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Do you have citations from your early days of research that would be considered ‘inaccurate’ and/or ‘incomplete’ by today’s standards? I have to admit that I likely have quite a few such citations. That’s one of the reasons my goals for 2022 include going back thru my third great-grandparents to update any ‘bad’ citations.

As I was going thru the narrative report for Phillip Andrew Mentzer, I ran across a great example of one of those citations.

Fortunately, this poorly written citation contains enough information to locate the actual source. And fortunately, the referenced grantee index is available on FamilySearch. Thus, I was able to locate the information referenced in my file.

Since FamilySearch has digitized many of the Record Books from the Middlesex County (MA) Registry of Deeds, I was able to expand this early research to compile a list of the MENTZER family names found in the grantor and grantee indexes.

Image 481
MENTZER
1835 Apl 22 Philip A. from R Hosmer book 340 page 341
1835 Apl 22 Philip A from J. Brown book 340 page 342
1835 Apl 22 Philip A. from L. Stow Book 340 page 345
1835 Apl 22 Philip A. from J. Parmenter book 340 page 346
1835 Apl 22 Andew Pl from J. Bartlett Book 340 page 344

Massachusetts, MIddlesex. Grantee Index, F-) 1800-1835. Film #514064 DGS 7445198. Mentzer, 1835 : page 220 (image 481); digitized images, FamilySearch http://www.familysearch.org : viewed online 4 June 2022.

Image 365 of 618
MENTZER
1828 Apl 1 Philip A to J. Miles Jr book 281 page 4

Massachusetts, Middlesex County. Grantor Index, H-R, 1800-1835. Film #514112 DGS 7445233. MENTZER, 1828 : page 238 (Image 365); digitized images, FamilySearch http://www.familysearch.org : viewed online 4 June 2022.

Image 168 of 531
MENTZER
1844 Mch 23 Phillip A to W Burrage book 439 page 375

Massachusetts, Middlesex County. Grantor Index, I-S 1836-1846. Film #514115 DGS 7445236. Mentzer, 1844 : page 325 (image 168 of 531); digitized images, FamilySearch http://www.familysearch.org : viewed online 4 June 2022.

Image 394 page 233

MENTZER / MANTZER

1847 Charles L from C Tower Admr book 507 page 279
1848 Charles L from W A Mentzer Book 544 page 109
1847 Cyrus from C L Mentzer book 509 page 594
1856 Cyrus from S Allen Book 753 pae 440
1850 John from J. F. Taylor Book 579 page 303
1852 John from J. Norton Book 627 page 3
1847 Phillip A. from J. Brown Book 507 page 278
1849 William A from C L Mentzer book 555 page 221

Massachusetts, Middlesex County. Grantor Index, I-M 1847-1859. Film #532460 DGS 7445451. Mentzer, 1847 : page 233 (image 394; digitized images, FamilySearch http://www.familysearch.org : viewed online 4 June 2022.

Image 456 page 261
Mentzer
1847 Charles L to C Mentzer bk 509 page 594 – downloaded 1847
1848 Charles L to A Maynard book 525 page 309
1849 Charles L to W A Mentzer book 555 page 221
1849 Charles L to W Miles book 549 page 527
1849 Charles L to W Miles Book 549 page 528
1849 Charles L & al to Fitchburg RR Co book 574 page 252
1850 Charles L to Fitchburg RR Co book 578 page 135
1850 Charles L & Al to Fitchburg RR Co book 578 page 136
1849 Cyrus Gdn to A Maynard book 549 page 507
1849 Cyrus Gdn & al to Fitchburg RR Co book 574 page 252
1849 Cyrus Gdn & al to Fitchburg RR Co book 574 page 252
1850 Cyrus Gdn & al to Fitchburg RR Co book 578 page 136
1850 Cyrus Gdn to Fitchburg RR Co book 578 page 136
1849 George &al Gdn to A. Maynard book 549 page 507
1849 George & al Gdn to Fitchburg R R Co book 574 page 252
1850 George & Al to Fitchburg RR Co book 578 page 136
1850 George Gdn &al to Fitchburg RR Co book 578 pae 136
1849 Hannah A & als Gdn to A. Maynard book 549 page 507
1849 John & al to Fitchburg R R Co book 574 page 252
1850 John & al to Fitchburg R R Co book 578 page 136
1850 John & al to J. F. Taylor book 579 page 381
1850 Orinda & al to Fitchburg R R Co. book 578 page 136
1847 Philip A’s Admr to C.L. Mentzer Book 507 page 279
1849 Rufus & als Gdn to A. Maynard book 549 page 507
1849 Rufus & als Gdn to Fitchburg R R Co book 574 page 252
1850 Rufus & als Gdn to Fitchburg R R Co book 578 page 136
1850 Sarah Gdn & Al to Fitchburg R R Co Book 578 page 136
1849 Sarah A to A. Maynard book 549 page 507

Image 457 – page 262
Mentzer Cont
1849 Sara A & al to Fitchburg RR Co book 574 page 252
1848 William A to C. L. Mentzer book 544 page 109
1849 William A & al to Fitchburg RR Co book 574 page 252
1850 William A & al to Fitchburg RR Co book 578 page 136

Massachusetts, Middlesex County. Grantor Index, I-M 1847-1859. Film #514120 DGS 7445251. Mentzer, 1849 : page 261-262 (Image 456-457); digitized images, FamilySearch http://www.familysearch.org : viewed online 4 June 2022.

