Monday, July 26, 2021

Amanuensis Monday -- 1814 Deed of Luke Church Selling 49 Acres of Land in Hubbardston, Massachusetts to Benjamin Seaver

  This week's document for transcription is the 1814 land deed record for Luke Church, yeoman of Hubbardston, Massachusetts, selling 49 acres of land in Hubbardston, Massachusetts for $246 to Benjamin Seaver, yeoman of Westminster: 

[Worcester County, Mass. Deeds - Volume 203, Pages 363-364]:

The transcription of this deed is (starting near the middle of page 363 (right-hand page of image)]:

[Volume 203, page 363]

Know all Men by these presents that I Luke Church of Hubbards-
ton in the County of Worcester Yeoman - In consideration of two hun-
dred & forty six dollars paid by me by Benjamin Seaver of Westminster in
said County yeoman - the receipt whereof I do hereby acknowledge do here-
by give grant sell and convey unto the said Benjamin Seaver his heirs and
assigns - A certain tract or parcel of land situate in said Hubbardston
being part of Great Farm N'o. 7, beginning at the Northerly corner on
Templeton line and running North 56° East eight three rods to a stake
and stones by land owned by one Abijah Hinds thence south thirty
eight and a half degrees East ninety eight rods on land owned by said
Hinds to a stake and stones thence South 59° West eighty six rods to a
stake and stones by land owned by one Joel Pollard thence North 40° 
West to the first mentioned bounds containing by estimation forty nine
Acres & one fourth of an Acre be the same more or less.

To have and to hold the same with the privileges and appur-
tenances thereto belonging to said Benjamin Seaver his heirs and
assigns to his and their use and 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 incum-
brances and that I will warrant and defend the same to the said
Benjamin Seaver his heirs and assigns forever against the lawful
claims & demands of all persons.  In witness whereof I the said Luke
Church have hereunto set my hand and seal this third day of Decem-
ber in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred & fourteen.
Signed sealed and delivered in presence of us         Luke Church  {seal}
Samuel Swan     }
Israel Davis       }    Worcester ss  Dec'r 3'd 1814    Luke Church
named acknowledged this Deed to be his free act - before me
                                                                         Samuel Swan  Jus. Pacis
Rec'd May 10, 1817 Ent'd & Exam'd pr O. Fiske 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 1816-1817, vol. 202-203," Volume 203, Pages 363-364 (images 546-547 of 705), deed of Luke Church to Benjamin Seaver, executed 3 December 1814, recorded 10 May 1817; citing original records in County Courthouses, and on FHL Microfilms.

This deed is for a 49 acre parcel of land in Hubbardston, which was part of Great Farm #7 in Hubbardston, bordering on Templeton line.  Benjamin Seaver paid $246 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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