Amanuensis Monday — 1772 Deed of Norman Sever Selling Land in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts to Abel Osgood

  This week’s doc for transcription is the 1772 land deed report for Norman Sever, yeoman of Shrewsbury, promoting a tract of land in Shrewsbury, Worcester County, Massachusetts to Abel Osgood for 200 kilos.

[Worcester County, Mass. Deeds – Volume 87, Page 158]:

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

To all Individuals to whom these Presents shall come,
Greeting: Know Ye, That I Norman Sever of Shrewsbury within the
County of Worcester and Province of the Massachusetts Bay
in New England Yeoman 
For and in consideration of the Sum of 200 kilos 13 shillings & 4 pence
to me in Hand, earlier than the Ensealing hereof, effectively and actually paid by Abel Osgood of Rutland
District within the County afores’d Yeoman
the Receipt whereof I do acknowledge, and my self therewith totally happy and con-
tented; and thereof, and of each Half and Parcel thereof, do exonerate, acquit and discharge him
the mentioned Abel Osgood, his
Heirs, Executors and Directors, without end, by these Presents: Have given, granted, bargain-
ed, bought, aliened, conveyed and confirmed; and by these Presents, Do freely, totally and completely
give, grant, discount, promote, aliene, convey and ensure unto him the mentioned Abel Osgood
his Heirs and Assigns without end,
a Sure Tract of Land laying in Shrewsbury afores’d Butted
and Bounded as follows viz begining at a stake & stones the
Southeast nook and adjoining to land of Thomas Andrews thence
operating by Andrews land sixty 4 rods to a stake & stones
Thence by s’d Andrews land sixty three rods & half to a stake and
stones the southwest nook Thence and by the Heart line of
Malden Farm about 2 hundred rods to a Crimson Oak Tree thence
Easterly & by land of Isaac Temple Thirty 5 rods to a stake
& stones thence southerly & by land of mentioned Temple sixty rods to
a stake & stones Thence southerly partly by land of s’d Temple
& partly by land of Phillip Munroe 100 & forty seven
rods to the primary talked about Bounds.
To Have and to Maintain the mentioned granted and bargained Premises, with all of the Appurtenances,
Privileges and Commodities to the identical belonging, or in any method appertaining, to him the
mentioned Abel Osgood his Heirs
and Assigns without end.  To his and their solely correct Use, Profit and Behoof without end.  And I
the mentioned Norman Sever for my self
Heirs, Executors and Directors, do Covenant, Promise and Grant to and with the mentioned
Abel Osgood his Heirs and Assigns,
that earlier than the Ensealing thereof, 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 very good
excellent and absolute Property of Inheritance in Charge Easy: And have in myself good proper
full Energy and lawful Authority, to grant, discount, promote, convey and ensure mentioned bargained Pre-
mises in Method as aforesaid: And that the s’d Abel Osgood his
Heirs and Assigns, shall and should from Time to Time, and in any respect Instances without end hereafter, by Power
and Advantage 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 acquited, exonerated and discharged of, from all, and all Method of former or
different Items, Grants, Bargains, Gross sales, Leases, Mortgages, Wills, Entails, Jointures, Dowries, Judg-
ments, Executions or Incumbrances of what Title or Nature soever, which may in any Measure or
Diploma hinder or make void this current Deed.

Moreover, I the mentioned Norman Sever
for my self my Heirs, Executors and
Directors do covenant and interact the above demised Premises to him the mentioned Abel
Osgood his Heirs and Assigns
in opposition to the lawful Claims or Calls for of any Individual or Individuals in any way, without end hereafter to
Warrant, Safe and Defend by these Presents.  Sealed with my seal this 22 of April
AD 1772 and within the twelfth yr of his Majestys Reign George y’e Third &c
Signal’d Seal’d & Deliv’d in presence of us  }    Norman Sever  {seal}
Eben’r Morse, Hezekiah Taylor              }     Sarah Sever her mark
Worcester ss Sep’r y’e 30 1772 Personally appeared Norman Sever and
acknowledged y’e inside written Instrument to be his act & Deed earlier than me
                                                                          Robert Goodard Justice peace
Rec’d Dec’r 10 1782 Entered & Examination’d  pr Nath’n Baldwin Reg’r
The supply quotation for this land report is:

“Massachusetts, Land Information, 1620-1986,” digital pictures, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, FamilySearch ( : accessed 7 November 2021), Worcester County, “Deeds 1781-1783, vol. 85-87,” Quantity 87, Web page 158 (picture 684 of 841), deed of  Norman Sever to Abel Osgood, executed 22 April 1772, recorded 10 December 1782; citing unique data in County Courthouses, and on FHL Microfilms.

This deed is for a tract of land in Shrewsbury, Worcester County with irregular boundaries, that Norman Sever, yeoman of Westminster, bought to Abel Osgood, yeoman of Rutland, for 200 kilos, 13 shillings and 4 pence on 22 April 1772 (and recorded on 10 December 1782).  This deed signifies the transfer from Shrewsbury to Westminster by the Norman Sever household.

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 means 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 known as “Amanuensis Monday.” John affords 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 data of my ancestors at Amanuensis Monday Posts.

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