Amanuensis Monday — 1782 Deed of Norman Sever Buying Land in Westminster, Massachusetts From Thomas Farnsworth

 This week’s doc for transcription is the 1782 land deed document for Norman Sever, gentleman of Westminster, promoting a 31 acre tract of land in Westminster, Worcester County, Massachusetts from Thomas Farnsworth for 18 kilos.

[Worcester County, Mass. Deeds – Volume 87, Page 228]:

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 Thomas Farnsworth of Westminster within the
County of Worcester and State of Massachusetts Bay in New
England Blacksmith

For and in Consideration of the Sum of Eighteen kilos
to me in Hand, earlier than the Ensealing hereof, nicely and really paid by Norman Sever of
the above stated Westminster & County & state aboves’d Gentleman.
the Receipt whereof I do hereby acknowledge, and myself therewith totally happy and con-
tented; and thereof, and of each Half and Parcel thereof, do exonerate, acquit and discharge him
the stated Norman Sever & his
Heirs, Executors and Directors, without end, by these Presents: Have give, granted, bargain-
ed, bought, aliened, conveyed and confirmed; and by these Presents, Do freely, totally and completely
give, grant, cut price, promote, aliene, convey and make sure unto him the stated Norman Sever
and his Heirs and Assigns without end,
a Sure Messuage or Tract of Upland situate mendacity & being within the
abovesaid Westminster within the Northerly a part of the City and is a part of
the Lott Quantity seventy three & is a second Division being the one
half of stated Lott & Comprises Thirty one Acres kind of One acre
being for allowance of a freeway if want be and it begins at a
hemlock & runs North Fifty two Deg’s East Eighty rods to a Stake & stone
Bounding on land of Col Rand ^then turns a sq. angle and runs ??? lott sixty two rods to a stake & stones^ then turns a sq. angle & runs
South Fifty two Deg’s West to the nook a stake & stones from thence it
Turns a sq. Angle & runs North Thirty eight Deg’s West sixty two
rods to the place it started Bounding partly on land of Asa Taylor and
half on stated Severs Land.

To Have and to Maintain the stated granted and bargained Premises, with all of the Appurtenances,
Privileges and Commodities to the identical belonging, or in any smart appertaining, to him th
stated Norman Sever and his Heirs
and Assigns without end.  To his and their solely correct Use, Profit and Behoof without end.  And I
the stated Thomas Farnsworth for myself & my
Heirs, Executors and Directors, do Covenant, Promise and Grant to and with the stated
Norman Sever & 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 identical in my very own correct Proper, as a superb,
excellent and solute Property of Inheritance in Payment Easy.  And have in my self good Proper
full Energy and lawful Authority to grant, cut price, promote, convey and make sure stated bargained Pre-
mises in Method aforesaid: And that the stated Norman Sever & 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 stated demised and bargained Premises, with the Appurtenances, free and clear, and
freely and clearly acquited, exonerated and discharged of, from al, 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 Identify or Nature soever, which may in any Measure or
Diploma impede or make void this current Deed.

Moreover, I the stated Thomas Farnsworth
for myself & my Heirs, Executors and
Directors, do covenant and interact the above demised Premises to him the stated Norman
Sever and his Heirs and Assigns,
in opposition to the lawful claims or Calls for of any Individual or Individuals by any means, without end hereafter to
Warrant, Safe and Defend by these Presents.  In Witness whereof I’ve hereunto set
my hand & seal this 25 Day of December AD 1782 Thomas Farnsworth  {seal}

Signal’d seal’d & Deliv’d in presence of us Abner Holden Joseph Perry.

Worcester ss Jan’y y’e 2’nd 1783  Then the inside Named Thomas Farnsworth
personally appeared earlier than me & acknowledged this Deed to be his free act
and Deed.                                                    pr Nicholas Dike Simply Peace
Rec’d Feb’y 7 1783 Entered & Examination’d  pr  Nath’n Baldwin Reg’r.

The supply quotation for this land document 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 228 (picture 719 of 841), deed of  Thomas Farnsworth to Norman Sever, executed 25 December 1782, recorded 7 February 1783; citing authentic data in County Courthouses, and on FHL Microfilms.

This deed is for a tract of 31 acres of land in Westminster, Worcester County  that Thomas Farnsworth, Blacksmith of Westminster, bought to Norman Sever, Gentleman of Westminster, for 18 kilos on 25 December 1782 (and recorded on 7 February 1783).  

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 via their son Benjamin Seaver (1757-1816).


NOTE: Genea-blogger John Newmark (who writes the superb 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 jot 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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