Amanuensis Monday — 1814 Deed of Luke Church Selling 49 Acres of Land in Hubbardston, Massachusetts to Benjamin Seaver

  This week’s doc for transcription is the 1814 land deed file for Luke Church, yeoman of Hubbardston, Massachusetts, promoting 49 acres of land in Hubbardston, Massachusetts for $246 to Benjamin Seaver, yeoman of Westminster: 

[Worcester County, Mass. Deeds – Volume 203, Pages 363-364]:

The transcription of this deed is (beginning close to the center of web page 363 (right-hand web page of picture)]:

[Volume 203, page 363]

Know all Males by these presents that I Luke Church of Hubbards-
ton within the County of Worcester Yeoman – In consideration of two hun-
dred & forty six {dollars} paid by me by Benjamin Seaver of Westminster in
mentioned County yeoman – the receipt whereof I do hereby acknowledge do here-
by give grant promote and convey unto the mentioned Benjamin Seaver his heirs and
assigns – A sure tract or parcel of land situate in mentioned Hubbardston
being a part of Nice Farm N’o. 7, starting on the Northerly nook on
Templeton line and operating North 56° East eight three rods to a stake
and stones by land owned by one Abijah Hinds thence south thirty
eight and a half levels East ninety eight rods on land owned by mentioned
Hinds to a stake and stones thence South 59° West eighty six rods to a
stake and stones by land owned by one Joel Pollard thence North 40° 
West to the primary talked about bounds containing by estimation forty 9
Acres & one fourth of an Acre be the identical roughly.

To have and to carry the identical with the privileges and appur-
tenances thereto belonging to mentioned Benjamin Seaver his heirs and
assigns to his and their use and behoof ceaselessly and I do covenant
with the mentioned Benjamin Seaver his heirs and assigns that I’m
lawfully seized in charge of the premises that they’re freed from all incum-
brances and that I’ll warrant and defend the identical to the mentioned
Benjamin Seaver his heirs and assigns ceaselessly towards the lawful
claims & calls for of all individuals.  In witness whereof I the mentioned Luke
Church have hereunto set my hand and seal this third day of Decem-
ber within the 12 months of our Lord one thousand eight hundred & fourteen.
Signed sealed and delivered in presence of us         Luke Church  {seal}
Samuel Swan     }
Israel Davis       }    Worcester ss  Dec’r 3’d 1814    Luke Church
named acknowledged this Deed to be his free act – earlier than me
                                                                         Samuel Swan  Jus. Pacis
Rec’d Could 10, 1817 Ent’d & Examination’d pr O. Fiske Reg’r.

The supply citations for this land file is:

“Massachusetts, Land Data, 1620-1986,” digital photos, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, FamilySearch ( : accessed 4 July 2021), Worcester County, “Deeds 1816-1817, vol. 202-203,” Quantity 203, Pages 363-364 (photos 546-547 of 705), deed of Luke Church to Benjamin Seaver, executed 3 December 1814, recorded 10 Could 1817; citing authentic information in County Courthouses, and on FHL Microfilms.

This deed is for a 49 acre parcel of land in Hubbardston, which was a part of Nice Farm #7 in Hubbardston, bordering on Templeton line.  Benjamin Seaver paid $246 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 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 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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