Amanuensis Monday — 1818 Deed of Heman Ray Selling 1.5 Acres of Land in Westminster, Massachusetts to Benjamin Sever

 This week’s doc for transcription is the 1818 land deed document for Heman Ray, yeoman of Westminster performing as guardian for 5 minor kids, promoting 1.5 acres of land in Westminster, Massachusetts to Benjamin Sever, yeoman of Gardner, Massachusetts for $32: 

[Worcester County, Mass. Deeds – Volume 246, Pages 48-49]:

[Worcester County, Mass. Deeds – Volume 246, Pages 50-51]:

The transcription of this deed is (beginning close to the underside of web page 48 (left-hand web page of first picture):

[Volume 246, page 48]

Know all males by these presents, that I Heman Ray of West-
minster within the County of Worcester Yeoman and Guardian of Mar-
tha Sever, Silas sever, Isaac Sever, Rozilla Sever and Mary Jane
Sever, Minors, Youngsters of Benjamin Sever late of stated Westminster
deceased, intestate, by an order o the Supreme Judicial Court docket
begun and holden at Worcester inside and for stated county of Wor-
cester on the fourth Teusday of September final previous was licensed
and duly empowered to promote and move deeds to convey the entire of

[Volume 246, page 49]

stated minors actual property, the proceeds thereof to be put out and secured
to stated minors, on Curiosity for his or her profit, and whereas I the stated
Ray having given thirty days public discover of the meant sale
by posting up ads in stated Westminster, Princeton and
Worcester, on the twenty fourth day of October final previous, that the follow-
ing described actual property of stated Minors can be offered to the very best
bidder on the premises, on the twenty sixth day of November then
subsequent following at 9 of the clock within the fore-noon, and having
first given bonds, and brought the oath by legislation in such circumstances required
did on the stated sixth day of November, pursuant to the license 
and spot aforesaid, promote at public vendue the next descri-
mattress tract of land, being part of the actual property of stated minors
to Samuel Whitney of stated Westminster for the sum of thirty
two {dollars} he being the very best bidder therefor who has refused to
give safety and take a deed therefor, and I’ve bargained the
premises to Benjamin Sever of Gardner in stated county yeoman
for a similar sum of thirty two {Dollars}, because it was struck off to stated
Whitney, as highest bidder therefor, as follows, to wit, starting
on the nook of Pearson Cowee’s land, and land which I this
day as Guardian conveyed to stated Benjamin Sever, at a stake
& stones, thence South eight 9 levels West eleven rods and
twelve hyperlinks by land of stated Cowee to a stake and stones, then 
South fifty seven levels West seven rods and 7 hyperlinks by land of
John Jackson to a stake and stones, thence North two and a half
levels West by land of Daniel Howe seven rods and 6 hyperlinks to
a stake and stones, thence North eighty seven and a half levels
East by land of John Jackson until it involves the land which I this
day conveyed to stated Benjamin Sever as Guardian, thence turning
and working Westerly on the stated Benjamin Sever’s land, which I
this present day conveyed as Guardian as aforesaid until it involves the
sure first talked about, containing about one and a half acre
being the identical ^land^ which the intestate bought of 1 Josiah Ken-
dall.  Subsequently know ye, that I Heman Ray aforesaid, guar-
dian as aforesaid, by advantage of the ability and authority in me
vested by the stated Supreme Judicial Court docket as aforesaid and in
consideration of the aforesaid sum of thirty two {dollars} to me
paid by he stated Benjamin Sever, the Receipt whereof I do
hereby acknowledge, do hereby launch and without end quit-claim
to him the stated Benjamin Sever, his Heirs and Assigns all of the
proper, title, curiosity and declare I’ve as Guardian, as aforesaid
to the tract of land herein above talked about and described, or
nevertheless the identical is reputed to be bounded.  To have and to carry 
the afore-quitclaimed premises, with all of the privileges

[Volume 246, page 50]

appurtenances to the identical belonging to him the stated Benjamin
Sever, his Heirs and Assigns without end, to his and their Use and Behoof
without end.  And I the stated Ray, guardian as aforesaid do hereby cov-
enant with the stated Benjamin his Heirs and Assigns, that I gave
thirty days public discover of the stated meant sale as aforesaid, that
I gave bonds and took the oath by legislation required, earlier to the sale
and that it was mandatory it needs to be offered for the needs afore-
stated.  In witness whereof I the stated Heman Ray Guardian
as aforesaid have hereunto set my hand and seal this fourteenth
day of January within the Yr of our Lord one thousand eight
hundred and eighteen.                    Heman Ray Guardian  {seal}
Signed, Sealed & delivered }   Worcester ss January 14 1818
in presence of us                  }   Then the above-named Heman
W’m Penniman                  }   Ray personally acknowledged the above
Ethan Sever                       }   Instrument by him subscribed to be his price
act and Deed.                                        Alex’d Dusting  magistrate
Rec’d July 5 1825   Ent’d & Ex’d  By Artwork’s Ward  Reg’r

The supply citations for this land document is:

“Massachusetts, Land Information, 1620-1986,” digital pictures, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, FamilySearch ( : accessed 8 August 2021), Worcester County, “Deeds 1825-1826, vol. 246-247,” Quantity 246, Pages 48-50 (pictures 44-45 of 720), deed of Heman Ray to Benjamin Sever, executed 14 January 1818, recorded 5 July 1825; citing authentic information in County Courthouses, and on FHL Microfilms.

This deed is for a 1.5 acre parcel of land in Westminster which was a part of the actual property set off to the 5 minor kids of Benjamin Seaver (1857-1816).  Heman Ray was appointed guardian of the 5 minor kids and ordered to promote the land to the very best bidder.  The very best bidder was Samuel Whitney (most likely a relative of Martha Whitney, spouse of the deceased Benjamin Seaver and mom of Benjamin Seaver, the 5 minor kids, and different kids).  Nevertheless, Samuel Whitney declined to purchase the land, and the guardian Heman Ray bargained to promote it to Benjamin Seaver (1791-1825) for $32.

Benjamin Seaver (1757-1816) of Westminster, Massachusetts married Martha Whitney Seaver (1764-1832) in 1783, and so they had ten kids between 1784 and 1812.  The opposite deed referenced within the above deed was transcribed in Amanuensis Monday — 1818 Deed of Heman Ray to Benjamin Sever (1791-1825) in Gardner, Massachusetts.

Benjamin Seaver (1791-1825) married Abigail Gates (1797-1869) in 1817 and died intestate on 25 Might 1825 in Westminster, and the current deed was recorded on 5 July 1825 after his demise.

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 means 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 presents 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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