Monday, October 11, 2021

Amanuensis Monday -- 1766 Deed of Norman Sever Selling Land in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts to Isaac Temple

This week's document for transcription is the 1766 land deed record for Norman Sever, husbandman of Sudbury selling 15 acres of land in Shrewsbury, Worcester County, Massachusetts to Isaac Temple for 15 pounds lawful money.

[Worcester County, Mass. Deeds - Volume 72, Page 84]:

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 Norman Sever of Shrewsbury in
the County of Worcester in his Majestys Province of
the Massachusetts Bay in New England Husband-
For and in Consideration of the Sum of fifteen Pounds lawful Money
to me in Hand before the Ensealing hereof, well and truly paid by Isaac Temple of s'd
Shrewsbury & County abovesaid Gentleman
the Receipt whereof 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 Isaac Temple
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
bargain, sell, aliene, convey and confirm, unto him, the said Isaac Temple
his Heirs and Assigns forever, a Certain Peice of land Contain-
ing fifteen Acres by Measure Situate in Shrewsbury
aforesaid at the Northeast Corner of Maldin Farm
so called butted & bounded begining at a Pine Tree the
Northeast Corner Mark of said Farm & West Eleven Deg's
& a half North by said Temples land forty rods to a heap
of Stones then South One Deg East by y'e Seavers Own
land Sixty Rod to a heap of Stones then East Eleven
Deg' & a half South forty Rod by s'd Seavers Own land
to a heap of Stones, by s'd Temple's land then North One
Deg West by s'd Temples land to the pine where it began.

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 Isaac Temple his
Heirs and Assigns forever.  To him and their only proper Use, Benefit and Behoof forever.
And I the said Norman Sever
for my Heirs, Executors and Administrators, do Covenant, Promise and Grant to and with
him the said Isaac Temple 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 myself
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 Isaac Temple 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 Incum-
brances of what Name or Nature soever, that might in any Measure or Degree obstruct or make Void
this present Deed.

Furthermore, I the said Norman Sever for myself or my Heirs,
Executors and Administrators, do Covenant and Engage the above-demised Premises to him the said
Isaac Temple 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 the s'd
Norman Seaver have hereunto to Set my hand & Seal
the first Day of April AD One thousand and Seven hundred
Sixty Six & in the Sixth Year of his Majestys Reign.
Signed Sealed & Deliv'd in                          Norman Sever  Seal
Presence of John Hazen                               Worcester Jan'y 14 1769
Jon'a Livermore                               Norman Sever the Grantor Per-
sonally Appeared & Acknowledged this Instrument for
to be his Act & Deed before me Isaac Barnard Just. Peace.
Rec'd Decem'r 8 1773 & Accordingly Ent'd & Ex'd
                                                        pr Tim'o Paine Reg'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 3 October 2021), Worcester County, "Deeds 1773-1774, vol. 71-72," Volume 72, Page 84 (image 353 of 621), deed of Norman Sever to Isaac Temple, executed 1 April 1766, recorded 8 December 1773; citing original records in County Courthouses, and on FHL Microfilms.

This deed is for 15 acres of land in Shrewsbury, Worcester County, that Norman Sever sold to Isaac Temple for 15 pounds lawful money on 1 April 1766 (and recorded on 8 December 1773).  The land was part of the 100 acres in Shrewsbury that Norman Sever bought in 1760.

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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