“…the estate of said James Damon of which he died seized…together with all the personal property of which the said James Damon died seized.”
Hampshire MA Registry of Deeds, Book 362 Page 195
It appears to mean that James Damon of Chesterfield, Massachusetts died owning the property. According to the dictionary that‘s right, the word ‘seize’ can mean “to make someone the legal owner of property or goods.”
I have not seen many modern Massachusetts' deeds use the word, but here is an example from a 2000 deed in Florida. It is part of the covenants and warranty paragraph of a Warranty Deed.
“And the grantor hereby covenants with the said grantee that the grantor is lawfully seized of said land…”
Manatee County FL, Book 1659 Page 6643
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