Amanuensis Monday — 1774 Deed of Moses Brigham Jr. of Westborough, Mass. Selling Land in Westborough to Jonathan Forbes

 This week’s doc for transcription is the 1774 deed report for Moses Brigham Jr., yeoman of Westborough, Massachusetts promoting the kids’s share of his father’s actual property in Westborough, Worcester County to Jonathan Forbes, yeoman of Westborough, for 460 kilos.

[Worcester County, Mass. Deeds – Volume 76, Page 45]:

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

[page 45]

To all Individuals to whom these presents shall come Greeting Know ye that I
Moses Brigham of the City of Westborough within the County of Worcester in his Majesties Province
of the Massachusetts Bay in New England Yeoman for and in Consideration of the Sum of 4 hun-
dred and sixty kilos lawfull Cash to me in hand earlier than the Ensealing hereof nicely and really paid by
Jonathan Forbes of the City County & Province affores’d Yeoman the Receipt whereof I do hereby acknow-
ledge and my self therewith absolutely sattisfied and Contented and thereof and of each half & parcel
thereof do exonerate acquit & discharge him the mentioned Jonathan Forbes his heirs Executors and
directors endlessly by these presents have given granted bargained bought Aliened conveyed &
confirmed and by these presents do freely absolutely and completely give grant discount promote aliene
convey and make sure unto him the mentioned Jonathan Forbes his heirs and Assigns endlessly the following
items of land mendacity and being in Westborough afforesaid and accommodates by Estimation Ninety acres be
the identical kind of and is the 2 thirds of the kids’s share of lands within the late Moses Brigham
of Westborough Deceased Actual Property and is bounded as followeth viz.  Begining on the southwest
Nook of this piece at a stake & heap of stones by the Land of Nathaniel Whitney and it being a
nook of the widdows thirds then runing Notherly a strait line by the widows thirds to the Coun-
strive highway crossing mentioned highway begining at a stake & stones runing Northwesterly to a stake
and stones at a nook of a wall & then turning Notherly by mentioned wall to a stake & stones then
north to a stake & stones about 9 Rods then turning Northeasterly and runs to a stake &
stones on the north aspect of the Barn then turning southerly by means of the Barn on the east aspect of the
Barn floore to a stake & stones about two rods south of the Barn and all west of the Barn floore
within the childrens half and the Middle & scaffold over it on the south of the Bay within the east finish of
the Barn and the Widow is to have Liberty to herald her hay and Thrash her grain in mentioned floore from
thence to the nicely on the Home then turning to the Nation highway to a stake & stones from thence southerly &
crossing mentioned Street to a stake & stones then turning easterly and runs by the widows thirds and to a small
walnut tree marked at Cap’t Benjamin Fays land then turning southerly a strait line by s’d Benjamin
Fays land until it involves the land of Nathaniel Whitney then Runing westerly by mentioned Whitneys land
to the primary talked about Bounds; additionally one other of piece of land bounded as folloeth viz. begining

[page 46]

