Monday, October 25, 2021

Amanuensis Monday -- 1776 Deed of Norman Sever Selling Land in Westminster, Massachusetts to Joseph Spalding

 This week's document for transcription is the 1776 land deed record for Norman Sever, yeoman of Shrewsbury, selling 5 acre of land in Westminster, Worcester County, Massachusetts to Joseph Spalding for 10 pounds lawful money.

[Worcester County, Mass. Deeds - Volume 77, Page 35]:

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

Know all People To Whom these Presents shall
Come Greeting Know ye that I Norman Sever in the County
of Worcester Yeoman and in Consideration of the Sum of
Ten pounds to me in hand before the Ensealing hereof well and
truly paid by Joseph Spalden of Westminster in the County
of Worcester housewright The Receipt whereof I do hereby Ack-
nowledge and myself therewith fully Satisfyed and Contented
and share of and of every part and parcel thereof Do Exonerate
Acquit and Discharge him the said Joseph Spalding his
heirs Executors and Adm'r for ever by these presents have
given, granted sold alienated Conveyed and Confirmed and
by these Presents do freely fully and Absolutely give, grant
bargain Sell alien Convey and Confirm unto him the
Said Joseph Spalding his heirs and Assigns forever A
Certain Tract of Land lying in the Northardly part of
said Westminster and Contains five Acres and One hun'd
rod and bounded as follows, begining at rock Maple tree
and runs South eighty three rod on land of said Spalding to
Stake then turns Northeast and runs Ten Rod to heap of
Stones then North nine Deg'r fifty eight rod to heap of
Stones then turns West forty four Deg'r North Seventy five rod
and half to the bounds first Mentioned.  To have and to hold
the said Granted and bargained Premises with all Appur-
tenances priviledges and Commodities to the Same belonging
or in any wise Appertaining to him the said Joseph Spal-
ding his heirs and Assigns forever to his & their only proper
use benefit and behoof forever and I the said Norman Sever
for myself my heirs Executors and Adm's Do covenant pro-
mise and Grant to and with said Joseph Spalding 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 an Absolute Estate of Inher-
itance 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 Joseph Spalding his heirs
Assigns shall and may from time to time and at all
times forever hereafter by force and Virtue of these pre-
sents lawfuly peaceably and Quietly have hold Use
Occupy possess and enjoy the said demised and bargain'd
premises with the Appurtenances free and Clear and
freely and clearly Acquited Exonerated and Discharged
from all and all Manner of former gifts grants bar-
gains 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 Norman for myself for my Execut'r
and Adm'r Do Covenant and engage the Above demi-
sed premises to him the said Joseph Spalding his
heirs and assigns Against the lawful Claims or demands 
of any Person Whatsoever forever hereafter to Warrant Secure
and Defend by these presents.  In Witness Whereof I have to set
my hand and Seal this fifth Day of July One thousand Seven
hundred Seventy Six.                          Norman Sever     {seal}
Signed Sealed & Deliv'd           }
in Presence of us                       }
John Miles  Edward Jackson }   Worcester ss July 5'th 1776 Then
the within Named Norman Sever Personaly Appeared and
Acknowledged the within Written Instrument to be his
free Act and Deed before me  Nicholas Dike Just Peace
Rec'd April 28'th 1777 Ent'd & Ex'd   pr  Natha'n Baldwin 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 1776-1778, vol. 75-77," Volume 77, Page 35 (image 489 of 650), deed of  Norman Sever to Joseph Spalding, executed 5 July 1776, recorded 28 April 1777; citing original records in County Courthouses, and on FHL Microfilms.

This deed is for a five acre piece of land in Westminster, Worcester County, that Norman Sever, yeoman of Westminster sold to Joseph Spalding, housewright of Westminster, for 10 pounds lawful money on 5 July 1776 (and recorded on 28 April 1777).  The land was adjacent to Joseph Spaldings land in Westminster.

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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