Amanuensis Monday — 1740 Deed of Robert Sever of Framingham, Mass. Buying Land in Framingham From Thomas Frost

This week’s doc for transcription is the 1740 deed document for Robert Sever, yeoman of Framingham shopping for a 100 acre parcel of land in Framingham from Thomas Frost, yeoman of Framingham, for 500 kilos.

[Middlesex County, Mass. Deeds – Volume 42, Pages 26-27]:  

The transcription of this deed is (beginning about 25% down the left-hand web page of the picture):

[page 26]

To all Folks to whom these Presents Shall come Greeting
Know ye that I Thomas Frost of Framingham within the County of
Middlesex inside his Majestys Province of the Massachusetts Bay in New
England yeoman for and in consideration of the sum of 5 hundred
kilos in payments of Credit score and a Lease of the hereafter talked about Premises
to me in hand earlier than the ensealing hereof effectively and actually paid by Ro-
bert Sever of the abovesaid City County and Province Yeoman the re-
ceipt whereof I do hereby acknowledge and my self therewith totally satis-
fied and contented and thereof and of each half and parcel thereof do
exonerate acquit and discharge him the mentioned Robert Sever his heirs
Executors and directors without end by these presents have given
granted bargained bought aliened conveyed and confirmed and by these
presents do freely totally and completely give grant discount promote aliene
convey and make sure unto him the mentioned Robert Sever his heirs & assigns
without end a sure Tract or parcel of upland Swamp meadow and Pas-
ture Land situate mendacity and being in Framingham containing by Esti-
matation 100 acres be the identical roughly butted & bounded
as follows viz’t.  Starting on the Southeast Nook at a ?????? Oak Tree
marked standing by the meadow in possession of Hezekiah Stone thence
working Northeasterly by land of the mentioned Stone to a pink oak Stand marked
then to a crotched black Oak marked and bounded on this Easterly aspect
on land in possession of mentioned Frost thence working Westerly by land of
Nathanael Gibbs to a white Oak tree marked thence Southerly by land of
Ebenezer and James Boutal to a pine tree marked close to Hog-pond and So
Westerly to a pine tree marked So Westerly to a crotched black Oak tree
marked on the Northwest Nook of mentioned Land thence Southerly by the
Land of John Winch to a stake and stones being the South Nook of
mentioned after which working Easterly by the lands of Christopher Nixson
by a stake and stones to a white Oak marked which is the SouthEas-
terly Nook and thence Northerly to a stake and stones thence to the bounds
first talked about.  To Have and to carry the mentioned granted and bargained Pre-
mises with all of the appurtenances Privileges and Commodities to the identical
belonging or in any clever appertaining to him the mentioned Robert Sever his
heirs and assigns without end to his and their solely correct use profit and
behoof without end and I the mentioned Thomas Frost for me my heirs Executors
and directors do covenant promise and grant to and with him
the mentioned Robert Sever his heirs and assigns that earlier than the ensealing
hereof I’m the true sole and lawful proprietor of the above bargained
premises and am lawfully seized and possessed of the identical in my very own
correct proper as a great good and absolute Property of Inheritance in
payment easy and have in my self good Proper full energy & lawful

[Page 27]

Authority to grant discount promote convey and make sure mentioned bargained Pre-
mises in method as aforesaid and that the mentioned Robert Sever his heirs &
assigns Shall and should now and again and always without end hereafter
by pressure and vertue of those presents lawfully peaceably and quietly have 
maintain use occupy possess and benefit from the mentioned demised and bargained premises
with the appurtenances free and clear and freely and clearly acquitted ex-
onerated and discharged of from all and all method of ?????? or different Presents
Grants Bargains Gross sales Leases Mortgages Wills Entails Jointures Dowers Judg-
ments Executions or Incumbrances of what ???? or Nature soever that may
in any measure or diploma hinder or make void this current deed.  Additional
extra I the mentioned Thomas Frost for my self my heirs Executors and Advert-
ministrators do covenant and have interaction the above demised premises to him
the mentioned Robert Sever his heirs and assigns towards the lawful Claims
or Calls for of an particular person or individuals in any way without end hereafter to Conflict-
rant Safe and defend by these presents.  In witness whereof I the mentioned
Thomas Frost have hereunto set my hand and seal dated the Nineteenth ^Day of January^
Annoque Dom’i 1739/40 and within the thirteenth 12 months of his Majesty’s Reign
George the Second King e’ra.  Thomas Frost his mark E and seal . Signed
Sealed and delivered in presence of Aaron Goodenow Dan Goodenow.
Middlesex ss Sudbury Sep’r the 16 1740.  The inside named Thomas Frost
personally showing acknowledged the inside written Instrument to be his vo-
luntary Act and Deed.                     Earlier than me Eben’r Roby Simply. Pac.
Middsx Camb.  Oct’o 20 1740 Rece’d and Entred by Fra. Foxcroft Reg’r.
The supply quotation for this land document is:

“Massachusetts, Land Information, 1620-1986,” digital pictures, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, FamilySearch ( : accessed 20 November 2021), Middlesex County, “Deeds 1740-1743, vol. 41-42,” Quantity 42, Pages 26-27 (picture 404 of  768), deed of Thomas Frost to Robert Seaver, executed 19 January 1739/40, recorded 20 October 1740; citing unique information in County Courthouses, and on FHL Microfilms.

This deed is for a tract of 100 acres of upland, swamp, meadow and pasture land in Framingham bought by Thomas Frost to Robert Sever for 500 kilos of payments of credit score.  

Robert Sever (1702-1752) was the son of Joseph and Mary (Learn) Sever of Framingham,  Massachusetts.  He married Eunice Rayment (1707-1772) on 2 September 1726 in Boston, and so they had 9 kids.  Robert and Eunice (Rayment) Sever are my sixth great-grandparents via their son Norman Seaver (1734-1787).


NOTE: Genea-blogger John Newmark (who writes the superb TransylvanianDutch weblog) began a Monday weblog theme years in the past known as “Amanuensis Monday.” John provides this definition for “amanuensis:”

“An individual employed to write down what one other dictates or to repeat what has been written by one other.”

Learn different transcriptions for information of my ancestors at Amanuensis Monday Posts.

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