Monday, February 7, 2022

Amanuensis Monday -- 1756 Deed of Land in Westborough, Massachusetts by Nathan Brigham to Moses Brigham

 This week's document for transcription is the 1756 deed record for Nathan Brigham, Gentleman of Southborough, Massachusetts selling four acres of meadow land  to his son Moses Brigham, husbandman of Westborough, for 16 pounds lawful money.

The transcription of this deed is (line-by-line, starting in the middle of the right-hand page of the image):

Know all men by these presents that I Nathan Brigham of Southborough in y'e County of Worcester in his
Majesty's province of y'e Massachusetts Bay in New England Gent'n in Consideration of Sixteen pounds law-
full money
paid me by Moses Brigham of Westborough in y'e county and province before mentioned
husbandman the Receipt Whereof I do hereby Acknowledge do hereby give grant & convey to
the said Moses Brigham his heirs Exor's Adm'rs & assigns forever a Certain Tract of Land consisting of meadow and upland con-
taining about four Acres be y'e same more or less Scituate lying and being in Westboro'h
afores'd in a Meadow called
Miste Meadow bounded as followeth viz't: Southerly by a highway w'sty & N'rly partly by Land belonging to the
heirs of Hezekiah Tomlin late of Westborough Dec'd and partly by the Land of Jonas Brigham and Easterly
by y'e river or however otherwise bounded or Reputed to be bounded. To have and to hold the same to the
said Moses Brigham heirs Exor's Adm'rs and Assigns forever, and I do Covenant with the said Moses Brig-
ham heirs and assigns that I am lawfully seized in Fee of the premises that they are free of all Incumbrances that I
have good Right to sell and convey the same to the said Moses Brigham his heirs Exor's Adm'rs & Assigns
forever to hold as afores'd: & that I Will Warrant and defend the same to the said Moses Brigham heirs
and Assigns forever against the Lawfull Claims and demands of all persons. In witness to all albove written I y'e said Na-
than Brigham have hereunto set my hand & seal this 7'th day of June in y'e year 1756 and in y'e 29'th year
of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord George the Second of Great Britain France and Ireland King Defender of the
Faith &c. Nathan Brigham seal Signed Sealed and delivered in presence of us Edward Baker
Joseph Baker. Worcester June 7'th 1756 Nathan Brigham the within named Grantor personally
Appeared and Acknowledged the written Instrument to be his free and Volluntary Act & Deed before me
Edward Baker Justice of the peace. Sep'r 22 1756. Rec'd and Accordingly ent'd & Exam'd pr. John 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 27 January 2022), Worcester County > Deeds, 1756-1758, Vol. 37-38, Volume 38, page 100 (image 385 of 626), Deed of Nathan Brigham to Moses Brigham, executed 7 June 1756, recorded 22 September 1756;  citing original records in County Courthouses, and on FHL Microfilms.

Some background:  Nathan Brigham (1693-1784) married (1) Dinah Rice (1693-1725), and had five children; Moses Brigham was the only son of this couple.  After Dinah (Rice) Brigham died in 1725, Nathan Brigham married (2) Hepzibah Ward (1708-1748) in 1729, and they had 8 children.  After Hepsibah (Ward) Brigham died in 1748, Nathan Brigham married (3) Martha (--?--) Gleason (1700-????) in 1751, and they had no children together.  

Moses Brigham (1723-1769) was the son of  Nathan and Dinah (Rice) Brigham of Southborough, Massachusetts.  He married Mehitable Grout (1725-1795) in 1749 in Westborough. Moses and Mehitable (Grout) Brigham are my 5th great-grandparents through their son, Phinehas Brigham (1755-1802), who married Lydia Batherick (1752-1795) in 1779.


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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