The following transcription of a land sale to my 4th Great Grandfather may be of interest and fit into your Olds family histories.
Aaron Olds to
To all people to whom these presents shall come greetings. Know ye that Aaron Olds, Blacksmith & Sarah, wife of the s Aaron both of Great Barrington in the County of Berkshire Commonwealth of Massachusetts For & in consideration of the sum of eleven hundred dollars to us in hand paid before the insealing hereof by Daniel Hendrick of Bristol in the County of Hartford & State of Connecticut yeoman, the receipt whereof we do hereby acknowledge & are fully satisfied, contented of said, have given, granted, bargained, sold, aliened, released, conveyed & confirmed that these presents do freely, clearly & absolutely give, grant, bargain, sell, alien, release, convey & confirm unto him the sd Daniel Hendrick his heirs & assigns, forever, the following piece of land lying in Great Barrington aforsd district of the lots No. two, 3 & 4 in the west division of lands in sd Town, containing about 83 acres, butted bounded, east on Stephen Sibleys land, south on lot No 1 west partly on land which sold to Martin Hawk & partly on lands of sd Martins & John Burssandts (sp?) & north on lot No 5, this on each side of the Highway, & is all in the land which is (?) purchases of Iasiah Dwight & this excepting 24 acres 3 rods & 25 ??? of land on the premises hereby conveyed. Thereby reserving to myself the use & occupation of the Buildings aforsd untill the first Day of May next also, what fire wood may be necessary to supply one fire untill the expiration of the time aforsd , & that I am not to cut, waste or destroy any timber standing or growing on sd farm, excepting what is necessary for the support of one fire, fro, during the turn aforsd It is the inten=tion of the parties of this instrument that the sd Aaron & Sarah, hereby meant to convey to him the sd Daniel, the Blacksmiths shop standing near the Dwelling house, hereby conveys, whether sd shop stands on sd land or on the highway. To Have & to hold the before granted premises with the appurtenances with the privileges thereto belonging to him the sd Daniel his heirs & assigns, to his & their own proper use, benefit thereof forevermore, give the sd Aaron & Sarah for our selves our heirs executors & administrators, do covenant promise & grant, unto & with the sd Daniel his heirs & assigns forever, that before & until the insealing hereof, we are the true, sole, proper & lawful owners & possessors of the before granted premises, with the appurtenances, and have in us good right, full power & lawful authority to give, grant,, assign, sell, alien release, convey & confirm the same as aforesaid & that free & clear & freely & clearly execute, acquitted & discharged of & from all former & other gifts, grants, bargains sales leases, mortgages, wills, intails, jointure, dowries, thirds executions & encumbrances whatsoever and furthermore we the sd Aaron & Sarah, for our selves our heirs, executors & administrators unto the sd Daniel his heirs & assigns forever to warrant, secure & defend against the lawful claims or demands of any person or persons whatsoever in witness whereof . I have hereunto set my hands & seals this 13 Day of Dec in the year of our Lord one thousand & seven hundred & ninety seven.
Signed, sealed & delivered
Aaron Olds (seal)
In presence of us
Sarah (her mark) Olds (seal)
Berkshire G. Barrrington Dec 13th 1797
Aaron Olds & Sarah Olds, severally acknowledge this
Instrument to be their free act & deed before
Moses Hopkins Just Peace
Dec 13th 1797 Recd & Recorded from the original
By Moses Hopkins, Regr