Amanuensis Monday — 1776 Deed of Norman Sever Selling Land in Westminster, Massachusetts to Joseph Spalding

 This week’s doc for transcription is the 1776 land deed file for Norman Sever, yeoman of Shrewsbury, promoting 5 acre of land in Westminster, Worcester County, Massachusetts to Joseph Spalding for 10 kilos lawful cash.

[Worcester County, Mass. Deeds – Volume 77, Page 35]:

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

Know all Individuals To Whom these Presents shall
Come Greeting Know ye that I Norman Sever within the County
of Worcester Yeoman and in Consideration of the Sum of
Ten kilos to me in hand earlier than the Ensealing hereof properly and
actually paid by Joseph Spalden of Westminster within the County
of Worcester housewright The Receipt whereof I do hereby Ack-
nowledge and myself therewith absolutely Satisfyed and Contented
and share of and of each half and parcel thereof Do Exonerate
Acquit and Discharge him the mentioned Joseph Spalding his
heirs Executors and Adm’r for ever by these presents have
given, granted offered alienated Conveyed and Confirmed and
by these Presents do freely absolutely and Completely give, grant
cut price Promote alien Convey and Affirm unto him the
Stated Joseph Spalding his heirs and Assigns endlessly A
Sure Tract of Land mendacity within the Northardly a part of
mentioned Westminster and Comprises 5 Acres and One hun’d
rod and bounded as follows, begining at rock Maple tree
and runs South eighty three rod on land of mentioned Spalding to
Stake then turns Northeast and runs Ten Rod to heap of
Stones then North 9 Deg’r fifty eight rod to heap of
Stones then turns West forty 4 Deg’r North Seventy 5 rod
and half to the bounds first Talked about.  To have and to carry
the mentioned Granted and bargained Premises with all Appur-
tenances priviledges and Commodities to the Identical belonging
or in any smart Appertaining to him the mentioned Joseph Spal-
ding his heirs and Assigns endlessly to his & their solely correct
use profit and behoof endlessly and I the mentioned Norman Sever
for myself my heirs Executors and Adm’s Do covenant pro-
mise and Grant to and with mentioned Joseph Spalding 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 ^similar^ in my Personal
correct proper as a very good good an Absolute Property of Inher-
itance in charge Easy and have in myself good proper
full energy and Lawful Authority to grant cut price Promote
Convey and ensure mentioned bargained premises in Method
as aforesaid and that the mentioned Joseph Spalding his heirs
Assigns shall and will infrequently and in any respect
occasions endlessly hereafter by pressure and Advantage of those pre-
sents lawfuly peaceably and Quietly have maintain Use
Occupy possess and benefit from the mentioned demised and cut price’d
premises with the Appurtenances free and Clear and
freely and clearly Acquited Exonerated and Discharged
from all and all Method of former items grants bar-
features Gross sales Leases Mortgages Wills Entails Jointures
Dowries Judgments Executions or Incumbrances of
what Identify or Nature soever which may in any
Measure or Diploma Hinder or make Void this current
Deed.  Moreover I the Norman for myself for my Execut’r
and Adm’r Do Covenant and have interaction the Above demi-
sed premises to him the mentioned Joseph Spalding his
heirs and assigns In opposition to the lawful Claims or calls for 
of any Individual In any way endlessly hereafter to Warrant Safe
and Defend by these presents.  In Witness Whereof I’ve to set
my hand and Seal this fifth Day of July One thousand Seven
hundred Seventy Six.                          Norman Sever     {seal}
Signed Sealed & Deliv’d           }
in Presence of us                       }
John Miles  Edward Jackson }   Worcester ss July 5’th 1776 Then
the inside Named Norman Sever Personaly Appeared and
Acknowledged the inside Written Instrument to be his
free Act and Deed earlier than me  Nicholas Dike Simply Peace
Rec’d April 28’th 1777 Ent’d & Ex’d   pr  Natha’n Baldwin Reg’r

The supply quotation for this land file is:

“Massachusetts, Land Information, 1620-1986,” digital photos, 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 35 (picture 489 of 650), deed of  Norman Sever to Joseph Spalding, executed 5 July 1776, recorded 28 April 1777; citing unique data in County Courthouses, and on FHL Microfilms.

This deed is for a 5 acre piece of land in Westminster, Worcester County, that Norman Sever, yeoman of Westminster offered to Joseph Spalding, housewright of Westminster, for 10 kilos lawful cash on 5 July 1776 (and recorded on 28 April 1777).  The land was adjoining to Joseph Spaldings 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, and so they had 13 kids.  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 referred to as “Amanuensis Monday.” John presents 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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