Monday, September 13, 2021

Amanuensis Monday -- 1802 Deed of Amos and Abigail Baker Selling Land in Medfield, Massachusetts to Aaron Smith

 This week's document for transcription is the 1802 land deed record for Aaron Smith, yeoman of Medfield, buying meadow land in Medfield, Massachusetts from Amos and Abigail Baker of Medfield, for $12: 

[Norfolk County, Mass. Deeds - Volume 23, Page 128]:

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

Know all men by these presents
That I Amos Baker & wife Abigail Baker both of Medfield in the County
of Norfolk and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts ......
in consideration of  Twelve Dollars ....
paid by  Aaron Smith of Medfield in the County of Norfolk and Common-
wealth of Massachusetts aforesaid Yeoman ...
the Receipt whereof  we  do hereby acknowledge, do hereby give, grant, sell and convey unto the said
Aaron Smith and to his heirs and assigns forever a tract of Meadow
lying in the south part of Medfield known by the name of Morse mead-
ow containing by estimation one acre and half be the same more or less
bounded Southerly on meadow of Aaron Smith westerly on the mill brook
Northerly on meadow of Walter Bradford & Sarah Bradford and easter-
ly on meadow of Elias Mann to the first mentioned bounds ....

To have and to hold the afore-granted Premises to the said  Aaron Smith 
and to his Heirs and Assigns, to there Use and Behoof forever.
And we do covenant with the said Aaron Smith and with
his Heirs and Assigns, That we lawfully seized in Fee of the afore-granted Premises; That
they are free of all incumbrances; that we have good Right to sell and convey the same to the
said Aaron Smith and his heirs and assigns.
And that we will warrant and defend the same Premises to the said Aaron Smith 
and to his Heirs and Assigns forever, against the lawful Claims and Demands of all Persons.

In Witness whereof we the said Amos Baker and Abigail Baker
have hereunto set our hands and Seals this twenty eighth Day
of Feb'r in the year of our Lord One thousand eight hundred and two.

Signed, sealed, and delivered 
in Presence of us
Ebenezer Clark Jun'r        }           Amos Baker  {seal}
Elijah Adams                     }            Abigail Baker  {seal}

Norfolk ss. March 25, 1805. Then the above-named Amos  |
Baker & Abigail Baker acknowledged to be their free         |     September 25, 1806. Received
Act and Deed before me,                                                      |     entered and examined
                                     Elijah Adams {Just. of Peace}         |        By Eliph. Pond Rg'r.

The source citation for this land record is:

"Massachusetts, Land Records, 1620-1986," digital images, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, FamilySearch ( : accessed 5 September 2021), Norfolk County, "Deeds 1804-1806, vol. 22-24," Volume 23, Page 128 (image 412 of 837), deed of Amos Baker and Abigail Baker to Aaron Smith, executed 28 February 1802, recorded 25 September 1806; citing original records in County Courthouses, and on FHL Microfilms.

This deed is for a 1.5 acre parcel of meadow land in south Medfield in Norfolk County, Massachusetts with boundaries, one of which is the mill brook  It bounds on meadow land of Aaron Smith, Walter and Sarah Bradford, and Elias 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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