Monday, November 29, 2021

Amanuensis Monday -- 1740 Deed of Joseph Sever Giving Land in Sudbury, Massachusetts to son Robert Sever

  This week's document for transcription is the 1740 land deed record for Joseph Sever, yeoman of Framingham, selling a 5 acre tract of meadow land in Sudbury, Middlesex County, Massachusetts to Robert Sever, husbandman of Framingham for fatherly love and affection.

[Middesex County, Mass. Deeds - Volume 42, Page 27]:

[Middesex County, Mass. Deeds - Volume 42, Page 28]:

The transcription of this deed is (starting in the middle of the right-hand page of the first image):

[page 27]

To all People to whom these Presents shall come Greeting
Know ye that I Joseph Sever of Framingham in the County of
Middlesex within his Majesty's Province of the Massachusetts Bay
in New England Yeoman for many good causes and Considerations, in a
at present moving thereunto and Especially for and in consideration
of the fatherly Love and affection which I have and do bear unto
my wellbeloved Son Robert Sever of the abovesaid Town and County
husbandman, have given, granted aliened conveyed and confirmed and
by these presents do freely fully and absolutely give grant aliene con-
vey and confirm unto him the said Robert Sever his heirs Executors
Adminstrators and assigns forever a certain parcel of Meadow Ground
Situate Lying and being in Sudbury in the County as Province abovesaid
and on the Brook called West Brook containing by Estimation five Acres
be the same more or less and butted and bounded as follows viz't.  be-
ginning at the Southeast Corner which is an Elm tree marked Stand-
ing by said West brook from thence runing westerly on or by said Brook
to a rail fence (the bounds between the said peice of meadow and
meadow in possession of Corn't Joseph Parmenter) runing from said
Brook northerly to a stake and stones being an old fence the bounds be-
tween the said meadow and land in possession of Paul Brintnal run-
ing Easterly on said old fence to a swamp white oak marked the North-
Easterly Corner from thence running Southerly on or by a fence (the bounds
between the said piece of meadow and meadow in possession of Elisha
How) to the abovesaid Elm Tree, the Southeasterly Corner of however other
wise butted or bounded or reputed to be bounded (the said peice of meadow
I value as I esteem at one hundred and fifty pounds in bills of Credit
old Tenor) To have and to hold the abovegiven and granted Premises
with all the appurtenances Privileges and Commodities to the same
belonging or in any wise appertaining to him the said Robert Sever
his heirs and assigns forever to his and their only proper use Benefit
and behoof forever and I the said Joseph Sever all and singular
the premises with the appertaining and privileges to the same belong-
ing or in any wise appertaining to him the said Robert Sever his heirs
and assigned against the lawful Claims  or Demands of any person or
persons whatsoever to warrant ?????? and defend forever by these

[page 28]

Presents  Furthermore I the said Joseph Sever by and upon the signing
Sealing and delivery of these presents have put the said Robert Sever
in quiet and peaceable possession of the herby given and granted
Premises.  In witness whereof I the said Joseph Sever have hereunto
set my hand and seal dated the twentieth day of October annoque
Dom'i one thousand seven hundred forty and in the fourteenth year
of his Majesty' Reign George the Second by the Grace of God of Great
Britain France and Ireland King Defender of the Faith ???? Joseph
Sever and Seal.  Signed sealed and delivered in presence of Ephraim Curtis
Samuel Curtis   Middlesex ss Sudbury October y'e 20 1740.  The above subscriber
Joseph Sever personally appearing acknowledged the above and afore
written Instrument to be his free and voluntary act and Deed.
                                        before me Ephraim Curtis  Justice of Peace.
Midd'x  Camb. Octo. 20 1740 Rec'd and entered by Fra's Foxcoft 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 20 November 2021), Middlesex County, "Deeds 1740-1743, vol. 41-42," Volume 42, Pages 27-28 (images 404-405 of  768), deed of  Joseph Sever to Robert Sever, executed 20 October 1740, recorded 20 October 1740; citing original records in County Courthouses, and on FHL Microfilms.

This deed is for a tract of 5 acres of meadow land in Sudbury, Middlesex County  that Joseph Sever, yeoman of Framingham, gave to his son Robert Sever of Framingham for fatherly love and affection on 20 October 1740 (and recorded on 20 October 1740).  The land was valued at 150 pounds Old Tenor.

Robert Sever (1702-1752) was the son of Joseph and Mary (Read) Sever of Framingham,  Massachusetts.  He married Eunice Rayment (1707-1772) on 2 September 1726 in Boston, and they had nine children.  Robert and Eunice (Rayment) Sever are my 6th great-grandparents through their son Norman Seaver (1734-1787).


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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