county courthouses, statewide in Massachusetts.

This is the first recorded deed found for Simon Gates of Westminster, Massachusetts, and it is for Lot 27 of the second division in Westminster.  No metes and bounds are noted for this tract of 60 acres which Simon Gates purchased for 30 pounds.  Note that this deed was executed one week before the Revolutionary War started at Lexington and Concord.

Simon Gates (1739-1803), son of Amos and Mary (Hubbard) Gates, 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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