Amanuensis Monday — 1795 Deed of Zachariah Rand Selling 12.5 Acres of Land in Westminster, Mass. to Benjamin Seaver

 This week’s doc for transcription is the 1795 land file for Zachariah Rand, gentleman of Westminster, Massachusetts, promoting 12.5 acres of land in Westminster, Massachusetts for £50 to Benjamin Seaver, yeoman of Westminster: 

[Worcester County, Mass. Deed – Volume 203, Page 364]:

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

To all folks to whom these presents shall come Greeting
Know ye that I Zachariah Rand of Westminster within the County
of Worcester and Commonwealth of Massachusetts Gent’m for
and in consideration the sum of fifty kilos to me in hand
earlier than the ensealing hereof effectively and actually paid by Benjamin
Seaver of mentioned Westminster within the County and Commonwealth
abovesaid Yeoman.  The receipt whereof I do hereby acknowledge
and myself therewith absolutely glad and contented and thereof and
of each half and parcel thereof do exonerate acquit and discharge
him the mentioned Benjamin Sever and his heirs Executors and
Directors perpetually by these presents have given granted bargained offered
aliened conveyed and confirmed and by these presents do freely absolutely and
completely give grant cut price promote alien convey and make sure unto him the
mentioned Benjamin Seaver and his heirs and assigns perpetually a sure Mes-
suage or tract of upland situate mendacity and being within the northerly half
of mentioned Westminster and is a peice of land part of the farm I bought
of Michael Gill Esq’r containing twelve and one half starting at
a heap of stones at mentioned Seavers line working on mentioned line eighty rods
to a heap of stones then working twenty 5 rods on Benj’a ?????s land
then turning Northeasterly to Asa Taylors land from thence twenty 5
rods on mentioned Taylors land to the place it first started containing twelve acres
and one half.                       To have and to holdthe mentioned granted and bar-
gained premises with all of the appurtenances privileges and commodities to the
identical belonging or in any clever appertaining to him the mentioned Benjamin
Seaver and his heirs and assigns perpetually to his and their solely correct use
profit and behoof perpetually and I the mentioned Zachariah Rand for my myself heirs
Executors and Directors do covenant promise and grant to and with
the mentioned Benjamin and his heirs and assigns that earlier than the ensealing
hereof I’m the true sole and lawful proprietor of the above bargained prem-
ises and lawfully seized and possessed of the identical in my very own correct
proper as a superb good and absolute property of inheritance in payment easy
and have in me good proper full energy and lawful authority to grant bar-
achieve promote convey and make sure mentioned bargained premises in method as aforesaid
and that the mentioned Benjamin Seaver & his heirs and assigns shall and will
occasionally and always perpetually hereafter by pressure and advantage
of those presents lawfully peaceably and quietly have maintain use occupy
possess and benefit from the mentioned demises and bargained premises with the appur-
tenances free and clear and actually and clearly acquitted exonerated and
discharged of from all and all method of former or different items grants
bargains gross sales leases Mortgages with entails jointures dowries judgments Exec-
utions or incumbrances of what identify or nature perpetually which may in any
measure or diploma impede or make void this current Deed.  Moreover
I the mentioned Zachariah and for myself heirs Executors and Adminis-
trators do covenant and interact the above demised premises to him the mentioned
Benjamin Sever & his heirs and assigns the lawful claims or calls for
of any particular person or individuals in any respect perpetually hereafter to warrant safe and
defend by these presents.  In witness whereof I’ve hereunto set my hand
and seal this sixteenth day of January within the yr of our Lord seventeen
hundred & ninety 5.                                Zachariah Rand   {seal}

Signed sealed and delivered  }    Worcester ss Westminster  Jan’y y’e 15’th 1795
in presence of us    }    personally appeared Zachariah Rand the Grantor
Abner Holden     }       and acknowledged this instrument to be his free
Abner Whitney   }       act and Deed earlier than Abner Holden  J. Peace.

Rec’d Might 10, 1817  Ent’d & Examination’d pr  O. Fiske Reg’r.

The supply citations for this land file is:

“Massachusetts, Land Data, 1620-1986,” digital photographs, 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 364 (picture 544 of 705), Zachariah Rand to Benjamin Seaver, executed 16 January 1795, recorded 10 Might 1817; citing unique data in County Courthouses, and on FHL Microfilms.

This deed is for a 12.5 acre parcel of land in Westminster, measuring about 80 rods (1280 toes) by 25 rods (400 toes).  For 50 kilos for 12.5 acres, it most likely doesn’t have any buildings or enhancements on it.  And not using a lot map it’s tough to find out the placement of this property, though it’s adjoining to current property of Benjamin Seaver.

Benjamin Seaver (1757-1816) of Westminster, Massachusetts married  Martha (Whitney) Seaver (1764-1832) in 1783, and so they had ten youngsters between 1784 and 1812.  Benjamin purchased this land eleven years after his marriage, and 7 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 via their son Isaac Seaver (1823-1901).  


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 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.”

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