Amanuensis Monday — 1793 Deed of Asa Taylor Selling One Acre of Land in Westminster, Mass. to Benjamin Seaver

 This week’s doc for transcription is the 1793 land document for Asa Taylor, yeoman of Westminster, Massachusetts, promoting one acre of land in Westminster, Massachusetts for £3 to Benjamin Seaver, yeoman of Westminster: 

[Worcester County, Mass. Deed – Volume 203, Page 366]:

The transcription of the deed is (from close to the highest of the left-hand web page of picture):

To all folks to whom these presents Shall come, Greeting.
Know ye that I Asa Taylor of Westminster within the County of Worcester
and Commonwealth of Massachusetts yeoman for and in consideration
of the sum of three kilos to me in hand earlier than the ensealing hereof
properly and really paid by Benjamin Seaver of stated Westminster yeoman
the receipt of which I do hereby acknowledge and myself therewith tru-
ly glad and contented and thereof each half and parcel thereof do
exonerate acquit and discharge him the stated Benjamin Sever and
his heirs Executors and Directors ceaselessly by these presents have given
granted bargained bought aliened conveyed and confirmed and by these
presents do freely totally and completely give grant cut price promote alien con-
vey and ensure unto him the stated Benjamin Sever and his heirs and
assigns ceaselessly a sure peice of land containing one Acre and
Lieth within the northerly a part of s’d Westminster and the Lot is num-
ber seventy 4 and is taken of on the Northeasterly nook of stated
lot starting at a stake & stones working westerly eight rods to a stake
& stones from thence southerly twenty rods to a stake & stones from thence
Easterly eight rods to a stake & stones from thence northerly twenty rods
to the place it first started.       To have and to  maintain the stated
granted and bargained premises with all of the appurtenances privi-
leges and commodities to the identical belonging or in any smart apper-
taining to him the stated Benjamin Seaver & his heirs and assigns
ceaselessly to his and their solely correct use profit and behoof ceaselessly
and I the stated Asa Taylor for myself heirs Executors and Advert-
ministrators do covenant promise and grant to and with the stated
Benjamin Sever and 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 an excellent excellent and absolute property of inheritance in charge easy and
have in myself good proper full energy and lawful authority to
grant cut price promote and convey and ensure stated bargained premises in
method as aforesaid and that the stated Benjamin Sever and his heirs
and assigns shall and will every now and then and always ceaselessly hereafter
by power and advantage 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 acquitted exonerated and discharged of from all and all method of former
or different presents grants bargains gross sales leases Mortgages will entails Jointures dowries
Judgments Executions or incumbrances of what identify or nature ceaselessly that 
would possibly in any method or diploma impede or make void this current Deed.  Fur-
thermore I the stated Asa Taylor for myself heirs Executors and Administra-
tors do covenant and have interaction the above demised premises to him the Benjamin
Seaver and his heirs and assigns in opposition to the lawful claims or calls for of any
individual or individuals in any respect ceaselessly hereafter to warrant safe and defend by
these presents.  In witness whereof I’ve hereunto set my hand and seal thirtenth
day of December within the 12 months one thousand seven hundred and ninety three.
Signed sealed and delivered                                     his
in presence of us                                               Asa  X  Taylor         {seal}
Abner Holden   }                                                     mark
Susa Holden     }  Worcester ss Westminster December y’e 10’th 1793 personally appeared
                              Asa Taylor the Grantor and acknowledged this instrument to
                              be his free act and earlier than me   Abner Holden Justice Peace.
Rec’d  Might 10’th 1817  Ent’d & Examination’d p’r O. Fiske Reg’r.

The supply citations for this land document is:

“Massachusetts, Land Information, 1620-1986,” digital photos, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, FamilySearch ( : accessed 23 Might 2021), Worcester County, “Deeds 1816-1817, vol. 202-203,” Quantity 203, Web page 366 (picture 545 of 705), Asa Taylor to Benjamin Seaver, executed 10 December 1793, recorded 10 Might 1817; citing unique information in County Courthouses, and on FHL Microfilms.

This deed is for a one acre parcel of Lot quantity 74 in Westminster, measuring 8 rods (128 ft) by 20 rods (320 ft).  For less than 3 kilos for one acre, it in all probability doesn’t have any buildings or enhancements on it.  And not using a lot map it’s tough to find out the situation of this property.

Benjamin Seaver (1757-1816) of Westminster, Massachusetts married  Martha (Whitney) Seaver (1764-1832) in 1783, they usually had ten youngsters between 1784 and 1812.  Benjamin purchased this land ten years after his marriage, and 6 years after his father died and he obtained land from his father’s property.

Benjamin Seaver (1757-1816) and Martha Whitney (1764-1832) are my 4th great-grandparents, and Benjamin Seaver (1791-1825) and Abigail Gates (1797-1867) are my third great-grandparents by their son Isaac Seaver (1823-1901).  


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 put in writing what one other dictates or to repeat what has been written by one other.”

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