Amanuensis Monday — 1834 Deed of Aaron and Mercy Smith Selling Land in Medfield, Massachusetts to Aaron Smith Jr.

This week’s doc for transcription is the 1834 land deed report for Aaron Smith Sr., yeoman of Medfield, and spouse Mercy promoting 5 tracts of land in Medfield, Massachusetts to their son Aaron Smith Jr. for love and affection and $50 in money.

[Norfolk County, Mass. Deeds – Volume 112, Page 32]:

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 Aaron Smith Senior of Medfield within the County
of Norfolk and Commonwealth of Massachusetts
in consideration of love and affection and a bond today given
by Aaron Smith Jr for the help of the stated Aaron Senior and his spouse
throughout their pure lives and likewise in consideration of the cost of sundry money owed
which the stated Aaron owed – by the stated Aaron Jr viz the sum of $50 in money paid as aforesaid
[in left margin] by the s’d Aaron Jr. for the stated Aaron Senior
the Receipt whereof I do hereby acknowledge, do hereby give, grant, cut price, promote and con-
vey unto the stated Aaron Smith Jr all the next tracts or parcels of land
mendacity within the southerly a part of Medfield to wit one tract being
the homestead containing twenty acres kind of with a dwell-
ing home barn and different buildings thereon standing and bounded
Southerly on the Wrentham highway Westerly on land of Daniel Clark, Clark
Smith and Elijah Adams and on the heirs of Elijah Mann late of
Medfield dec’d on all different elements.  Additionally a tract of land in pine swamp
so-called containing ten acres kind of and bounded westerly on land
of Daniel Hamant northerly and easterly on land of Clark Smith & southerly
on Cease river.  Additionally a tract of pasture land containing eight acres extra
or much less and bounded easterly on land of David Smith westerly on land of David 
Clark and on the highway on all different elements.  Additionally a tract of wooden land at
midday hill containing 4 acres kind of and bounded southerly on
land of James Allen and on all different elements on land of James Richardson.
Additionally one other tract of ^wooden^ land at stated midday hill containing two acres
kind of bounded easterly and southerly on land of Elisha Sayles
and westerly and northern on land of James Allen.

To Have and to Maintain the afore-granted premises with the privileges
and appurtenance thereto belonging to the stated Aaron Smith Jr his
heirs and assigns to their use and behoof endlessly.  And I the stated
                                for            and      heirs, executors and admin-
istrators do covenant with the stated Aaron Jr. & 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 stated Aaron Jr. 
And that I’ll, and   heirs, executors and directors shall warrant and defend
the identical premises to the stated Aaron Smith Jr his heirs and assigns
endlessly, in opposition to the lawful claims and calls for of all individuals.

In Witness Whereof, I the stated Aaron Smith Senior and I Marcy
Smith spouse of the stated Aaron Senior as an proof of my
relinquishment of my proper of dower within the premises
have hereunto set our Palms and Seals this  fifteenth day
of March within the 12 months of our Lord One thousand eight hundred and thirty 4.

Signed sealed Executed and delivered
in presence of us,
     Jon’a P. Bishop                   }                                        Aaron Smith  {seal}
     Moses B H Bishop              }                                        Mercy Smith  {seal}

Norfolk ss.  Might 3’d 1834 Then                                  |
personally appeared the above named                          |
   Aaron Smith                                                               |   Dedham, June 28, 1836
acknowledged the above instrument to be his free act |   Obtained, entered and examined by
and deed – earlier than me,                                                   |       Enos Foord  Register
   Jon’a P. Bishop  {magistrate}                     |

The supply quotation for this land report is:

“Massachusetts, Land Information, 1620-1986,” digital photographs, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, FamilySearch ( : accessed 26 September 2021), Norfolk County, “Deeds 1836-1837, vol. 112-113,” Quantity 112, Web page 32 (picture 37 of 751), deed of Aaron Smith Sr. to Aaron Smith Jr., executed 15 March 1834, recorded 28 June 1836; citing unique data in County Courthouses, and on FHL Microfilms.

This deed is for 5 tracts of land in South Medfield in Norfolk County, Massachusetts that features the entire actual property of Aaron and Mercy Smith.  Mercy relinquished her proper of dower within the properties obtained from her father’s property.

Aaron Smith (1765-1841) was the son of Moses and Endurance (Hamant) Smith of Walpole.  He married Mercy Plimpton (1772-1850) in 1795 in Medfield, they usually had eight youngsters.  Aaron and Mercy (Plimpton) Smith are my 4th great-grandparents by means 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 jot 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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