Monday, December 20, 2021

Amanuensis Monday -- 1742 Deed of Robert Sever of Framingham, Mass. Selling Land in Sudbury To Isaac Read

This week's document for transcription is the 1742 deed record for Robert Sever, husbandman of Framingham selling a 4-1/4 acre parcel of meadow land in Sudbury to Isaac Read, yeoman of Sudbury, for 120 pounds.

[Middlesex County, Mass. Deeds - Volume 45, Pages 59-60]:

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

[page 59]

All people to whom these Presents shall come greeting.  Know ye that I Robert Sever of
Framingham in the County of Middlesex in his Majesty's Province of the Massachusetts Bay in New

[page 60]

England husbandman for and in consideration of the Sum of one hundred and twenty pounds to me in
hand before the ensealing hereof well and truly paid by Isaac Read of Sudbury in the County a-
foresaid yeoman the receipt whereof I do hereby acknowledge and my self therewith fully satisfied and
contented and thereof and of every part and parcel thereof do exonerate acquit and discharge him the said
Isaac Read his heirs executors and administrators forever by these presents have given granted bargained
sold aliened conveyed and confirmed unto him the said Isaac Read his heirs and assigns forever a
certain peice or parcel of meadow ground situate lying and being in said Sudbury and on the westerly
side of said Sudbury river containing by estimation four acres and a quarter be the same more or
less butted and bounded as follows viz't.  Beginning at the Southeasterly corner of said premises at an Elm
tree at a Brook running thence Northerly to a white oak and from thence Westerly to a stake & stones
and from thence Southerly to a heap of stones and from thence Easterly to the Elm tree wherein first
begun bounded Easterly by Elisha How, northerly by Paul Brintnal, Westerly by Nathan Goodenow
and Josiah Richardson, Southerly by said Brook.  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 ap-
pertaining to him the said Isaac Read and to his heirs and assigns forever to his and their only proper
use benefit and behoof forever and I the said Robert Sever for my self my heirs executors and
administrators do covenant promise and grant to and with the said Isaac Read his heirs & assigns
that before the ensealing hereof I am the 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 abso-
lute estate of inheritance in fee simple and have in myself good right full power and lawful au-
thority to grant bargain sell convey and confirm said bargained premises in manner as aforesaid and
that the said Isaac Read his heirs and assigns shall and may from time to time and at all times fore-
ver hereafter by force and vertue of these presents lawfully peaceably and quietly have hold use occupy
and freely and clearly acquitted exonerated and discharged of from all and all manner of former or o-
ther gifts grants bargains sales causes 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 said Robert Sever for my self my heirs executors and admin-
istrators do covenant and engage the above demised premises to him the said Isaac Read his
heirs and assigns against the lawful claims or demands of any person or persons whatsoever for-
ever hereafter to warrant secure and defend by these presents dated at Sudbury the nineteenth
of April AD 1742 and in the fourteenth year of his Majesty's Reign.  Robert Sever and Seal.
Signed Sealed and delivered in presence of Joseph Hemenway Josiah Browne  Middlesex ss April
6 1743  Robert Sever abovenamed personally appearing acknowledged this Instrument to be his act
and Deed.                                                                  Before me Jos. Buckminster Justice of Peace
Middsc  Camb.  February 25 1744  Rec'd and entred by Fra. Foxcroft 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 1744-1748, vol. 45-46," Volume 45, Pages 59-60 (images 44-45 of  725), deed of Robert Sever to Isaac Read, executed 19 April 1742, recorded 25 February 1744; citing original records in County Courthouses, and on FHL Microfilms.

This deed is for a tract of 4-1/4 acres of meadow land in Sudbury sold by Robert Sever to Isaac Read for 120 pounds.  The land was on the west side of Sudbury river and along a brook.

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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