Monday, September 20, 2021

Amanuensis Monday -- 1807 Deed of William and Mary Peters Selling Land in Medfield, Massachusetts to Aaron Smith

 This week's document for transcription is the 1807 land deed record for Aaron Smith, cordwainer of Medfield, buying wood land in Medfield, Massachusetts from William and Mary Peters of Medfield, for $132: 

[Norfolk County, Mass. Deeds - Volume 49, Page 270]:

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 William Peters of Medfield in the County of Nor-
folk and Commonwealth of Massachusetts Gentleman
in consideration of One Hundred and thirty ^two^ Dollars
paid by Aaron Smith of Medfield County and Commonwealth
aforesaid Cordwainer
the Receipt whereof I do hereby acknowledge, do hereby give, grant, sell and convey unto the
said Aaron Smith and to his Heirs and Assigns forever, the fol-
lowing piece or parcel of wood land in said Medfield situa-
ted on the westerly side of noon hill socalled containing four
acres and bounded northerly on land of Gregory Townsend
easterly and westerly on land of Elisha Taylor and southerly on
land of said William Peters together with all the privileg-
es to the same belonging or appertaining.

To Have and to Hold the afore-granted Premises to the said
Aaron Smith his Heirs and Assigns, to his & their
Use and Behoof forever.

And I do covenant with the said Aaron Smith
his Heirs and Assigns, That I am lawfully seized in Fee of the afore-granted
Premises; That they are free of all Incumbrances; That I have good Right to sell and convey
the same to the said Aaron Smith
And that I will warrant and defend the same Premises to the said Aaron Smith
his Heirs and Assigns forever, against the lawful Claims and Demands of all Persons.

In Witness Whereof, We the said William Peters and Mary
Peters wife to the said William in signification of her relinquishment of
her right of Dower in the above granted premises to him the said Aaron Smith
& to his Heirs & Assigns have hereunto set our Hands and Seals this thirtieth Day
of January in the Year of our Lord One thousand eight hundred and Seven.

Signed, sealed and delivered
in Presence of us,  
Obed Ellis                   }                     William Peters  {seal}
Alexander Peters        }                      Mary Peters     {seal}

Norfolk ss.  Medfield April 13 1807.  Then                    |
the above named William Peters personally ap-             |
peared and                                                                       |
acknowledged the abo Instrument to ne his free act and |    February 17'th 1815. Receiver, entered
Deed -- before me                                                           |     and examined by
            John Baxter    Justice of the Peace.                    |                             James Foord Register.

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 1814-1816, vol. 49-50," Volume 49, Page 270 (image 280 of 591), deed of William Peters and Mary Peters to Aaron Smith, executed 30 January 1807, recorded 17 February 1815; citing original records in County Courthouses, and on FHL Microfilms.

This deed is for a 4 acre parcel of wood land in south Medfield in Norfolk County, Massachusetts with bounded on meadow land of Gregory Townsend, Elisha Taylor and William Peters.

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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