at a stake a stake & stones on the southeast nook and by the land of En Jeduthun Fay and by the
County Street thence runing Westerly by mentioned Street to a stake & stones which is a Nook of the widows thirds & known as
her woodlots then turning Northerly & by mentioned wooden tons to a maple tree Marked then turning westerly and runing by
mentioned wooden tons to the Land of Benjamin Fay then turning & runing Northerly by s’d Benj’a Fays land to a stake &
stones then turning Easterly by s’d Fays land to a heap of stones it being a Nook of Benj’a Fays Jeduthun
Fays land thence easterly by s’d Jeduthun Fays land to a heap of stones then turning southerly by the mentioned
Jeduthun Fays land to the bounds first talked about of this piece of Land.  One other piece of land containing
about Eighteen acres and is upland swamp & meadow and touches the final talked about piece of land.
Begining on the Northeasterly nook of the final talked about piece of Land at a stake & stones thence runing
Northerly by the Land of Jeduthun Fay to a River known as Elizabeth River then turning because the River runs
until it involves the land of Francis Whipple Esq’r thence by mentioned Whipples land until it involves land of
Benj’a Fay thence by s’d Benj’a Fays land until it involves the land now possessed by Jeduthun Fay thence
by s’d Jeduthun Fays land until it involves the Bounds first talked about of this piece.  The childrens share within the
Home is the north entrance Room and all of the Again rooms and celler underneath them and all above the decrease
floore and the widows and the kids have liberty to move up chamber & down celler and the widespread
land left around the Home is for the good thing about the widows thirds and the Childrens shares from a stake & heap
of stones on the highway thence by the nicely and so around the Home to the Street on the nort finish of the home
in accordance with the Bounds talked about within the widows thirds.  And I the afforesaid Moses Brigham make this Re-
serve within the Kitchen of the above talked about Home as to order the small room within the Southwest nook of the
Kitchen & to move & repass out of the widows room to it and likewise to do such work as can’t be finished with Conveni-
ency within the widows room as to the fireside & to have Liberty to do it within the Kitchen.  To Have and to Maintain
the mentioned Granted and bargained Premises with all of the appurtenances Priviledges & commodities to the identical
belonging or in any smart appertaining to him the mentioned Jonathan Forbes his heirs and assigns endlessly to
his and their solely correct use profit & behoof endlessly, and I the mentioned Moses Brigham for myself my heirs
Excutors and directors do covenant promise and grant to and with him the mentioned Jonathan Forbes
his heirs and assigns that earlier than the ensealing hereof I’m the true sole and lawfull proprietor of the above
bargained premises as I’m lawfully seized & possessed of he identical in my very own correct rights as a superb
lawfull authority to grant discount promote convey & affirm mentioned bargained premises in method as affores’d
and that he the mentioned Jonathan Forbes his heirs & assigns shall & might occasionally and always endlessly
hereafter by drive & vertue of those presents Lawfully peaceably & quietly have maintain use occupy possess & Take pleasure in
the s’d Demised & bargained premises with the appurtenances free and clear and freely & clearly acquit-
ted Exonerated & Discharged of from all and all method of former or different items grants bargains gross sales
leases Mortgages wills Entails ^Jointures Dowries^ Judgments Executions or incumbrances of what identify or Nature soever
which may in any measure diploma obstructs or make void this current Deed &c.  Moreover
I the mentioned Moses Brigham for myself my heirs Executors & directors do Covenant & Interact the above
Demised premises to him the mentioned Jonathan Forbes his heirs and assigns towards the lawfull Claims or
calls for of any particular person or individuals in any respect endlessly hereafter to warrant safe & defend by these pre-
sents.  In witness whereof I the s’d Moses Brigham have hereunto set my hand & seal this twenty second
day of December Anno Domini one Thousand seven Hundred and seventy 4 and within the fourteenth
12 months of his Majestys Reign —  Moses Brigham (Ls) signed sealed & delivered in presents of us
Francis Whipple Samuel Evens.     Worcester Ss December y’e 24 1774.  The above named Moses
Brigham personally appeared and acknowledged the Above written Instrument by him subscribed to
be his free act and Deed.                                                Coram Francis Whipple Justice of peace
Rec’d April 17 1777 Entered & Examination’d  pr  Nath’n Baldwin Regr.
 The supply quotation for this land report is:

“Massachusetts, Land Data, 1620-1986,” digital photographs, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, FamilySearch ( : accessed 12 January 2022); Worcester County, “Deeds 1776-1778, Vol. 75-77,” Quantity 76, pages 45-46 (picture 286 of 650), Deed of Moses Brigham to Jonathan Forbes, executed 22 December 1774, recorded 17 April 1777;  citing unique information in County Courthouses, and on FHL Microfilms.

Some background:  Moses Brigham, the daddy of Moses Brigham, Phinehas Brigham and 5 different kids, died intestate on 3 December 1769. On 1 January 1770, his spouse, Mehitable, was appointed administratrix of the property within the Worcester County Probate Court docket.  She was additionally appointed the guardian of Phinehas and the opposite youthful kids.  In 1774, the property was distributed to the heirs, and the oldest son, Moses Brigham Jr., was to have the actual property, and pay every of his siblings £49-13-9.  Mehitable Brigham acquired her widow’s thirds of the actual and private property, together with a portion of the home and barn.

On this deed, Moses Brigham Jr., yeoman of Westborough, bought the 2 thirds kids’s share of his father’s actual property to Jonathan Forbes, yeoman of Westborough, on 22 December 1774.  

Jonathan Forbes (1746-1805) was the husband of Sarah Brigham (1751-1827), the eldest daughter of Moses and Mehitable (Grout) Brigham of Westborough.  In one other deed executed in April 1779, Jonathan Forbes purchased Phinehas Brigham’s share of his mom’s actual property, as he did purchase Moses Brigham Jr’s share in 1779, and he might have purchased the shares of the opposite kids of the elder Moses Brigham.  

Moses Brigham Jr. (1754-1814) was the son of Moses and Mehitable (Grout) Brigham of Westborough, Massachusetts.  He married Lucinda Tiffany (1761-1819) in about 1792 in New Hampshire. Moses and Mehitable (Grout) Brigham are my fifth great-grandparents by means of their son, Phinehas Brigham (1755-1802), who married Lydia Batherick (1752-1795) in 1779.


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 gives this definition for “amanuensis:”

“An individual employed to jot 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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