Amanuensis Monday — 1807 Deed of William and Mary Peters Selling Land in Medfield, Massachusetts to Aaron Smith

 This week’s doc for transcription is the 1807 land deed document for Aaron Smith, cordwainer of Medfield, shopping for wooden land in Medfield, Massachusetts from William and Mary Peters of Medfield, for $132: 

[Norfolk County, Mass. Deeds – Volume 49, Page 270]:

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 William Peters of Medfield within the County of Nor-
folks and Commonwealth of Massachusetts Gentleman
in consideration of One Hundred and thirty ^two^ {Dollars}
paid by Aaron Smith of Medfield County and Commonwealth
aforesaid Cordwainer
the Receipt whereof I do hereby acknowledge, do hereby give, grant, promote and convey unto the
mentioned Aaron Smith and to his Heirs and Assigns ceaselessly, the fol-
lowing piece or parcel of wooden land in mentioned Medfield situa-
ted on the westerly aspect of midday hill socalled containing 4
acres and bounded northerly on land of Gregory Townsend
easterly and westerly on land of Elisha Taylor and southerly on
land of mentioned William Peters along with all of the privileg-
es to the identical belonging or appertaining.

To Have and to Maintain the afore-granted Premises to the mentioned
Aaron Smith his Heirs and Assigns, to his & their
Use and Behoof ceaselessly.

And I do covenant with the mentioned Aaron Smith
his Heirs and Assigns, That I’m lawfully seized in Price of the afore-granted
Premises; That they’re freed from all Incumbrances; That I’ve good Proper to promote and convey
the identical to the mentioned Aaron Smith
And that I’ll warrant and defend the identical Premises to the mentioned Aaron Smith
his Heirs and Assigns ceaselessly, towards the lawful Claims and Calls for of all Individuals.

In Witness Whereof, We the mentioned William Peters and Mary
Peters spouse to the mentioned William in signification of her relinquishment of
her proper of Dower within the above granted premises to him the mentioned Aaron Smith
& to his Heirs & Assigns have hereunto set our Fingers and Seals this thirtieth Day
of January within the 12 months of our Lord One thousand eight hundred and Seven.

Signed, sealed and delivered
in Presence of us,  
Obed Ellis                   }                     William Peters  {seal}
Alexander Peters        }                      Mary Peters     {seal}

Norfolk ss.  Medfield April 13 1807.  Then                    |
the above named William Peters personally ap-             |
peared and                                                                       |
acknowledged the abo Instrument to ne his free act and |    February 17’th 1815. Receiver, entered
Deed — earlier than me                                                           |     and examined by
            John Baxter    magistrate.                    |                             James Foord Register.

The supply quotation for this land document is:

“Massachusetts, Land Data, 1620-1986,” digital pictures, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, FamilySearch ( : accessed 5 September 2021), Norfolk County, “Deeds 1814-1816, vol. 49-50,” Quantity 49, Web page 270 (picture 280 of 591), deed of William Peters and Mary Peters to Aaron Smith, executed 30 January 1807, recorded 17 February 1815; citing authentic data in County Courthouses, and on FHL Microfilms.

This deed is for a 4 acre parcel of wooden land in south Medfield in Norfolk County, Massachusetts with bounded on meadow land of Gregory Townsend, Elisha Taylor and William Peters.

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, and so they had eight kids.  Aaron and Mercy (Plimpton) Smith are my 4th great-grandparents by way of 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 gives 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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