Monday, November 15, 2021

Amanuensis Monday -- 1782 Deed of Norman Sever Buying Land in Westminster, Massachusetts From Thomas Farnsworth

 This week's document for transcription is the 1782 land deed record for Norman Sever, gentleman of Westminster, selling a 31 acre tract of land in Westminster, Worcester County, Massachusetts from Thomas Farnsworth for 18 pounds.

[Worcester County, Mass. Deeds - Volume 87, Page 228]:

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 Thomas Farnsworth of Westminster in the
County of Worcester and State of Massachusetts Bay in New
England Blacksmith

For and in Consideration of the Sum of Eighteen pounds
to me in Hand, before the Ensealing hereof, well and truly paid by Norman Sever of
the above said Westminster & County & state aboves'd Gentleman.
the Receipt whereof I do hereby acknowledge, and myself therewith fully satisfied and con-
tented; and thereof, and of every Part and Parcel thereof, do exonerate, acquit and discharge him
the said Norman Sever & his
Heirs, Executors and Administrators, forever, by these Presents: Have give, 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 Norman Sever
and his Heirs and Assigns forever,
a Certain Messuage or Tract of Upland situate lying & being in the
abovesaid Westminster in the Northerly part of the Town and is part of
the Lott Number seventy three & is a second Division being the one
half of said Lott & Contains Thirty one Acres more or less One acre
being for allowance of a highway if need be and it begins at a
hemlock & runs North Fifty two Deg's East Eighty rods to a Stake & stone
Bounding on land of Col Rand ^then turns a square angle and runs ??? lott sixty two rods to a stake & stones^ then turns a square angle & runs
South Fifty two Deg's West to the corner a stake & stones from thence it
Turns a square Angle & runs North Thirty eight Deg's West sixty two
rods to where it began Bounding partly on land of Asa Taylor and
part on said Severs Land.

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 wise appertaining, to him th
said Norman Sever and his Heirs
and Assigns forever.  To his and their only proper Use, Benefit and Behoof forever.  And I
the said Thomas Farnsworth for myself & my
Heirs, Executors and Administrators, do Covenant, Promise and Grant to and with the said
Norman Sever & 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 solute Estate of Inheritance in Fee Simple.  And have in my self good Right
full Power and lawful Authority to grant, bargain, sell, convey and confirm said bargained Pre-
mises in Manner aforesaid: And that the said Norman Sever & 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 al, 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 Thomas Farnsworth
for myself & my Heirs, Executors and
Administrators, do covenant and engage the above demised Premises to him the said Norman
Sever and 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 have hereunto set
my hand & seal this 25 Day of December AD 1782 Thomas Farnsworth  {seal}

Sign'd seal'd & Deliv'd in presence of us Abner Holden Joseph Perry.

Worcester ss Jan'y y'e 2'nd 1783  Then the within Named Thomas Farnsworth
personally appeared before me & acknowledged this Deed to be his free act
and Deed.                                                    pr Nicholas Dike Just Peace
Rec'd Feb'y 7 1783 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 228 (image 719 of 841), deed of  Thomas Farnsworth to Norman Sever, executed 25 December 1782, recorded 7 February 1783; citing original records in County Courthouses, and on FHL Microfilms.

This deed is for a tract of 31 acres of land in Westminster, Worcester County  that Thomas Farnsworth, Blacksmith of Westminster, sold to Norman Sever, Gentleman of Westminster, for 18 pounds on 25 December 1782 (and recorded on 7 February 1783).  

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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