Amanuensis Monday — 1779 Deed of Phinehas Brigham of Westborough, Mass. Selling Land in Westborough to Jonathan Forbes

This week’s doc for transcription is the 1779 deed file for Phinehas Brigham, yeoman of Westborough, Massachusetts promoting his share of his mom’s widow’s thirds in Westborough, Worcester County to Jonathan Forbes, husbandman of Westborough, for 500 kilos.

[Worcester County, Mass. Deeds – Volume 82, Page 185]:

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

[page 185]

Know all Males by these Presents that I Phinehas Brigham of Westboro in 
the County of Worcester and State of Massachusetts Bay in New England 
yeoman in Consideration of the sum of 5 hundred kilos Lawfull 
Cash to me in hand paid earlier than the Ensealing hereof by Jonathan 
Forbes of Westboro within the County & state aforesaid Husbandman y’e Receipt 
whereof I do hereby acknowledge do herefor & by these presents Remise 
Launch & eternally Quitclaim unto him the stated Jon’a Forbes his heirs & 
assigns all my rights Title Pursuits Inheritance property Declare and 
Demand of in & unto my Mom Mehetabel Brigham Dowry of Thirds to 
the Property of her husband Moses Brigham Deceased.  To have and to carry 
the identical (how & wherever scituate & mendacity) with all of the priviledges and 
appurtenances thereto belonging to him the stated Jon’a Forbes his heirs & 
assigns eternally hereby Declaring myself my heirs Exors & admors 
& from all or any future Declare to be made to my mom Mehita-
bel Brighams Dower of Thirds to the Property of him the s’d Moses Brig-
ham Deceased and that the stated Jon’a Forbes his heirs & assigns might 
eternally hereafter peaceably Get pleasure from all my Pursuits in s’d Thirds with out 
Molestation from me or any particular person Claiming below me.  In Witness 
whereof I the stated Phinehas Brigham have hereunto set my hand & seal 
this Third day of August Anno Domini One Thousand seven hundred 
and seventy 9.                       Phinehas Brigham  {seal}

Signal’d Seal’d & Deliv’d in y’e presence of us  Joseph Baker  Elijah Brigham.

Worcester ss August y’e 7 1779  The above Named Phinehas Brigham personally
appeared & Acknowledged this Instrument to be his free act & Deed earlier than me
                                       Joseph Baker Justice Peace
Rec’d August 11 1779 Entered & Examination’d pr Nath’n Baldwin Regr.

The supply quotation for this land file is:

“Massachusetts, Land Data, 1620-1986,” digital pictures, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, FamilySearch ( : accessed 12 January 2022); Worcester County, “Deeds 1779-1781, Vol. 82-84,” Quantity 82, web page 185 (image 151 of 696), Deed of Phinehas Brigham to Jonathan Forbes, executed 3 August 1779, recorded 11 August 1779;  citing unique data in County Courthouses, and on FHL Microfilms.

Some background:  Moses Brigham, the daddy of Phinehas Brigham, 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, was to have the true property, and pay every of his siblings £49-13-9.  Mehitable Brigham acquired her widow’s thirds of the true property.
On this deed, Phinehas Brigham, yeoman of Westborough, offered his share of his mom’s Dower actual property to Jonathan Forbes, gentleman of Westborough, on 3 August 1779.  Since his share of two-thirds of his father’s land was value £49 in 1774, it appears unreasonable that his share of one-third of his father’s land could be value £500, however maybe the land values considerably have been elevated in 5 years.
Primarily based on his mom’s will and his personal intestate probate file, Phinehas continued dwelling on the Jonathan Forbes land, and the place he was dwelling was assessed at $20 in 1802.  It’s doable that the opposite kids, and their mom, Mehitable, additionally offered their shares in Mehitable’s dower rights, to Jonathan Forbes or one other particular person, however retained their dwelling on the land. 

Phinehas Brigham (1755-1802) was the son of Moses and Mehitable (Grout) Brigham of Westborough, Massachusetts.  He married Lydia Batherick (1752-1795) on 29 April 1779 in Westborough.  That they had seven kids between 1780 and 1794.  Phinehas and Lydia (Batherick) Brigham are my 4th great-grandparents by way of their son, Lambert Brigham (1794-1834), who married Sophia Buck (1797-1882) in 1817.

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 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 data of my ancestors at Amanuensis Monday Posts.

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