Monday, October 4, 2021

Amanuensis Monday -- 1760 Deed of Norman Sever Buying Land in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts from Edward Raymond

 This week's document for transcription is the 1760 land deed record for Norman Sever, husbandman of Sudbury buying 100 acres of land in Shrewsbury, Worcester County, Massachusetts from Edward Raymond for 120 pounds lawful money.

[Worcester County, Mass. Deeds - Volume 47, Page 97]:

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

To all people to whom these Presents shall come, Greeting.
Know Ye, That I Edward Raymond of Shrewsbury in y'e County of Worcester
In his Majesty's province of y'e Massachusetts Bay in New England Gent'n
For and in Consideration of the Sum of one hundred & twenty pound lawfull mony
to me in Hand before the Ensealing hereof, well and truly paid by Norman Sever of Sudbury
in the County of Middlesex & province abovesaid husbandman
the Receipt where I do hereby acknowledge, and myself therewith fully satisfied
and contented; and thereof, and of every Part and Parcel thereof, do exonerate, acquit and discharge
him the said Norman Sever his
Heirs, Executors and Administrators, forever by these Presents: Have given, granted, bargained, sold,
aliened, conveyed and confirmed; and by these Presents, do freely, fully and absolutely give, grant,
bartgain, sell, aliene, convey and confirm, unto him the said Norman Sever his
 Heirs and Assigns forever, a Certain tract
of Land situate lying and being in Shrewsbury aboves'd containing one hundred acres of
consisting of Improved and Unimproved with an old house in the same & bounded as
follows viz't begining at a pitch pine tree marked with Letters M the north East corner
thence Southerly by Land of Isaac Temple & 190 Rod thence Westerly About 115
Rods to land of M'r Gould thence Northerly by M'r Gould's land about 175 Rods to a tree
Marked the Northwesterly Corner of said premises thence Easterly by land of said
Temple 75 Rods to the pine tree first mentioned or however otherwise butted or Re-
puted to be butted or bounded.

To have and to hold the said granted and bargained Premises, with all the Appur-
tenances, Privileges and Commodities to the same belonging, or in any wise appertaining to him
the said Norman Sever his
Heirs and Assigns forever.  To his and their only proper Use, Benefit and Behoof forever.
And I the said Edward Raymond
for my Heirs, Executors and /administrators, do covenant, promise and grant to and with
him the said Norman Sever his
Heirs and Assigns, that before the Ensealing hereof, I am the true, sole and lawful Owner of the
above bargained Premises, and am lawfully seized and possessed of the same in my own proper
Right, as a good, perfect and absolute Estate of Inheritance in Fee Simple: And have in my self
good right, full Power and lawful Authority, to grant, bargain, sell, convey and confirm said bargained
Premises in Manner as aforesaid: And that the said Norman Sever his
Heirs and Assigns, shall and may from Time to Time, and at all Times
forever hereafter, by Force and Virtue of these Presents, lawfully, peaceably and quietly Have, Hold,
Use, Occupy, Possess and Enjoy the said demised and bargained Premises, with the Appurtenances, free
and clear, and freely and clearly acquitted, exonerated and discharged of, from all and all Manner of
former or other Gifts, Grants, Bargains, Sales, Leases, Mortgages, Wills, Entails, Jointures, Dowries,
Judgments, Executions or Incumbrances of what Name or Nature soever, that might in any
Measure or Degree obstruct or make void this present Deed.

Furthermore, I the said Edward Raymon for my fellow Heirs,
Executors and Administrators, do Covenant and Engage the above demised Premises to him the said
Norman Sever his Heirs and Assigns,
against the lawful Claims or Demands of any Person or Persons whatsoever, forever hereafter to
Warrant, Secure and Defend by these Presents.  In Witness Whereof I y'e s'd Edward Raymond
have hereunto set my hand & seal Dated the 15'th day of Septem'r AD 1760 & in the 34'h
year of His Majestys Reign &c      Edward Raymond  {seal}  Mary Raymond  {seal}
Signed Sealed and delivered In presence of Joseph Tower & M'r Goodenow
Worcester ss May 21, 1762 M'r Edward Raymond Acknowledged the within Instrument to
be his Act & Deed Coram J. Chandler Jus'e Pac'm  Entered from y'e Originall Deed Rec'd
May 24 1762 & Exam'd    pr John Chandler Regr.

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 3 October 2021), Worcester County, "Deeds 1762-1764, vol. 47-48," Volume 47, Page 97 (image 61 of 656), deed of Edward Raymond to Norman Sever, executed 15 September 1760, recorded 24 May 1762; citing original records in County Courthouses, and on FHL Microfilms.

This deed is for 100 acres of land in Shrewsbury, with an old house, that Edward Raymond sold to Norman Sever for 120 pounds lawful money.

Norman Sever (1734-1787) was the son of Robert and Eunice (Rayment) Sever of Sudbury and Westminster, Massachusetts.  He married Sarah Read (1736-1809) on 14 March 1755 in Sudbury, and they had thirteen children.  Norman and Sarah (Read) Sever are my 5th great-grandparents through thier son Benjamin Seaver (1757-1816).


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 records of my ancestors at Amanuensis Monday Posts.

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