Monday, August 30, 2021

Amanuensis Monday -- 1796 Deed of Eleazer Perry Selling Land in Medfield, Massachusetts to Aaron Smith

This week's document for transcription is the 1796 land deed record for Aaron Smith, cordwainer of Walpole, buying land in Medfield, Massachusetts from Eleazer Perry, yeomen of Medfield, Massachusetts for $733.33: 

[Norfolk County, Mass. Deeds - Volume 4, Page 232]:

The transcription of this deed is (starting at the top of the right-hand page of the image):

Know all Men by these Presents, that I Eleazer
of Medfield in the County of Norfolk in the Commonwealth
of the Massachusetts, Yeoman, in consideration of seven hun-
dred & thirty three dollars & thirty three cents
paid by Aaron
Smith of Walpole in the County aforesaid Cordwainer, the
receipt whereof I do hereby acknowledge, do hereby give, grant,
sell & convey unto the said Aaron Smith his heirs and assigns
forever, a certain Tenement lying & being situated in the s'd
town of Medfield
aforesaid, with a dwelling house barns
& Corn barn standing thereon, the above s'd Tenement
containing twenty acres be the same more or ^be it^ less, bounded
as follows: Westerly on Land of David Clark Easterly on
South Plain brook (so called) Northerly on Land of the
heirs of Seth Smith in part and Land of Col. Jabin
Mann in part, Southerly on a Highway leading to
Wrentham. To have and to hold the fore granted
premises to the said Aaron Smith his heirs & assigns, to
their only use and behoof forever. And I do covenant with
the said Aaron Smith his heirs & assigns, that I am law-
fully seized in fee of the aforegranted premises, that they
are free of all incumbrances; that I have good right to sell
and convey the same to the s'd Aaron Smith as aforesaid
And that I will warrant and defend the same premises
to the said Aaron Smith his heirs & assigns, forever, against
the lawful Claims and Demands of all Persons.
In witness whereof, we the said Eleazer Perry &
Esther Perry his wife, doth by these presents freely & willing-
ly give up all her right of Dowry and power of thirds in the
above demised premises have hereunto set our hands and
seals this fourth day of January in the year of our
Lord one thousand seven hundred & ninety six.
Perry {seal} Esther Perry {seal}. Signed, sealed, and delivered
in presence of us, Eleaz'r Wheelock, Moses Smith jun'r.

Norfolk ss. January 5'th 1796. Then the above named
Eleazer Perry & Esther Perry appeared & acknowledged the
above Instrument to be their free act & Deed. Before me,
                                   Elijah Adams, Justice of the Peace.

February 23'd 1796 Received entered & examined
By Elijah Pond 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 29 August 2021), Norfolk County, "Deeds 1793-175, vol. 4-6," Volume 4, Page 232 (image 258 of 853), deed of Eleazer Perry to Aaron Smith, executed 4 January 1796, recorded 23 February 1796; citing original records in County Courthouses, and on FHL Microfilms.

This deed is for a 20 acre parcel of land in the southern part of Medfield, Norfolk county, Massachusetts with boundaries, one of which is a brook and another is a town road.  It bounds on land of David Clark, heirs of Seth Smith, and Jabin Mann.

Aaron Smith (1765-1841) was the son of Moses and Patience (Hamant) Smith of Walpole.  He married Mercy Plimpton (1772-1850) in 1795 in Medfield, and they had eight children.  Aaron and Mercy (Plimpton) Smith are my 4th great-grandparents through their son Alpheus Smith (1802-1840). 


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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