Monday, December 16, 2019

Amanuensis Monday -- 1791 Deed of Simon Gates to Isaiah Gates in Worcester County, Massachusetts

This week's document for Amanuensis Monday is a 1791 deed of  Simon Gates selling land in Gardner, Massachusetts to Isaiah Gates of Stow in the Worcester County, Massachusetts Land Records: 

[Volume 111, page 593]

The transcription of this deed is:

[page 593 on right-hand page of image]
[in top margin]

Gates Simon to Isaiah Gates

[body of text, handwritten text in italics]

To all People to whom these Pres-

ents shall come -- Greeting.  Know ye, That Simon Gates of Gardner in the 

County of Worcester and Commonwealth of Massachusetts 
Yeoman -- 
For and in consideration of the Sum of   thirty two pounds
                 to me in Hand before the Ensealing hereof, well and truly paid by  Isaiah Gates of Stow

in the County of Middlesex & Commonwealth abovesaid
Yeoman --
the Receipt whereof I do hereby acknowledge and my self therewith fully satisfied and contented; and thereof
and of every Part and Parcel thereof, do exonerate, acquit, and discharge him the said Isaiah Gates & his

                                                 Heirs, Executors, and Administrators, forever by
their Presents: Have Given, Granted, Bargained, Sold, Aliened, Conveyed, and Confirmed; and by these Presents, Do, freely
fully, and absolutely, Give, Grant, Bargain, Sell, alien, Convey, and Confirm, unto him the said Isaiah Gates & his
                                                         Heirs and Assigns forever, a certain messuage
or tract of upland, situate lying & being in the Town of Gardner
and in a division lot Number ninety three, and in this lot formerly

owned by Jacob Hailes of Stow, and is the one half of said lot, and
is bounded as follows, beginning at the Northwest corner, running
East eighteen deg^s North sixty two rods on the Townlines, then 
South eighteen degrees East bounding on Oliver Gates land about
eighty rods being about one half the length of said line to a heap
of stones, then turns [at] a right angle & runs across ^the lot^ bounding
on Rufass Draper's land to Josiah Connants land about sixty
two rods to a heap of stones, from thence bounding on s^d Connants
land to where it first began - within said bounds there is about
thirty one acres of land, more or less, one acre reserved within
said bounds for a road if need be.

To Have and to Hold the said granted and bargained Premises, with all the Appurtenances, Privileges, and Commodities, to
the same belonging, or in any wise appertaining to him the said  Isaac Gates & his
                                                                     Heirs and Assigns forever.  To his and their
only proper Use, Benefit and Behoof forever.  And I the said Simon Gates
                                                                    for myself & my Heirs, Executors,
and Administrators, do Covenant, Promise, and Grant, to and with the said Isaiah Gates & his
                                                         Heirs and Assigns, that before the Ensealing hereof, I am the
true, sole, and lawful Owner of the above bargained Premises, and am lawfully seized and possessed of the same, in my own
proper Right, as a good, perfect, and absolute Estate of Inheritance in Fee Simple:  And have in my self good Right,
full Power, and lawful Authority, to Grant, Bargain, Sell, Convey, and Confirm, said bargained Premises, in Manner as aforesaid:
And that  the said Isaiah Gates & his                 

Heirs, and Assigns, shall and may, from Time to Time, and at all Times forever hereafter, by Force and Virtue of these Presents, 
lawfully, peaceably, and quietly, Have, Hold, Use, Occupy, Possess, and Enjoy, the said demised and bargained Premises, with 
the Appurtenances, free and clear, and freely and clearly, acquitted, exonerated, and discharged of, from all and all Manner of 
former or other Gifts, Grants, Bargains, Sales, Leases, Mortgages, Wills, Entails, Jointures, Dowries, Judgments, Executions, 
or Incumbrances, of what Name or Nature forever, that might in any Measure or Degree obstruct or make Void this present Deed.

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  Isaiah Gates & his --
Heirs and Assigns, against the lawful Claims or Demands of any Person or Persons whatsoever, forever hereafter to Warrant, Se-

cure and Defend by these Presents.  In witness whereof I  have hereunto set my
hand and seal this tenth day June in the year of our

Lord seventeen hundred ninety one.
Signed Sealed & Delivered  }                                              Simon Gates  {seal}
in presents of us                    }                                             Susanna Gates  {seal}
Abner Holden              }    Worcester ss Westminster June y^e 10^th 1791 per-
David Reed                   }    sonally appeared Simon Gates the Grantor and
                                          acknowledged this Instrument to be his free act &
                                          Deed, before me -- Abner Holden Justice peace.
Rec^d August 1^st 1791 Entered & Exam^d pr Dan^l Clap 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, 1790-1791, Vol. 1110-111," Volume 111, Page 593, image 689 of 707, Deed of Simon Gates to Isaiah Gates, executed 10 June 1791, recorded 1 August 1791; citing records in land offices and county courthouses, statewide in Massachusetts.

This deed is for a tract of 31 acres of land in Gardner, Massachusetts. Isaiah Gates paid 32 pounds for this tract.  This tract is part of the 62 acre tract of land in Lot 93 that Simon Gates acquired from Cyrus Fairbank in 1790 for 36 pounds.

It is possible that Isaiah Gates is actually Isaac Gates (1746-1831), a younger brother of Simon Gates, and both were sons of Amos and Mary (Hubbard) Gates of Stow, Middlesex County, Massachusetts.  Oliver Gates (1733-1813) is also a son of Amos Gates and a brother to Simon and Isaac, and he is mentioned as a neighbor in this deed.

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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