An amanuensis is a person employed to write what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another.
This deed of sale between James Nesbitt and my paternal great-grandfather Pierre Janvry (1851-1941), whose surname is rendered as “Genvre” in the deed, was drawn up on 20 September 1881. It was registered on 29 September 1881. The transcription of this deed appears in quotation marks, with preprinted portions shown in black and handwritten portions shown in red.
“This Indenture made the twentieth day of September one thousand eight hundred and
Between James Nesbitt, of the Township of Masham in the County of Ottawa and Province of Quebec farmer
of the one part, and Pierre Genvre of the said township of Masham farmer
of the other part, Witnesseth, That for and in consideration of the sum of three hundred dollars current money of this Province
to the said James Nesbitt
in hand paid by the said Pierre Genvre
at or before the execution of these presents, (the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged
by the said James Nesbitt) he, the
said James Nesbitt
doth hereby grant, bargain, sell and confirm unto the said Pierre Genvre
his heirs and assigns for ever, all that certain lot of land,
situated and being in the township of Masham aforesaid and described as the lot number fifty-five in the fourth range of the Township of Masham aforesaid containing one hundred and twenty-three acres of land in superfic[ies] more or less
To have and to hold the said lot of land and premises hereinbefore granted, bargained and sold, or intended so to be, with their and every of their appurtenances, unto the said Pierre Genvre his heirs and assigns forever
In Witness Whereof, the said parties hereto have hereunto set their hands and Seals the day and year first above written, at the Township of Wakefield in the District of Ottawa, (in duplicate.)
Signed, Sealed and Delivered James Nesbitt
A. Cates Pierre his Genvre
Isaac B. Yorke x
Source: “Deed of Sale Between James Nesbitt and Pierre Genvre”, dated 20 September 1881; Demoskoff Family Papers, photocopy held by Yvonne (Belair) Demoskoff, British Columbia, 2012. The photocopy, was supplied by Eloi Belair to Yvonne, his cousin, during her visit to his home in Hull, Quebec in the 1980s. Eloi was Pierre Genvre [Janvry]’s grandson.
Copyright © 2012, Yvonne Demoskoff.