Monday, August 23, 2021

Amanuensis Monday -- 1825 Deed of Benjamin Seaver Buying Land in Westminster, Massachusetts from Gilman and Moses Thurston

  This week's document for transcription is the 1825 land deed record for Benjamin Seaver, yeoman of Westminster, buying land in Westminster, Massachusetts from Gilman and Moses Thurston, yeomen of Westminster, Massachusetts for $300: 

[Worcester County, Mass. Deeds - Volume 246, Pages 42-43]:

[Worcester County, Mass. Deeds - Volume 246, Pages 44-45]:

The transcription of this deed is (starting near the middle of page 43 (right-hand page of first image):

Know all Men by these presents, that we Gilman Thurston of 
Westminster in the County of Worcester and Commonwealth of
Massachusetts Yeoman and Moses Thurston of Cambridge in the
County of Franklin and State of Vermont Yeoman in
consideration of three hundred dollars paid us by Benja-
min Seaver of said Westminster Yeoman the Receipt
whereof we do hereby acknowledge, do hereby grant, sell, and
quit-claim unto the said Seaver his Heirs and assigns, all
our right, title, claim and demand, in and unto a certain
tract of land lying in the northerly part of the said Town of
Westminster being a part of the farm lately owned by Lieut. Ben-
jamin Bigelow and is bounded as follows, beginning at a stake
and stones bounded on land of the late Benjamin Seaver deceased
and the County road leading from Westminster to Ashburnham,
thence angling on said road, till it strikes land now occupied by
Asa W. Rand, thence on said Rand's land and lands occupied by
Jonas W. Whitney, thence Southerly on land of Nathan Meriam,
thence west forty degrees South on lands formerly belonging
to Benjamin Seaver deceased seventy two rods, thence North
fifteen degrees West twelve rods, thence West forty degrees South
forty two rods to the first mentioned bounds, containing fifteen acres
and twenty two rods be the same more or less, it being a part of the
land we bought of Farwell Jones by his deed dated March 16
AD 1803, Record in Book 154 Page 614, Reference to said Deed.
To have and to hold the same to the said Benjamin Seaver his

[Volume 246, Page 44, left-hand page of second image]

Heirs and Assigns to his and their use and behoof forever, and
we do covenant to warrant and defend said granted and quit-claim-
ed premises to the said Benjamin Seaver his Heirs and Assigns for-
ever against the lawful claims and demands of all Persons, claim-
ed by us or under us or either of us.  In witness whereof, we the said
Gilman and Azubah wife of the said Gilman in token of
relinquishing her right of Dower in the premises and Moses afore-
said have hereunto set our hands and seals this first day of Febru-
ary in the year of our Lord One thousand eight hundred and
twenty five.                                    Gilman Thurston  {seal]
Signed, Sealed, & delivered }       Moses Thurston   {seal}
in presence of us                   }      Azubah Thurston   {seal}
Simeon Sanderson    }    Worcester ss Feby 1'st 1825  Then the above-
Joseph Whitney        }    named Gilman Thurston & Moses Thurs-
ton acknowledged the above Instrument to be their free act and
Deed - before me                           Edward Kendall   Just. of Peace
Rec'd  July 5'th 1825  Entd & exd. By   Art's Ward  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 15 August 2021), Worcester County, "Deeds 1825-1826, vol. 246-247," Volume 246, Pages 43-44 (images 41-42 of 720), deed of Gilman Thurston and Moses Thurston to Benjamin Seaver, executed 1February 1825, recorded 5 July 1825; citing original records in County Courthouses, and on FHL Microfilms.

This deed is for a 15 acre parcel of land in the northern part of Westminster, Massachusetts with irregular boundaries, one of which is a town road.  It bounds on other land of Benjamin Seaver.  

Benjamin Seaver (1791-1825) of Westminster married Abigail Gates (1797-1867) in 1817, the daughter of Nathan and Abigail (Knowlton) Gates of Gardner.  They had four children.  Benjamin Seaver died on 25 May 1825 in Westmonster, three months after buying this land.  

 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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