Amanuensis Monday — 1825 Deed of Benjamin Seaver Buying Land in Westminster, Massachusetts from Gilman and Moses Thurston

  This week’s doc for transcription is the 1825 land deed file for Benjamin Seaver, yeoman of Westminster, shopping for land in Westminster, Massachusetts from Gilman and Moses Thurston, yeomen of Westminster, Massachusetts for $300: 

[Worcester County, Mass. Deeds – Volume 246, Pages 42-43]:

[Worcester County, Mass. Deeds – Volume 246, Pages 44-45]:

The transcription of this deed is (beginning close to the center of web page 43 (right-hand web page of first picture):

Know all Males by these presents, that we Gilman Thurston of 
Westminster within the County of Worcester and Commonwealth of
Massachusetts Yeoman and Moses Thurston of Cambridge within the
County of Franklin and State of Vermont Yeoman in
consideration of 300 {dollars} paid us by Benja-
min Seaver of mentioned Westminster Yeoman the Receipt
whereof we do hereby acknowledge, do hereby grant, promote, and
quit-claim unto the mentioned Seaver his Heirs and assigns, all
our proper, title, declare and demand, in and unto a sure
tract of land mendacity within the northerly a part of the mentioned City of
Westminster being part of the farm recently owned by Lieut. Ben-
jamin Bigelow and is bounded as follows, starting at a stake
and stones bounded on land of the late Benjamin Seaver deceased
and the County street main from Westminster to Ashburnham,
thence angling on mentioned street, until it strikes land now occupied by
Asa W. Rand, thence on mentioned Rand’s land and lands occupied by
Jonas W. Whitney, thence Southerly on land of Nathan Meriam,
thence west forty levels South on lands previously belonging
to Benjamin Seaver deceased seventy two rods, thence North
fifteen levels West twelve rods, thence West forty levels South
forty two rods to the primary talked about bounds, containing fifteen acres
and twenty two rods be the identical kind of, it being part of the
land we purchased of Farwell Jones by his deed dated March 16
AD 1803, Document in Ebook 154 Web page 614, Reference to mentioned Deed.
To have and to carry the identical to the mentioned Benjamin Seaver his

[Volume 246, Page 44, left-hand page of second image]

Heirs and Assigns to his and their use and behoof endlessly, and
we do covenant to warrant and defend mentioned granted and quit-claim-
ed premises to the mentioned Benjamin Seaver his Heirs and Assigns for-
ever in opposition to the lawful claims and calls for of all Individuals, claim-
ed by us or underneath us or both of us.  In witness whereof, we the mentioned
Gilman and Azubah spouse of the mentioned Gilman in token of
relinquishing her proper of Dower within the premises and Moses afore-
mentioned have hereunto set our fingers and seals this first day of Febru-
ary within the 12 months of our Lord One thousand eight hundred and
twenty 5.                                    Gilman Thurston  {seal]
Signed, Sealed, & delivered }       Moses Thurston   {seal}
in presence of us                   }      Azubah Thurston   {seal}
Simeon Sanderson    }    Worcester ss Feby 1’st 1825  Then the above-
Joseph Whitney        }    named Gilman Thurston & Moses Thurs-
ton acknowledged the above Instrument to be their free act and
Deed – earlier than me                           Edward Kendall   Simply. of Peace
Rec’d  July 5’th 1825  Entd & exd. By   Artwork’s Ward  Reg’r

The supply citations for this land file is:

“Massachusetts, Land Information, 1620-1986,” digital photos, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, FamilySearch ( : accessed 15 August 2021), Worcester County, “Deeds 1825-1826, vol. 246-247,” Quantity 246, Pages 43-44 (photos 41-42 of 720), deed of Gilman Thurston and Moses Thurston to Benjamin Seaver, executed 1February 1825, recorded 5 July 1825; citing authentic information in County Courthouses, and on FHL Microfilms.

This deed is for a 15 acre parcel of land within the northern a part of Westminster, Massachusetts with irregular boundaries, one in all which is a city street.  It bounds on different land of Benjamin Seaver.  

Benjamin Seaver (1791-1825) of Westminster married Abigail Gates (1797-1867) in 1817, the daughter of Nathan and Abigail (Knowlton) Gates of Gardner.  They’d 4 kids.  Benjamin Seaver died on 25 Could 1825 in Westmonster, three months after shopping for this land.  

 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 referred to as “Amanuensis Monday.” John presents 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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