Index to Deeds: 3 Gloucester

The following is an index to property transfer deeds and easements recorded at the Suffolk County Deed Registry from the original land purchase until conversion of the building into condominium units.  Mortgages, trust agreements, and other similar recorded documents are not included.  This index is intended as a guide only; actual deeds should be reviewed for details.

NOTE: The deed recorded in Book 7413, page 1 (30Jul1959) incorrectly states that the the property is 2,160 square feet in size.  This inaccuracy – which is repeated in all subsequent deeds — is based on a calculation of the property being 40 feet (N-S) by 54 feet (E-W), omitting a three foot wide strip at the rear (East boundary) of the property acquired on August 1, 1873. In fact, the property is 2,280 square feet in size, based on 40 feet (N-S) by 57 feet (E-W), as correctly stated in the deed recorded in Book 7351, page 404 (29Oct1958) and in earlier deeds.

Transfers of Land and Buildings
Date of Deed Grantor Grantee Book Page
15Sep1981 Paul G. Roiff, successor trustee, Three Gloucester Realty Trust The Three Gloucester Street Condominium 9840 200
01Aug1978 Eleanor R. Gould Robert I. Weisberg and R. Bruce MacDougall, trustees, Three Gloucester Street Realty Trust 9082 205
09Jul1976 Charles H. Gould (foreclosure of mortgage given by Selma D. Kagan, trustee, to James Gould, and assigned by him to Charles H. Gould) Eleanor R. Gould 8884 425
29May1969 James Gould Selma H. Kagan, trustee, Bels Realty Trust 8286 334
01Aug1968 Edward H. Mank and Alan B. Rice, trustees, Three Gloucester Street Trust James Gould 8219 466
17May1963 Saul A. Shuman Edward Mank, Jack Ostrer, and Robert R. Mezer, trustees, Three Gloucester Street Trust 7745 216
21Jun1962 Willis Frank and Sherman I. Frank, trustees, Willshire Realty Trust Saul A. Shuman 7656 521
30Jul1959 Stuart H. Hastings and Joseph A. Gautreau Willis Frank and Sherman I. Frank, trustees, Willshire Realty Trust 7413 1
29Oct1958 John T. Hayes and Old Colony Trust Company, executors of the will of Virginia W. Frothingham Stuart H. Hastings and Joseph A. Gautreau 7351 404
04Nov1953 Kathleen M. Morrissey Virginia W. Frothingham, wife of Huntington W. Frothingham 6913 122
04Nov1953 Virginia W. Frothingham, formerly Virginia W. Lavalle Kathleen M. Morrissey 6913 120
03Jul1937 George P. Denny and Charlotte H. Denny, his wife, in her own right Virginia Wilson Lavalle 5676 579
09Jun1919 Thomas Russell Charlotte H. Denny 4143 405
23Mar1897 James H. Reed; Charles A. Morss, Jr., and Martha H. Morss, his wife, in her own right; and John R. Bradlee and Katharine S. Bradlee, his wife, in her own right Thomas Russell 2429 561
28Sep1874 Frederic H. Moore (one-half undivided interest, lot with 40 foot frontage and dwelling house) James H. Reed 1310 62
23Jul1873 Samuel T. Ames (one-half undivided interest, lot with 40 foot frontage and dwelling house) James H. Reed 1169 314
Transfers of Unimproved Land: 3-5-7 Gloucester were built on a lot with a 112 foot frontage on Gloucester and a 54 foot frontage on Marlborough.  After they were built, the owners of the houses acquired a three foot wide strip at the rear of their properties, increasing the depth (east-west) to 57 feet.
Transfer of Unimproved Land: Lot with a 112 foot frontage on Gloucester and a 54 foot frontage on Marlborough.
Date of Deed Grantor Grantee Book Page
