Amanuensis Monday — 1784 Deed of Norman Sever Selling Land in Westminster, Massachusetts to Amos Gates

 This week’s doc for transcription is the 1784 land deed document for Norman Sever, gentleman of Westminster, promoting a 3/4 acre tract of land in Westminster, Worcester County, Massachusetts to Amos Gates of Westminster for two kilos 5 shillings.

[Worcester County, Mass. Deeds – Volume 91, Page 478]:

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

Know all Males by these presents that I Norman
Sever of Westminster within the County of Worcester & State of the Widespread-
wealth of Massachusetts bay in New England gentleman in Consideration
of the sum of two kilos 5 shillings to me in hand paid befor the deli-
very hereof by Amos Gates of s’d Westminster within the Commonwealth
aforesaid the receipt whereof I do hereby Acknowledge have given granted
bargained & offered & do by these presents give grant cut price promote & Convey
unto him the s’d Amos gates his heirs & assigns eternally a sarting
monitor of land mendacity & bounding within the city of Westminster & being in
the seashore hill Meadow so referred to as within the northeasterly a part of the City of
s’d Westminster & Containing about three quarters of an acre bounding
the Southwest nook of maddo lot No. ?? & operating northeasterdly an ??? no ??
16 rods to a stake then runing about 16 rods on lot ?? to the southeast Nook then
turning & operating strate with the East line of No. ??? 5 rods to a stake & stones
on land belonging to Norman Sever northerdly on land belong to Amos
Gates Easterdly on land beloning to Norman Sever.

 To Have & to Maintain the mentioned granted & bargained primaces collectively
with all their Appertenances to the s’d Amos Gates his heirs & assigns eternally
& the s’d Norman Sever for myself my heirs executors & directors do
hereby Covenant to that on the sealing hereof that I’m the lawful own-
er of s’d granted primises with their Appurtenances & stand seized thereof
in my very own correct proper as a superb property in charge easy that I’ve lawful
proper to promote the identical as afores’d that they’re freed from all incumbrances
no matter & charges the that I my heirs executors & directors shall & will
warrant & defend s’d granted premises unto the mentioned Amos Gates his heirs
& assigns eternally gainst the Claims of all folks set to my hand the eighth
Day of March AD one thousand seven hundred & eighty 4 & within the 
eighth yr of the Independan of America.      Norman Sever  {seal}

Signed Sealed & Delivered     
in presence of us                            Worcester ss  April y’e 15’th 1784 the
John Conee                                   inside Named Norman Sever personally
Edward Jackson                           appeared earlier than me & acknowledged the inside
                                                       written Deed to be his free act & Deed.
Rec’d July 8’th 1784                                    pr Nicholas Dyke  Simply peace
Entered & Examined pr  Dan’l Clap Reg’r

The supply quotation for this land document is:

“Massachusetts, Land Data, 1620-1986,” digital photographs, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, FamilySearch ( : accessed 7 November 2021), Worcester County, “Deeds 1784-1786, vol. 91-92,” Quantity 91, Web page 478 (picture 256 of 653), deed of  Norman Sever to Amos Gates, executed 8 March 1784, recorded 8 July 1784; citing unique information in County Courthouses, and on FHL Microfilms.

This deed is for a tract of three/4 acres of meadow land in Westminster, Worcester County  that Norman Sever, Gentleman of Westminster, offered to Amos Gates of Westminster for two kilos 5 shillings on 8 March 1784 (and recorded on 8 July 1784).  

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 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 referred to as “Amanuensis Monday.” John gives this definition for “amanuensis:”

“An individual employed to put in writing 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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