Amanuensis Monday — 1796 Deed of Eleazer Perry Selling Land in Medfield, Massachusetts to Aaron Smith

This week’s doc for transcription is the 1796 land deed report for Aaron Smith, cordwainer of Walpole, shopping for land in Medfield, Massachusetts from Eleazer Perry, yeomen of Medfield, Massachusetts for $733.33: 

[Norfolk County, Mass. Deeds – Volume 4, Page 232]:

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

Know all Males by these Presents, that I Eleazer
of Medfield within the County of Norfolk within the Commonwealth
of the Massachusetts, Yeoman, in consideration of seven hun-
dred & thirty three {dollars} & thirty three cents
paid by Aaron
Smith of Walpole within the County aforesaid Cordwainer, the
receipt whereof I do hereby acknowledge, do hereby give, grant,
promote & convey unto the stated Aaron Smith his heirs and assigns
endlessly, a sure Tenement mendacity & being located within the s’d
city of Medfield
aforesaid, with a dwelling home barns
& Corn barn standing thereon, the above s’d Tenement
containing twenty acres be the identical extra or ^be it^ much less, bounded
as follows: Westerly on Land of David Clark Easterly on
South Plain brook (so known as) Northerly on Land of the
heirs of Seth Smith partly and Land of Col. Jabin
Mann partly, Southerly on a Freeway resulting in
Wrentham. To have and to carry the fore granted
premises to the stated Aaron Smith his heirs & assigns, to
their solely use and behoof endlessly. And I do covenant with
the stated Aaron Smith his heirs & assigns, that I’m law-
absolutely seized in price of the aforegranted premises, that they
are freed from all incumbrances; that I’ve good proper to promote
and convey the identical to the s’d Aaron Smith as aforesaid
And that I’ll warrant and defend the identical premises
to the stated Aaron Smith his heirs & assigns, endlessly, towards
the lawful Claims and Calls for of all Individuals.
In witness whereof, we the stated Eleazer Perry &
Esther Perry his spouse, doth by these presents freely & willing-
ly quit all her proper of Dowry and energy of thirds within the
above demised premises have hereunto set our fingers and
seals this fourth day of January within the 12 months of our
Lord one thousand seven hundred & ninety six.
Perry {seal} Esther Perry {seal}. Signed, sealed, and delivered
in presence of us, Eleaz’r Wheelock, Moses Smith jun’r.

Norfolk ss. January 5’th 1796. Then the above named
Eleazer Perry & Esther Perry appeared & acknowledged the
above Instrument to be their free act & Deed. Earlier than me,
                                   Elijah Adams, magistrate.

February 23’d 1796 Acquired entered & examined
By Elijah Pond Reg’r.

The supply citations for this land report is:

“Massachusetts, Land Information, 1620-1986,” digital photos, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, FamilySearch ( : accessed 29 August 2021), Norfolk County, “Deeds 1793-175, vol. 4-6,” Quantity 4, Web page 232 (picture 258 of 853), deed of Eleazer Perry to Aaron Smith, executed 4 January 1796, recorded 23 February 1796; citing unique information in County Courthouses, and on FHL Microfilms.

This deed is for a 20 acre parcel of land within the southern a part of Medfield, Norfolk county, Massachusetts with boundaries, one among which is a brook and one other is a city highway.  It bounds on land of David Clark, heirs of Seth Smith, and Jabin Mann.

Aaron Smith (1765-1841) was the son of Moses and Endurance (Hamant) Smith of Walpole.  He married Mercy Plimpton (1772-1850) in 1795 in Medfield, they usually had eight youngsters.  Aaron and Mercy (Plimpton) Smith are my 4th great-grandparents via their son Alpheus Smith (1802-1840). 


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 presents 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 my ancestors in Amanuensis Monday Posts.

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