Amanuensis Monday — 1772 Deed of Norman Sever Buying Land in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts from Thomas Andrews

 This week’s doc for transcription is the 1772 land deed file for Norman Sever, yeoman of Shrewsbury, shopping for 1 acre of land in Shrewsbury, Worcester County, Massachusetts from Thomas Andrews for two kilos lawful cash.

[Worcester County, Mass. Deeds – Volume 77, Page 47]:

The transcription of this deed is (beginning on the high of the left-hand web page of the picture):

Know all Males by these Presents That I Thomas Andrews
of Shrewsbury within the County of Worcester and Province of
the Massachusetts Bay in New England Gentleman For
and in Consideration of two Kilos Lawful Cash paid
me by Norman Sever of Shrewsbury in the identical County and
Province Yeoman The Receipt whereof I do hereby Ack-
nowledge my self Glad and do hereby grant, promote and
Convey to the stated Norman Sever and heirs a Piece of land
Situate in Shrewsbury afores’d the Piece Containing One
Acre Bounded as follows; Begining at a Stake and Stones
on the Northeast Nook of my Land Joyning to stated Severs
Land and Phillip Munroes Land Runing Southwest and
Operating Sixty 4 Rods to a Stake and Stones Standing
within the line Between stated Andrews and stated Severs Land.
To have and to carry the Identical to the stated Norman Sever
his heirs & assigns To there Use and Behoof perpetually and
and I do Covenant with the stated Norman Sever his heirs
& assigns that I’m lawfully Seized in price of the premises that
they’re freed from all Incumbrances that I’ve good proper
to convey the Identical to the stated Norman Sever to carry as
aforesaid and that I’ll Warrant and Defend the Identical
to the stated Norman Sever his heirs and assigns perpetually
Towards the Lawful Claims and Calls for of all Individuals.  In
Witness Whereof I’ve hereunto Set my hand and Seal this
Eighth day of April Anno Dom. 1772.   Thomas Andrews  {seal}
Signed Sealed & Deliv’d in
Presence of Hannah Bruce  Isaac Herrick
Worcester ss Could 3 1777 Personally Appeared Thomas Andrews
and Acknowledged the above Written Instrument to be his free
Act & Deed earlier than me   W’m Younger  Simply Peace
Rec’d Could 3’d 1777 Ent’d & Ex’d pr Nath’n Baldwin Regr

The supply quotation for this land file is:

“Massachusetts, Land Information, 1620-1986,” digital pictures, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, FamilySearch ( : accessed 3 October 2021), Worcester County, “Deeds 1776-1778, vol. 75-77,” Quantity 77, Web page 47 (picture 495 of 650), deed of Thomas Andrews to Norman Sever, executed 18 April 1772, recorded 3 Could 1777; citing authentic information in County Courthouses, and on FHL Microfilms.

This deed is for a one acre piece of land in Shrewsbury, Worcester County, that Norman Sever, yeoman of Shrewsbury purchased from Thomas Andrews, Gentleman of Shrewsbury, for two kilos lawful cash on 8 April 1772 (and recorded on 3 Could 1777).  The land was adjoining to Norman Sever’s land in Shrewsbury.

Norman Sever (1734-1787) was the son of Robert and Eunice (Rayment) Sever of Sudbury and Westminster, Massachusetts.  He married Sarah Learn (1736-1809) on 14 March 1755 in Sudbury, they usually had 13 youngsters.  Norman and Sarah (Learn) Sever are my fifth great-grandparents by way of their son Benjamin Seaver (1757-1816).


NOTE: Genea-blogger John Newmark (who writes the wonderful TransylvanianDutch weblog) began a Monday weblog theme years in the past referred to as “Amanuensis Monday.” John gives 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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