Monday, November 8, 2021

Amanuensis Monday -- 1772 Deed of Norman Sever Selling Land in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts to Abel Osgood

  This week's document for transcription is the 1772 land deed record for Norman Sever, yeoman of Shrewsbury, selling a tract of land in Shrewsbury, Worcester County, Massachusetts to Abel Osgood for 200 pounds.

[Worcester County, Mass. Deeds - Volume 87, Page 158]:

The transcription of this deed is (on 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 and Province of the Massachusetts Bay
in New England Yeoman 
For and in consideration of the Sum of Two hundred pounds thirteen shillings & four pence
to me in Hand, before the Ensealing hereof, well and truly paid by Abel Osgood of Rutland
District in the County afores'd Yeoman
the Receipt whereof I do acknowledge, and my self therewith fully satisfied and con-
tented; and thereof, and of every Part and Parcel thereof, do exonerate, acquit and discharge him
the said Abel Osgood, his
Heirs, Executors and Administrators, forever, by these Presents: Have given, granted, bargain-
ed, 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 Abel Osgood
his Heirs and Assigns forever,
a Certain Tract of Land laying in Shrewsbury afores'd Butted
and Bounded as follows viz begining at a stake & stones the
Southeast corner and adjoining to land of Thomas Andrews thence
running by Andrews land sixty four rods to a stake & stones
Thence by s'd Andrews land sixty three rods & half to a stake and
stones the southwest corner Thence and by the Center line of
Malden Farm about two hundred rods to a Red Oak Tree thence
Easterly & by land of Isaac Temple Thirty five rods to a stake
& stones thence southerly & by land of said Temple sixty rods to
a stake & stones Thence southerly partly by land of s'd Temple
& partly by land of Phillip Munroe one hundred & forty seven
rods to the first mentioned Bounds.

To Have and to Hold the said granted and bargained Premises, with all the Appurtenances,
Privileges and Commodities to the same belonging, or in any way appertaining, to him the
said Abel Osgood his Heirs
and Assigns forever.  To his and their only proper Use, Benefit and Behoof forever.  And I
the said Norman Sever for my self
Heirs, Executors and Administrators, do Covenant, Promise and Grant to and with the said
Abel Osgood his Heirs and Assigns,
that before the Ensealing thereof, 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 Pre-
mises in Manner as aforesaid: And that the s'd Abel Osgood 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 acquited, exonerated and discharged of, from all, and all Manner of former or
other Gifts, Grants, Bargains, Sales, Leases, Mortgages, Wills, Entails, Jointures, Dowries, Judg-
ments, 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 Norman Sever
for my self my Heirs, Executors and
Administrators do covenant and engage the above demised Premises to him the said Abel
Osgood 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.  Sealed with my seal this 22 of April
AD 1772 and in the twelfth year of his Majestys Reign George y'e Third &c
Sign'd Seal'd & Deliv'd in presence of us  }    Norman Sever  {seal}
Eben'r Morse, Hezekiah Taylor              }     Sarah Sever her mark
Worcester ss Sep'r y'e 30 1772 Personally appeared Norman Sever and
acknowledged y'e within written Instrument to be his act & Deed before me
                                                                          Robert Goodard Justice peace
Rec'd Dec'r 10 1782 Entered & Exam'd  pr Nath'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 7 November 2021), Worcester County, "Deeds 1781-1783, vol. 85-87," Volume 87, Page 158 (image 684 of 841), deed of  Norman Sever to Abel Osgood, executed 22 April 1772, recorded 10 December 1782; citing original records in County Courthouses, and on FHL Microfilms.

This deed is for a tract of land in Shrewsbury, Worcester County with irregular boundaries, that Norman Sever, yeoman of Westminster, sold to Abel Osgood, yeoman of Rutland, for 200 pounds, 13 shillings and 4 pence on 22 April 1772 (and recorded on 10 December 1782).  This deed signifies the move from Shrewsbury to Westminster by the Norman Sever family.

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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