Thus, this one ‘bad’ citation led me to quite a few deeds for my MENTZER relatives in Middlesex County, Massachusetts. While I have yet to obtain all of these deeds, let alone cite and transcribe them, I have worked with one deed that identifies the children of my ancestor, Phillip Mentzer.

Image 433 – page 252

Book 574 page 252
Mentzer et al to Fitchburg R. R. Co.

Know all men by these presents
that we, Wm a. Mentzer, Cyrus Mentzer, Charles I Mentzer, John
Mentzer, Rufus Mentzer, and Sarah & George Mentzer, minors by
Cyrus Mentzer guardian
, to the said George and Sarah, all heirs at
law of Phillip . Mentzer, late of Stow in the county of Middlesex
and Commonwealth of Massachusetts deceased
, in consideration of
one hundred dollars to us paid by the Fitchburg R.R. Co. the re-
ceipt whereof is hereby acknowledged, do, by these presents, give,
grant, bargain, sell and convey unto the said Fitchburg R.R. Co.,
their successors and assigns, a certain tract or [messuage] of land sit
uated in said Stow the same being a part of the real estate form-
erly owned by Phillip A. Mentzer, late of said Stow, deceased. Bound-ed
as follows, Beginning at land of Mark Whitcomb, thence run-
ning westerly as the Lancaster and Sterling Branch R.R. is now locat-
ed, to land of Lewis Miles, a distance of about sixty rods, more
or less, a strip of five rods wide or thirty six and one quarter feet
on the north side of the center line as now staked and forty six
and one quarter feet on the south side of said stakes. The
above consideration being in full for the above described lands tak
in and all other damages, which may be caused by the construction
and maintenance of said Branch R.R. over said land. To have and
to hold the above granted premises with the privileges and appur
tenances thereto belonging to the said Fitchburg R.R. Co., successors

page 253
and assigns, to their use and behoof forever. And we the said Wm A.,
Cyrus, Charles, John, Rufus, and Sara & George, our heirs, executors
and administrators do covenant with the said Fitchburg R.R. Co &
successors and assigns, that we are lawfully seized in fee of the afore
granted premises: that they are free from all incumbrances; that we
have good right to sell and convey the same to the said Fitchburg
R.R. Co. their successors and assigns, as aforesaid; and that we will
and our heirs, executors and administrators shall warrant and de
fend the same to the said Fitchburg R.R. Co., their successors and
assigns forever against the lawful claims and demands of all per
sons. In witness whereof, we the said Wm. A., Cyrus, John, Charles,
Rufus, (and Sarah & George Mentzer by Cyrus Mentzer) have here
unto set our hands and seals this the eleventh day of August in
the year of our Lord eighteen hundred and forty nine. William A.
Mentzer, seal. Cyrus Mentzer, seal. Charles L. Mentzer, seal. Rufus
Mentzer, seal. John Mentzer, Seal. Sarah A. Mentzer, Seal. George
Mentzer, seal by Cyrus Mentzer, guardian, seal. Signed, sealed and
delivered in the presence of Elijah Hale. Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Middlesex SS August 11th 1849. Then personally appeared the within named
Cyrus, Charles L. and Rufus Mentzer and acknowledged the within
instrument to be their free act and deed; Before me, Elijah
Hale, Justice of the Peace.
Middlesex SS Nov. 27 1849 Recd & Recorded by
Caleb Hayden Rec

Massachusetts, Middlesex County. Deeds, vol. 573-575. Film #439022 DGS 7441704. Mentzer et al to Fitchburg R.R. Co, Aug 1849 Book 574: page 252-253; digitized images, FamilySearch http://www.familysearch.org : viewed online 4 June 2022.
Massachusetts, Middlesex County. Deeds, vol. 573-575. Film #439022 DGS 7441704. Mentzer et al to Fitchburg R.R. Co, Aug 1849 Book 574: page 252-253; digitized images, FamilySearch http://www.familysearch.org : viewed online 4 June 2022.

This one ‘bad’ citation is leading me to lots of deeds for my MENTZER cousins. I am thankful to the county of Middlesex Massachusetts and FamilySearch for making these early records available from my home. This easy access allowed me to not only update my citation but led me to additional sources to add to my records.

THANK YOU!

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