Monday, October 21, 2019

Amanuensis Monday -- 1775 Deed of Simon Gates Selling Land to Josiah Kendall Jr. in Worcester County, Massachusetts

This week's document for Amanuensis Monday is a 1775 deed of  Simon Gates selling land to Josiah Kendall Jr. in Westminster, Massachusetts in the Worcester County, Massachusetts Land Records: 

[Volume 73, pages 352- 353]

[Volume 73, pages 354- 355]

The transcription of this deed is:

[page 353 at bottom of right-hand page]
[in left margin]



[body of text]

To all People to whom these Presents Come Greeting Know ye that I Simon

Gates of Westminster in the Province of the Massachusetts Bay and in the County
of Worcester yeoman for and in Consideration of the sum of thirty two Pounds lawfull money to me in Hand before the Ensealing hereof well and truly paid by
Josiah Kendall Jun^r of Lancaster and in the Province and County aforesaid
yeoman the Receipt whereof I do hereby acknowledge and my self thereof
fully satisfyed acquit and discharge him the said Josiah Kendall his Execut-
tors and administrators for by these Presents have given granted bargained
sold aliened conveyed & confirmed and by these Presents do freely fully and
absolutely give grant bargain sell aliene convey and confirm unto him the

[page 354]

said Josiah Kendall his Heirs and assigns forever a certain Tract or
Parcel of Land Situate in Westminster in said County Forty five
acres of the West Side of the Lott Number 27 the second Division
belonging to the original Lott 103 to be taken off the West side of s^d
Lott with a Parrellel Line of said Lott as it appears by the Proprietors
Book of Records.  To Have and to Hold the said granted and bargained
Premises with all the Appurtenances Priviledges & Comodities
to the same belonging or in any wise appertaining to him the
said Josiah Kendall 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 y^e same and
have in good Right full Power and lawfull authority to grant
and bargain sell convey and confirm unto him the said Josiah
Kendall his Heirs and assigns forever.  Furthermore, I the said
Simon Gates for my self my Heirs Executors and administrators
do Covenant and engage the above demised Premises to him the said
Josiah Kendall his Heirs & 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 sett my Hand and seal this Eleventh Day of April
in the fourteenth year of his majestys Reign Anno Domini 1775,
Simon Gates {seal} Signed Sealed and delivered in Presence of us
Samuel Willard  Abijah Willard.  Worcester ss April y^e 11^h 1775.
Simon Gates personally appeared before me and acknowledged
this Instrument to be his free act & Deed.
                                                             Abijah Willard Just^o Peace
Oct^r 27^th 1775  Rec^d and accordingly Entred ^ Ex^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, Pages 353-354, images 194-195 of 599, Deed of
Simon Gates to Josiah Kendall Jr., executed 11 April 1775, recorded 27 October 1775; citing records in land offices and county courthouses, statewide in Massachusetts.

This is the second recorded deed found for Simon Gates of Westminster, Massachusetts, and it is for the west 45 acres of Lot 27 of the second division in Westminster.  Simon Gates bought 60 acres in this Lot for 30 pounds on the same day in another deed and in this deed sells the west 45 acres to Josiah Kendall for 32 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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