Monday, February 21, 2022

Amanuensis Monday -- 1743 Deed of Land in Westborough, Massachusetts by Solomon Rice to Nathan Brigham

This week's document for transcription is the 1733 deed record for Nathan Brigham, Yeoman of Southborough, Massachusetts buying a parcel of land in Westborough from his relative Solomon and Anna Rice of Upton for 7 pounds.

*  Worcester County, Massachusetts Deeds, Volume 51, page 469 (starts on right-hand page):

*  Worcester County, Massachusetts Deeds, Volume 51, page 470 (ends on right-hand page):

The transcription of this deed is (line-by-line, starting near the bottom of the right-hand page of the first image):

To all People to Whom this Present Writing Shall come Greeting .  Know
ye that We Soloman Rice of y'e  Town of Upton in y'e County of
Worcester in y'e Province of the Massachusetts Bay in New Engla-
nd Husbandman and Anna Rice ^wife^ of y'e s'd Soloman Rice for & in
Consideration of y'e Sum of Seven Pounds in good Bills of Publick
Credit Old Tennor or What is Equivalen in the Other Tenor to Us in
hand Paid before the Ensealing of these Presents by Nathan Brigham
of Southborough in y'e County & Province Afores'd Yeoman the
Receipt Whereof to full Content & Satisfaction We do hereby Ackno-
wledge Our Selves therewith to be fully Satisfied & paid & of Every
Part & Parcel thereof Do Acquit Exonerate & Discharge y'e s'd

[Volume 51, page 470]

Nathan Brigham his heirs & Assigns forever and for divers other
good Causes and Consideration whereunto moving have by these Presents
^given^ Granted Bargained Sold aliened Enfeoffed Remised Quitted
Claim & confirmed & do by these Presents fully & Absolutely Give
Grant Bargain Sell Aliene Enfeoffe Confirm unto him the s'd
Nathan Brigham & to his heirs & Assigns all y'e Right title
Intrest that We y'e said Solomon Rice & Anna Rice ever had
Now have or we our heirs Should or ought to have in or to a Certain
Division of Cedar Swamp Which our Hon'd father Edmand
Rice of Westboro died Seized ^of^ Situate and being in Westboro
Afores'd being y'e Second Division of Cedar Swamp Granted & Laid
out unto y'e Right of our Hon'd Grandfather Samuel Rice
his right in Marlborough in y'e County Afores'd Butted & bounded
as it Stand Recorded in y'e Book of Records To s'd right.  To have
and to hold all in singular the above Released Division of
Ceder Swamp with every Part & Parcel With y'e Appurtenances
thereof Unto y'e said Nathan Brigham his heirs & Assigns forever
To his & thier own Proper Use Benifit & Behoof for Ever More
freely clearly & Quietly Without any Manner of Reclaim
Challenge or Conterdision of us y'e s'd Soloman Rice & Anna
Rice Afores'd our heirs or Assigns & Without any Accompt
Renning or Answer Therefore to be given Rendred or done in
time to us or them so that Neither we y'e s'd Solomon
& Anna Rice or either of us our heirs or Assigns Nor any
Other Person or Persons for us or them in our Names or Stead
Shall or will by any Way or Means hereafter have Claim
Challange or Demand any Estate Right Title or Intrest of
in or to y'e Premises Above Released or to any Part thereof
But of and from all Manner of action of right Estate Title
Intrest Claim and Demand of in & to y'e s'd Premises and Every
part & Parcel thereof we Our selves & every of them Shall be
Utterly Excluded and forever Debared by these Presents and y'e said
Bargained Released & Confirmed Premises With their Appurten-
ances unto the sd Nathan Brigham his heirs & Assigns
Against our selves our heirs and Assigns & Against y'e Lawfull

[Volume 51, page 471]

Claims & Demands of Every Other Person or Persons Whomsoever from
by or Under Us or any of us we will Warrant & Defend forever by these
Presents.  In witness hereunto We the s'd Solomon Rice & Anna Rice
of our free Consent have hereunto set or hands & seals this
Seventeenth Day of January in y'e Year of our Lord 1742/3 and in
the Sixteenth year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord George y'e Second
Over great Britain & King.   Solomon Rice {ss} Hannah ^her mark^ Rice {ss}
Signed Sealed & Deliv'd in y'e Presence of us Israel Stevens Hannah
Stevens Worcester ss Janu'y 22'd 1748/9.  The Above Named Anna Rice
Personally Appeared and Acknowledged the Above Written Instrume-
nt to be her Voluntary Act & Deed Before Me Edw'd Baker Justice of the Peace.
Worcester ss January 28, 1748/9.  Above named Solomon Rice Per-
sonally Appeared & Acknowledged the Above Written Instrument to be
his free Act & Deed Before me Edw'd Baker Justice of the Peace.
Rec'd Oct'r 24 1765 & Accordingly Entred & Exam'd pr Tim'o Paine 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 27 January 2022), Worcester County > Deeds, 1763-1765, Vol. 51-52, Volume 51, pages 469-471 (images 253-254 of 610), Deed of Solomon and Anna Rice to Nathan Brigham, executed 17 January 1742/3, recorded 24 October 1765;  citing original records in County Courthouses, and on FHL Microfilms.

Some background:  Nathan Brigham (1693-1784), married (1) Dinah Rice (1693-1725) in 1717, and they had five children, all born in Marlborough; (2) Hepsibah Ward (1708-1748) in 1729, and they had eight children, all born in Southborough; (3) Martha (--?--) Gleason (1700-????) in 1751, and they had no children.  

Solomon Rice (1713-1802), son of Charles and Rebecca (Wheeler) Rice, married Anna Rice (1715-1802) in 1741.  Anna was the daughter of Edmund and Ruth (Parker) Rice of Marlborough, and granddaughter of Samuel and Elizabeth (King) Rice, and sister of Nathan Brigham's first wife, Dinah Rice.

In this deed, Nathan Brigham buys a part of Cedar Swamp in Westborough that Solomon Rice received from Anna's father Edmund Rice for 7 pounds in bills of credit old tenor.  Apparently, Solomon and Ann Rice had moved to Upton, a town just south of Westborough.

Nathan Brigham (1693-1784) and his first wife, Dinah Rice (1693-1725) are my 6th great-grandparents through their son Moses Brigham (1722-1769), who married Mehitable Grout (1725-1795) in 1749.


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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