Amanuensis Monday — 1802 Deed of Amos and Abigail Baker Selling Land in Medfield, Massachusetts to Aaron Smith

 This week’s doc for transcription is the 1802 land deed document for Aaron Smith, yeoman of Medfield, shopping for meadow land in Medfield, Massachusetts from Amos and Abigail Baker of Medfield, for $12: 

[Norfolk County, Mass. Deeds – Volume 23, Page 128]:

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

Know all males by these presents
That I Amos Baker & spouse Abigail Baker each of Medfield within the County
of Norfolk and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts ……
in consideration of  Twelve {Dollars} ….
paid by  Aaron Smith of Medfield within the County of Norfolk and Frequent-
wealth of Massachusetts aforesaid Yeoman …
the Receipt whereof  we  do hereby acknowledge, do hereby give, grant, promote and convey unto the stated
Aaron Smith and to his heirs and assigns ceaselessly a tract of Meadow
mendacity within the south a part of Medfield recognized by the title of Morse mead-
ow containing by estimation one acre and half be the identical roughly
bounded Southerly on meadow of Aaron Smith westerly on the mill brook
Northerly on meadow of Walter Bradford & Sarah Bradford and easter-
ly on meadow of Elias Mann to the primary talked about bounds ….

To have and to carry the afore-granted Premises to the stated  Aaron Smith 
and to his Heirs and Assigns, to there Use and Behoof ceaselessly.
And we do covenant with the stated Aaron Smith and with
his Heirs and Assigns, That we lawfully seized in Payment of the afore-granted Premises; That
they’re freed from all incumbrances; that we’ve good Proper to promote and convey the identical to the
stated Aaron Smith and his heirs and assigns.
And that we are going to warrant and defend the identical Premises to the stated Aaron Smith 
and to his Heirs and Assigns ceaselessly, in opposition to the lawful Claims and Calls for of all Individuals.
In Witness whereof we the stated Amos Baker and Abigail Baker
have hereunto set our fingers and Seals this twenty eighth Day
of Feb’r within the 12 months of our Lord One thousand eight hundred and two.

Signed, sealed, and delivered 
in Presence of us
Ebenezer Clark Jun’r        }           Amos Baker  {seal}
Elijah Adams                     }            Abigail Baker  {seal}

Norfolk ss. March 25, 1805. Then the above-named Amos  |
Baker & Abigail Baker acknowledged to be their free         |     September 25, 1806. Acquired
Act and Deed earlier than me,                                                      |     entered and examined
                                     Elijah Adams {Simply. of Peace}         |        By Eliph. Pond Rg’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 5 September 2021), Norfolk County, “Deeds 1804-1806, vol. 22-24,” Quantity 23, Web page 128 (picture 412 of 837), deed of Amos Baker and Abigail Baker to Aaron Smith, executed 28 February 1802, recorded 25 September 1806; citing authentic information in County Courthouses, and on FHL Microfilms.

This deed is for a 1.5 acre parcel of meadow land in south Medfield in Norfolk County, Massachusetts with boundaries, one in every of which is the mill brook  It bounds on meadow land of Aaron Smith, Walter and Sarah Bradford, and Elias Mann.

Aaron Smith (1765-1841) was the son of Moses and Persistence (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 superb TransylvanianDutch weblog) began a Monday weblog theme years in the past referred to as “Amanuensis Monday.” John provides 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 my ancestors in Amanuensis Monday Posts.

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