Amanuensis Monday — 1806 Deed of Jarvis Peirce Selling 35 Acres of Land in Westminster to Benjamin Seaver

 This week’s doc for transcription is the 1806 land deed file for Jarivs Peirce, housewright of Westminster, Massachusetts, promoting 35 acres of land in Westminster, Massachusetts for $700 to Benjamin Seaver, farmer of Westminster: 

[Worcester County, Mass. Deeds – Volume 203, Pages 362-363]:

The transcription of this deed is (beginning in the midst of web page 362]:

Know all Males by these presents that I Jarvis Peirce of

Westminster within the County of Worcester and Commonwealth of
Massachusetts Housewright in consideration of seven hundred
{dollars} paid me by Benjamin Sever of Westminster in stated County
of Worcester Farmer — The receipt whereof I do hereby acknowledge
do hereby give grant promote and convey unto the stated Benjamin Sever
to his heirs and assigns A sure parcel of land mendacity in stated West-
minster being part of lot quantity forty one and forty two and
bounded as follows starting on the Northwest nook of lot quantity
forty two thence operating East forty deg’s North ninety rods to the
County Highway bounded on land of Abner Whitney and stated highway
thence angling on stated highway 100 and eighteen rods thence West
thirty 9 and one quarter deg’s South twenty eight rods and sixteen
hyperlinks to a stake and stones bounded on land of Abner Holden Esq’r
Dec’d thence North forty one deg’s West ninety six rods to the nook first
talked about containing inside stated bounds thirty 4 acres and eigh-
ty 9 rods Excepting out of the stated bounds about one and a half
Acres of Meadow land mendacity on the decrease finish of stated Meadow which
previously belonged to Benjamin Howard which isn’t conveyed by this
Deed.     To have and to carry the identical to the stated Benjamin
Sever to his heirs and assigns to his and their use and behoof without end and

[Volume 203, page 363]

I do covenant with the stated Sever his heirs and assigns that I’m lawfully
seized in payment of the premises that they’re freed from all incumbrances and that
I’ll warrant and defend the identical to the stated Sever to his heirs and assigns
without end in opposition to the lawful claims and calls for of all individuals.   In wit-
ness whereof I the stated Jarvis Peirce and Rhoda my spouse as quitting her
proper of dower within the above premises have hereunto set our palms and seals this
third day of March within the yr of our Lor eighteen hundred and 6.
Signed sealed and delivered                         Jarvis Peirce  {seal}
in presence of us                                           Rhoda Peirce  {seal}
Zadock Sawyer     }
Sylvanus Kendall  }   Worcester ss March 13, 1806 then the above named
                                    acknowledged this instrument to be his free act &
                                    Deed – earlier than me  Abel Wooden Jus. Pacis
Rec’d  Might 10, 1817  Ent’d & Examination’d pr O. Fiske  Reg’r.

The supply citations for this land file is:

“Massachusetts, Land Information, 1620-1986,” digital pictures, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, FamilySearch ( : accessed 4 July 2021), Worcester County, “Deeds 1816-1817, vol. 202-203,” Quantity 203, Pages 362-363 (picture 546 of 705), deed of Jarvis Peirce to Benjamin Seaver, executed 3 March 1806, recorded 10 Might 1817; citing unique information in County Courthouses, and on FHL Microfilms.

This deed is for a 35 acre parcel of land in Westminster, which was a part of heaps 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, they usually 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 by way of 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 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.”

Learn different transcriptions for my ancestors in Amanuensis Monday Posts.

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