Amanuensis Monday — 1802 Deed of Farwell Jones Selling 35 Acres of Land in Westminster to Benjamin Seaver

This week’s doc for transcription is the 1802 land deed report for Farwell Jones, dealer of Westminster, Massachusetts, promoting 35 acres of land in Westminster, Massachusetts for $700 to Benjamin Seaver, yeoman of Westminster: 

[Worcester County, Mass. Deeds – Volume 154, Page 626]:

The transcription of this deed is (beginning on decrease portion of web page 626]:

Know all males by these presents that I Farwell
Jones of Westminster within the County of Worcester & Commonwealth
of Massachusetts, Dealer, in consideration of seven hundred
{Dollars} paid me by Benjamin Seaver of Westminster in stated
County aforesaid, Yeoman, the receipt whereof I do hereby acknowl-
edge, do hereby give, grant, promote and convey unto the stated Benja-
min Seaver, to his heirs and assigns a sure tract of land
mendacity in stated Westminster being a part of tons quantity forty one
and forty two and bounded as follows, starting on the South
east nook at a heap of stones bounded on Benjamin Howard,
then West thirty 9 and one fourth levels South one
hundred and thirty seven rods to the County street, bounded on
the identical thence angling on stated street fifty eight rods bounded
on the identical, thence East forty levels North forty two rods
to a stake and stones, thence South fifteen levels East, twelve
rods to a heap of stones, thence East forty levels North seventy
two rods to a heap of stones thence South forty one levels
East forty rods to the primary talked about nook, inside stated
bounds is contained thirty 5 acres.
To have and to carry the identical to the stated Benjamin
Seaver to his heirs and assigns, to his and their use & behoof
without end. And I do covenant with the stated Benjamin Seaver
his heirs and assigns that I’m lawfully seized in payment of the
premises that they’re freed from all incumbrances and that I
will warrant and defend the identical to the stated Benjamin
Seaver to his heirs and assigns without end. In witness whereof I
the stated Farwell Jones and Grateful his spouse as quitting
her proper of dowry within the above premises have hereunto set
their fingers and seals this eleventh day of January within the
of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and two.
Signed sealed & delivered Farwell Jones {seal}
in presence of us Grateful Jones {seal}
Jarvis Pierce
Ezekiel Okay. Bigelow
Suffolk ss. June seventh 1804 Then Farwell Jones above named,
acknowledged this instrument to be his free act and deed, earlier than me
W’m Donnison Jus. Paces
Rec’d June 8, 1804 at 38’m previous 12 O’Clock at midday Ent’d & Examination’d pr Dan’l Clap Reg’r.

The supply citations for this land report is:

“Massachusetts, Land Information, 1620-1986,” digital pictures, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, FamilySearch ( : accessed 4 July 2021), Worcester County, “Deeds 1803-1804, vol. 154-155,” Quantity 154, Pages 626-627 (picture 336 of 686), deed of Farwell Jones to Benjamin Seaver, executed 11 January 1802, recorded 8 June 1804; citing authentic data in County Courthouses, and on FHL Microfilms.

This deed is for a 35 acre parcel of land in Westminster, which was a part of tons 41 and 42 in Westminster.  Benjamin Seaver paid $700 for the land.

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 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 referred to as “Amanuensis Monday.” John gives 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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