Monday, July 5, 2021

Amanuensis Monday -- 1802 Deed of Farwell Jones Selling 35 Acres of Land in Westminster to Benjamin Seaver

This week's document for transcription is the 1802 land deed record for Farwell Jones, trader of Westminster, Massachusetts, selling 35 acres of land in Westminster, Massachusetts for $700 to Benjamin Seaver, yeoman of Westminster: 

[Worcester County, Mass. Deeds - Volume 154, Page 626]:

The transcription of this deed is (starting on lower portion of page 626]:

Know all men by these presents that I Farwell
Jones of Westminster in the County of Worcester & Commonwealth
of Massachusetts, Trader, in consideration of seven hundred
Dollars paid me by Benjamin Seaver of Westminster in said
County aforesaid, Yeoman, the receipt whereof I do hereby acknowl-
edge, do hereby give, grant, sell and convey unto the said Benja-
min Seaver, to his heirs and assigns a certain tract of land
lying in said Westminster being part of lots number forty one
and forty two and bounded as follows, beginning at the South
east corner at a heap of stones bounded on Benjamin Howard,
then West thirty nine and one fourth degrees South one
hundred and thirty seven rods to the County road, bounded on
the same thence angling on said road fifty eight rods bounded
on the same, thence East forty degrees North forty two rods
to a stake and stones, thence South fifteen degrees East, twelve
rods to a heap of stones, thence East forty degrees North seventy
two rods to a heap of stones thence South forty one degrees
East forty rods to the first mentioned corner, within said
bounds is contained thirty five acres.
To have and to hold the same to the said Benjamin
Seaver to his heirs and assigns, to his and their use & behoof
forever. And I do covenant with the said Benjamin Seaver
his heirs and assigns that I am lawfully seized in fee of the
premises that they are free of all incumbrances and that I
will warrant and defend the same to the said Benjamin
Seaver to his heirs and assigns forever. In witness whereof I
the said Farwell Jones and Thankful his wife as quitting
her right of dowry in the above premises have hereunto set
their hands and seals this eleventh day of January in the
of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and two.
Signed sealed & delivered Farwell Jones {seal}
in presence of us Thankful Jones {seal}
Jarvis Pierce
Ezekiel K. Bigelow
Suffolk ss. June 7th 1804 Then Farwell Jones above named,
acknowledged this instrument to be his free act and deed, before me
W'm Donnison Jus. Paces
Rec'd June 8, 1804 at 38'm past 12 O'Clock at noon Ent'd & Exam'd pr Dan'l Clap Reg'r.

The source citations for this land record is:

"Massachusetts, Land Records, 1620-1986," digital images, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, FamilySearch ( : accessed 4 July 2021), Worcester County, "Deeds 1803-1804, vol. 154-155," Volume 154, Pages 626-627 (image 336 of 686), deed of Farwell Jones to Benjamin Seaver, executed 11 January 1802, recorded 8 June 1804; citing original records in County Courthouses, and on FHL Microfilms.

This deed is for a 35 acre parcel of land in Westminster, which was part of lots 41 and 42 in Westminster.  Benjamin Seaver paid $700 for the land.

Benjamin Seaver (1757-1816) of Westminster, Massachusetts married  Martha (Whitney) Seaver (1764-1832) in 1783, and they had ten children between 1784 and 1812.  

Benjamin Seaver (1757-1816) and Martha Whitney (1764-1832) are my 4th great-grandparents, and Benjamin Seaver (1791-1825) and Abigail Gates (1797-1867) are my 3rd great-grandparents through their son Isaac Seaver (1823-1901).  


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."

Read other transcriptions for my ancestors in Amanuensis Monday Posts.

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