Monday, January 3, 2022

Amanuensis Monday -- 1755 Deed of Unis Sever of Sudbury, Mass. Selling Land in Narragansett No. 2 to Luke Brown

 This week's document for transcription is the 1755 deed record for Unis Sever, widow of Sudbury selling Lot number 70 in Narragansett No. 2 to Luke Brown, Gentleman of Worcester, for 20 pounds.

[Worcester County, Mass. Deeds - Volume 36, Page 270]:

The transcription of this deed is (on the left-hand page of the image):

[page 270]

To all People to whom these Presents shall come, Greeting.
Know Ye, That I Unis Sever of Sudbury in y'e County of Middlesex Widow admx of y'e Estate
of my Late Husband Robert Sever late of Narragansett N'o. 2 so called in y'e County of Worcester Husbandman having obtained Licence
from his majestys Superior Court of Judicialure &c held at Worcester within and for y'e County of Worcester on the third Tuesday of Sept. 1754
to sell the whole of the said Deceased Real Estate consisting of about one hundred & Sixty  acres by y'e payment of his Just Debts
en by an order of said Court may more fully appear and having attended the Derections of y'e Law Relating to said Sale do

For and in Consideration of the Sum of Twenty pounds Lawfull money
to me in Hand before the Ensealing hereof, well and truly paid by Luke Brown of
Worcester Gent he being y'e highest bidder at a Publick vendue
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 the said Luke Brown
his Heirs, Executors and Administrators,
forever by these Presents; Have given, granted, bargained, 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 Luke Brown his Heirs and Assigns forever, In my Capacity
and by Virtue of said order of Court, part of the Deceased Real Estate Lying in said Narragansett N'o. 2 
vizt a Certain Lott of Land Containing Sixty acres be y'e same more or less originally y'e Right of Mr. Dennis
Headly and is in number Seventy as may be seen by y'e Platt thereof and Lyes near Weuchusets Pond socalled
said Lott of Land y'e Deed in his Life Time with the Divisions thereto  belonging purchased of Josiah
Brown Esq by Deed Dated y'e 20'th Day of November 1750 appears and what is now conveyed is
the same Lott Exclusive of y'e said Divisions and after Draughts thereto belonging said Lott being
a home Lott.

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 apper-
taining to him the said Luke Brown his
Heirs and Assigns forever.  To his and their only proper Use, Benefit and Behoof forever.
And I the said Unis Sever in my s'd Capacity & by Virtue of s'd Order of Court for
myself my Heirs, Executors and Administrators, do covenant, promise and grant to and with
the said Luke Brown his
Heirs and Assigns, that before the Ensealing hereof dec'd was the true sole and lawful Owner of
the above-bargained Premises, and was lawfully seized and possessed of the same in his own 
proper Right, as a good perfect and absolute Estate of Inheritance in Fee Simple:  And I have in by
Virtue of s'd Order 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 Luke
Brown his Heirs and Assigns, shall and may
from Time to Time, and at all Times forever hereafter, by Force and Virtue of these Pre-
sents, lawfully, peacably 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 acquitted, exonerated and discharged of, from all and all manner of former or other
Gifts, Grants, Baregains, Sales, Leases, Mortgages, Wills, Entails, Jointures, Dowries
Judgments, Executions, or Incumbrances of what Name of Nature soever, that might in any
Measure or Degree obstruct or make void this present Deed.

Furthermore, I the said Unis Sever in my Capacity  for my-self my Heirs,
Executors and Administrators, do Covenant and Engage the above demised Premises to him
the said Luke Brown 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
in my Capacity by Virtue of said order of Court hereunto set my hand & seal this 4'th Day of Febry
AD - 1755.                                                                                     her
Signed sealed & Deliv'd                                                       Unis + Sever  {seal}
In presence of                                                                                mark
J C Chandler
Timo Paine                              Worcester ss April 7'th 1755 Unis Sever in her Capacity 
                                                  acknowledged this Instrument to be her act & Deed
                                                                              Coram J. Chandler Just Pac.
April 7'th 1755 Rec'd and Accordingly entred & Exam'd  pr  J. Chandler 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), Worcester County, "Deeds 1754-1756, vol. 35-36," Volume 36, Page 270 (image 535 of 695), deed of Unis Sever to Luke Brown, executed 4 February 1755, recorded 7 April 1755; citing original records in County Courthouses, and on FHL Microfilms.

This deed is for Lot number 70 in Narragansett No. 2, later named as Westminster town.  Robert Sever paid 60 pounds for this lot northwest of Mount Wachusett in central Massachusetts in 1750.  Robert Sever died in 1752, and widow Eunice Sever sold the land in this deed to Luke Brown of Worcester for 20 pounds at auction.

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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