Monday, January 13, 2020

Amanuensis Monday -- 1796 Deed of Simon Gates to Lucas Dunn in Worcester County, Massachusetts

This week's document for Amanuensis Monday is a 1796 deed of  Simon Gates, yeoman of Gardner, selling land in Gardner, Massachusetts to Lucas Dunn, yeoman of Gardner, in the Worcester County, Massachusetts Land Records: 

[Volume 127, page 469]

The transcription of this deed is:

[page 469 on right-hand page of image]
[in left margin]

Gates Simon to Lucas Dunn

[body of text, all handwritten texts]

To All People to whom these Presents shall come Greeting --

Know ye that Simon Gates of Gardner in the County of Worcester yeoman
for and in consideration of One hundred pounds to me in hand well and truly
paid by Lucas Dunn of Gardner in the County of Worcester & Commonwealth
of the Massachusetts yeoman the receipt whereof I am fully satisfied and paid and
whereas I the said Simon Gates on the thirty first Day of March in the year of
our Lord seventeen hundred and ninety four received a Deed of sale as a collateral
security for the payment of one hundred pounds which sum I have received in full
of said Lucas Dunn and I do by these presents Remitt release and forever
quit all claims or demands to the said premises butted and bounded as follows.
viz. lying and being in Gardner being lot Number 120 in the third Division
containing seventy six Acres with an Allowance of two Acres for highways
it bounds Easterly on lot N^o. 119 Southerly on lot N^o. 122 and 26 & part 27
West on land of Edward Jackson North on lot N^o. 95 & 96 and part on lots
N^o. 96 & 97 and portions of lots N^o. 94 & 97 second division as may more fully
appear by the Proprietors Records of the Town of Westminster reference
thereto being had the above said collateral security being Recorded in the
Record of Deeds for the County of Worcester Lib. 122 Page 506 and by these pre-
sents I do remitt release and forever quit all claims or demands against the
above premises and debar myself and Heirs from all challenges against said
premises for having received in full satisfaction for one hundred pounds for which
I rec^d the conveyance of the above premises and said premises are now in fee
to the said Dunn and to his Heirs and Assigns forever.  In Witness whereof I have
hereunto set my hand and seal this fourteenth Day of April in the year of our
Lord Seventeen hundred & Ninety [six]                                   Simon Gates {LS}
Signed sealed & delivered }         Worcester ss  Westminster April y^e 14^th 1796 perso-
in presence of us                }         nally appeared Simon Gates the above Grantor and
Abner Holden                  }         acknowledged the above instrument to be his free Act and
Josiah Puffer                    }         Deed Before me   Abner Holden  Justice Peace
Rec^d April 20^th 1796 Entered & Examined  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, 1796-1797, Vol. 126-127," Volume 127, Page 469, image 590 of 704, Deed of Simon Gates to Lucas Dunn, executed 14 April 1796, recorded 20 April 1796; citing records in land offices and county courthouses, statewide in Massachusetts.

This deed is for a tract of 76 acres of land in Westminster, Massachusetts being Lot 120 of the Third Division of Westminster. Simon Gates paid 100 pounds for this lot in 1794, which was collateral security provided that Lucas Dunn paid the 100 pounds within two years.   In this deed, Simon Gates quit claims this tract back to Lucas Dunn, which indicates that Dunn had paid the debt to Simon Gates.

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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