Monday, September 27, 2021

Amanuensis Monday -- 1834 Deed of Aaron and Mercy Smith Gifting Land in Medfield, Massachusetts to Aaron Smith Jr.

This week's document for transcription is the 1834 land deed record for Aaron Smith Sr., yeoman of Medfield, and wife Mercy selling five tracts of land in Medfield, Massachusetts to their son Aaron Smith Jr. for love and affection and $50 in cash.

[Norfolk County, Mass. Deeds - Volume 112, Page 32]:

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 Aaron Smith Senior of Medfield in the County
of Norfolk and Commonwealth of Massachusetts
in consideration of love and affection and a bond this day given
by Aaron Smith Jr for the support of the said Aaron Senior and his wife
during their natural lives and also in consideration of the payment of sundry debts
which the said Aaron owed - by the said Aaron Jr viz the sum of $50 in cash paid as aforesaid
[in left margin] by the s'd Aaron Jr. for the said Aaron Senior
the Receipt whereof I do hereby acknowledge, do hereby give, grant, bargain, sell and con-
vey unto the said Aaron Smith Jr all the following tracts or parcels of land
lying in the southerly part of Medfield to wit one tract being
the homestead containing twenty acres more or less with a dwell-
ing house barn and other buildings thereon standing and bounded
Southerly on the Wrentham road Westerly on land of Daniel Clark, Clark
Smith and Elijah Adams and on the heirs of Elijah Mann late of
Medfield dec'd on all other parts.  Also a tract of land in pine swamp
so-called containing ten acres more or less and bounded westerly on land
of Daniel Hamant northerly and easterly on land of Clark Smith & southerly
on Stop river.  Also a tract of pasture land containing eight acres more
or less and bounded easterly on land of David Smith westerly on land of David 
Clark and on the road on all other parts.  Also a tract of wood land at
noon hill containing four acres more or less and bounded southerly on
land of James Allen and on all other parts on land of James Richardson.
Also another tract of ^wood^ land at said noon hill containing two acres
more or less bounded easterly and southerly on land of Elisha Sayles
and westerly and northerly on land of James Allen.

To Have and to Hold the afore-granted premises with the privileges
and appurtenance thereto belonging to the said Aaron Smith Jr his
heirs and assigns to their use and behoof forever.  And I the said
                                for            and      heirs, executors and admin-
istrators do covenant with the said Aaron Jr. & 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 Jr. 
And that I will, and   heirs, executors and administrators shall warrant and defend
the same premises to the said Aaron Smith Jr his heirs and assigns
forever, against the lawful claims and demands of all persons.

In Witness Whereof, I the said Aaron Smith Senior and I Marcy
Smith wife of the said Aaron Senior as an evidence of my
relinquishment of my right of dower in the premises
have hereunto set our Hands and Seals this  fifteenth day
of March in the year of our Lord One thousand eight hundred and thirty four.

Signed sealed Executed and delivered
in presence of us,
     Jon'a P. Bishop                   }                                        Aaron Smith  {seal}
     Moses B H Bishop              }                                        Mercy Smith  {seal}

Norfolk ss.  May 3'd 1834 Then                                  |
personally appeared the above named                          |
   Aaron Smith                                                               |   Dedham, June 28, 1836
acknowledged the above instrument to be his free act |   Received, entered and examined by
and deed - before me,                                                   |       Enos Foord  Register
   Jon'a P. Bishop  {Justice of the Peace}                     |

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 26 September 2021), Norfolk County, "Deeds 1836-1837, vol. 112-113," Volume 112, Page 32 (image 37 of 751), deed of Aaron Smith Sr. to Aaron Smith Jr., executed 15 March 1834, recorded 28 June 1836; citing original records in County Courthouses, and on FHL Microfilms.

This deed is for five tracts of land in South Medfield in Norfolk County, Massachusetts that includes all of the real property of Aaron and Mercy Smith.  Mercy relinquished her right of dower in the properties received from her father's estate.

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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