Saturday, January 16, 2016
The Date of the Deed...Truth or Fiction Written in the Grantor Index?
A couple of years ago, the Massachusetts Land Office Records found in County Courthouses throughout Massachusetts, 1620-1986 came online on FamilySearch.org. I was doing my "genealogy happy dance" thrilled to find my Thomas Dakeynes (Dakin) selling his early lands in Concord MA in 1659 to J Hayward. I spent time admiring the beautiful records that I could easily view online, even though they weren't indexed. The joy brought with it some questions, beginning with the actual date. I blogged about that in 2013.
I revisited the questions and what I learned about the dates in the Grantor Index in an article that is in the current MASSOG (Vol. 40 (2015-2016), no. 1, 22-26).
It is easy to say that the Grantor Index clearly gives a date of 12 August 1659, so that MUST be the date of the deed. Looking at the deed "clouds the issue" -- it is NOT dated 12 August 1659. The word "August" doesn't appear anywhere in the deed!
If you can't easily find a copy of my article in the current MASSOG (it is available online to Massachusetts Society of Genealogists (MSOG) members), I recommend you go back and read my blog and you'll understand the challenges of the date of the deed.
I will recommend that folks take a look at the whole issue of the MSOG's Journal MASSOG, it has interesting articles besides mine. Happy reading!
©Erica Dakin Voolich, 2016
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