01Feb1873 Martin S. Hall, Joseph Sawyer, and Edward C. Wilson, trustees under the will of Joshua Stetson (lot with 54 foot frontage on Marlborough) Samuel T. Ames and Frederic H. Moore 1144 267
20Apr1866 J. Templeman Coolidge, Franklin Evans, and Charles Henry Parker, trustees (lot with 24 foot frontage) Joshua Stetson 1078 13
20Apr1866 J. Templeman Coolidge, Franklin Evans, and Charles Henry Parker, trustees (lot at corner of Gloucester and Marlbroough with 30 foot frontage on Marlborough) Joshua Stetson 1077 263
29Jan1866 Boston Water Power Company J. Templeman Coolidge, Franklin Evans, and Charles Henry Parker, trustees 871 183
Transfer of Unimproved Land: 3 foot wide lot between 3 Gloucester and 323 Marlborough
Date of Deed Grantor Grantee Book Page
01Aug1873 Samuel T. Ames (3 foot by 40 foot strip of land) Frederic H. Moore and James H. Reed 1172 105
13Feb1873 William Gaston (lot with 48 foot frontage) Samuel T. Ames 1146 167
05Jun1869 Charles U. Cotting (lot with 48 foot frontage) William Gaston 968 33
20Apr1866 J. Templeman Coolidge, Franklin Evans, and Charles Henry Parker, trustees (lot with 24 foot frontage) Charles U. Cotting 878 11
20Apr1866 J. Templeman Coolidge, Franklin Evans, and Charles Henry Parker, trustees (lot with 24 foot frontage) Charles U. Cotting 878 9
29Jan1866 Boston Water Power Company J. Templeman Coolidge, Franklin Evans, and Charles Henry Parker, trustees 871 183
Easement: The original deeds for the houses at 3-5 Gloucester included a three foot wide easement at the rear (east boundary) to provide passage and drainage to the alley for 3-5-7 Gloucester.  On August 1, 1873, after the houses were built, the owners acquired an additional three foot strip to the east, which also included an easement for passage and drainage, creating a six foot wide easement.  On the same day, the owners agreed to eliminate the earlier easement so that the passageway would be three feet wide at the eastern boundary of their property.
Agreement by owners of 3-5-7 Gloucester to reduce easement from 6 to 3 feet in width
Date Party One Party Two Party Three Book Page
01Aug1873 James B. Ames (owner of 7 Gloucester) John Burbank (owner of 5 Gloucester) Frederick H. Moore and James H. Reed (owners of 3 Gloucester) 1184 232
Transfers of three foot strip of land between 3-5-7 Gloucester and 323 Marlborough with three foot easement at 3-5 Gloucester to provide passage and drainage to the alley for 3-5-7 Gloucester
Date of Deed Grantor Grantee Book Page
01Aug1873 Samuel T. Ames (3 foot by 40 foot strip of land at 3 Gloucester) Frederic H. Moore and James H. Reed 1172 105
01Aug1873 Samuel T. Ames (3 foot by 22 foot 6 inch strip of land at 5 Gloucester) John Burbank 1172 105
01Aug1873 Samuel T. Ames (3 foot by 49 foot 6 inch strip of land at 7 Gloucester) James B. Ames 1172 104
Transfers of land and buildings with three foot easement at rear (east boundary) of 3-5 Gloucester to provide passage and drainage to the alley for 3-5-7 Gloucester
Date of Deed Grantor Grantee Book Page
28Sep1874 Frederic H. Moore (one-half undivided interest, lot with 40 foot frontage and dwelling house at 3 Gloucester) James H. Reed 1310 62
23Jul1873 Samuel T. Ames (one-half undivided interest, lot with 40 foot frontage and dwelling house at 3 Gloucester) James H. Reed 1169 314
01Feb1873 Samuel T. Ames and Frederic H. Moore (lot with 22 foot 6 inch frontage and dwelling house at 5 Gloucester) John Burbank 1144 270
01Feb1873 Samuel T. Ames and Frederic H. Moore (lot with 49 foot 6 inch frontage and dwelling house at 7 Gloucester) James Barr Ames 1144 269