Monday, October 18, 2021

Amanuensis Monday -- 1772 Deed of Norman Sever Buying Land in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts from Thomas Andrews

 This week's document for transcription is the 1772 land deed record for Norman Sever, yeoman of Shrewsbury, buying 1 acre of land in Shrewsbury, Worcester County, Massachusetts from Thomas Andrews for 2 pounds lawful money.

[Worcester County, Mass. Deeds - Volume 77, Page 47]:

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 Thomas Andrews
of Shrewsbury in the County of Worcester and Province of
the Massachusetts Bay in New England Gentleman For
and in Consideration of two Pounds Lawful Money paid
me by Norman Sever of Shrewsbury in the same County and
Province Yeoman The Receipt whereof I do hereby Ack-
nowledge my self Satisfied and do hereby grant, sell and
Convey to the said Norman Sever and heirs a Piece of land
Situate in Shrewsbury afores'd the Piece Containing One
Acre Bounded as follows; Begining at a Stake and Stones
at the Northeast Corner of my Land Joyning to said Severs
Land and Phillip Munroes Land Runing Southwest and
Running Sixty four Rods to a Stake and Stones Standing
in the line Between said Andrews and said Severs Land.
To have and to hold the Same to the said Norman Sever
his heirs & assigns To there Use and Behoof forever and
and I do Covenant with the said Norman Sever his heirs
& assigns that I am lawfully Seized in fee of the premises that
they are free of all Incumbrances that I have good right
to convey the Same to the said Norman Sever to hold as
aforesaid and that I will Warrant and Defend the Same
to the said Norman Sever his heirs and assigns forever
Against the Lawful Claims and Demands of all Persons.  In
Witness Whereof I have hereunto Set my hand and Seal this
Eighth day of April Anno Dom. 1772.   Thomas Andrews  {seal}
Signed Sealed & Deliv'd in
Presence of Hannah Bruce  Isaac Herrick
Worcester ss May 3 1777 Personally Appeared Thomas Andrews
and Acknowledged the above Written Instrument to be his free
Act & Deed before me   W'm Young  Just Peace
Rec'd May 3'd 1777 Ent'd & Ex'd pr Nath'n Baldwin 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 1776-1778, vol. 75-77," Volume 77, Page 47 (image 495 of 650), deed of Thomas Andrews to Norman Sever, executed 18 April 1772, recorded 3 May 1777; citing original records in County Courthouses, and on FHL Microfilms.

This deed is for a one acre piece of land in Shrewsbury, Worcester County, that Norman Sever, yeoman of Shrewsbury bought from Thomas Andrews, Gentleman of Shrewsbury, for 2 pounds lawful money on 8 April 1772 (and recorded on 3 May 1777).  The land was adjacent to Norman Sever's land in Shrewsbury.

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 their 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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