Thursday, March 22, 2018

Seaver's in the News - George W. Seaver's Will is Probated in 1943

It's time for another edition of "Seavers in the News" - a semi-regular feature from the historical newspapers about persons with the surname Seaver that are interesting, useful, fun, macabre, or add information to my family tree database.

This week's entry is from the Sacramento [Calif.] Bee newspaper dated 26 January 1943:

The transcription of the article is:

"Will is Admitted in $70,000 Estate

COLUSA (Colusa Co.), Jan. 26 -- The will of George W. Seaver of Williams was admitted to probate here yesterday, with the bulk of his $70,000 estate going to his brothers and sister-in-law.

"Seaver's will provides that his ranch west of Williams shall go to his brother, Charles F. Seaver, the Seaver home ranch of 530 acres on the Colusa-Princeton Highway to Emma Seaver, wife of Charles F. Seaver; his livestock to L.W. Seaver, and real property in Chico to another brother, John Seaver.

"To his friends, Gus Miller and Jack Storey, the decedent left each an automobile."

The source citation for this article is:

"Will is Admitted in $70,000 Estate," Sacramento [Calif.] Bee, 26 January 1943, page 6, column 4, George W. Seaver estate article; GenealogyBank ( : accessed 22 March 2018), Newspaper Archives.

The article provides the names of George W. Seaver's brothers - Charles F. Seaver, L.W. Seaver and John Seaver, and Charles F. Seaver's wife, Emma Seaver.

George William Seaver (1866-1942), Charles Franklin Seaver (1868-1954), and John Henry Seaver (1863-1949) were the sons of Charles Seaver (1826-1887) and Annie Timoney (1834-1903) of Colusa County, California.  L.W. Seaver is probably Lloyd Wall Seaver (18961958), son of Charles Franklin Seaver and Emma (Middlecamp) Seaver (1870-1958). 

George William Seaver was married to Mattie Anna (Groves) Mears (1873-????) in 1921, and resided in Williams, Colusa County, California.  Apparently, George had no children.  His wife's death date is unknown.

I am a 4th cousin 3 times removed to George William Seaver (1866-1942). 

He was a first cousin to George Washington Seaver (1847-1918), the subject of my George W. Seaver series.  Their grandparents were Robert and Hepsibah (Gilson) Seaver of Brookline, New Hampshire. 


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Chula Vista Genealogical Society Program on Saturday, 24 March 2018

Saturday, 24 March 2018, 1 p.m.
Joint Program with South Bay Historical Society
  “Early Pioneers of South Bay”
at Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library (365 F Street) Auditorium

Our March meeting will be a joint meeting with the South Bay Historical Society. Please note the meeting will be on Saturday March 24  from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

The program “Early Pioneers of South Bay” will consist of three presentations, moderated by Barbara Zaragoza:

*  Connie Rascon Gunther: “The Early Families Of Chula Vista – Reflecting On Our Past.”

*  Victor Contreras: “Bonifacio Lopez: A California Rancher of the 1800’s:”  A theatrical interpretation of a person who actually lived here

*  Joaquin Blanco: “Life and Farming In The Otay Valley.”

Come join us and learn a bit about the area we live in.  Invite your family and friends to join you.

Refreshments will follow the meeting in the back of the Auditorium.


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1702 Birth Record of James Stone (1702-1783) in Groton, Mass. --- Post 404 of Treasure Chest Thursday

It's Treasure Chest Thursday - a chance to look in my digital image files to see what treasures I can find for my family history and genealogy musings.

The treasure today is the 1701/2 birth record of James Stone in Groton, Massachusetts town records:

The birth record for James Stone is the first entry on the right-hand page:

The transcription of the birth record is:

"James Ston the Son of John Stone and Sarah his
wife born at groton Jeneuary 
the 23 1701/"

The source citation for this record is:

Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988, digital images, (, Groton, "Births, Marriages and Deaths," image 432 of 990), James Stone birth entry, 1702.

James Stone (1702-1783) was the 2nd of two children of John and Sarah (Nutting) Stone, born in Groton, Massachusetts.  He married Mary Farwell (1709-1804) in 1726 in Groton, and they had ten children between 1727 and 1750, all born in Groton.  Mary was the daughter of Joseph Farwell (1670-1740) and Hannah Colburn (1673-1741) of Groton, Massachusetts.

James and Mary (Farwell) Stone are my 6th great-grandparents.  I descend through their daughter Abigail Stone (1737-1800) who married Ephraim Sawtell (1735-1800) in 1757 in Groton.


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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Dear Randy: Why Do You Write About Your Personal Genealogy Research?

While at RootsTech waiting in a line, someone recognized me and asked this question.  I know I've answered this question before, but I think my answers may have changed.

The answer is complex - I write these "personal research" blog posts for all of these reasons:

1)  It's "cousin bait" - someone (a cousin) may use a search engine to see if anyone knows something about their ancestor.  I may have written about their ancestor.  They may have information about an ancestor or relative that I don't have.  

2)  It keeps my focus on my ancestral research:

**  For Amanuensis Monday, I transcribe a record I've found for an ancestor.  I then add the Event that the record supports, a source citation, a media item, and an Event Note with the transcribed text to my RootsMagic database.  I collect the Amanuensis Monday posts on my Amanuensis Monday Posts page, thinking that they might help another researcher.  I now have 420 Amanuensis Monday posts, many of them transcriptions of probate and land records that no other researcher has transcribed.

**  For Tombstone Tuesday, I post a photograph of a gravestone that I've taken (or been given permission to post), and tell something about the life of that person.  I don't do these very often any more because I ran out of ancestral gravestone photographs.  There are only 56 Tombstone Tuesday posts.

**  For Tuesday's Tip, I try to provide a tip about online genealogy resources that might help another researcher.  I kind of ran out of good ideas several years ago.  There are 174 posts about Tuesday's Tip.

**  For Wordless Wednesday, I post a family photograph from my own family, and my parents family, and my cousins family, and describe the persons, the setting, the subject.  I may add my own memory about the people, the setting or the photograph.  I add the photograph to my digital photo file folders for the families in the photograph.  If my family members want to see my family photos, I have over 500 of them.

**  For Treasure Chest Thursday, I post a digital image of a record of interest, then transcribe or extract it, and analyze it.  I then add the Event that the record supports, a source citation, a media item and an Event Note to my RootsMagic database.  I have expanded this to Treasure Chest Tuesday where I'm posting a digital image of a record of interest from my wife's family.  There are 496 posts in this category, which includes Tuesday and Thursday posts.

**  For 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks on Friday, I write a biography, in a narrative report form, of an ancestor, consisting of the events of the ancestor's life, the notes about the ancestor in a life sketch format, and the source citations that support the facts and notes provided.  Doing this in a logical sequence (I chose to do it by Ahnentafel number starting with #8, my paternal great-grandfather) helps me focus each week on a specific person, to search for more records for the person, add notes, media and source citations as required to the person, and to make it a more complete and intelligible report.  I am now through the 5th great-grandparents and am working on the 6th great-grandparents.  Since starting this in 2014, I now have 218 biographies in a common format, and am up to #297 in my Ahnentafel.  

**  For Surname Saturday, I focus on one ancestral family line.  Again, this is "cousin bait" of sorts, but it often shows me that I need to do more research on the line.  I try to offer published reference information to help researchers find records for the family line if they are interested.  At present, I've worked my way down to the 9th great-grandmothers.  I have 438 Surname Saturday posts, and am running out of surnames.

**  For Saturday Night Genealogy Fun (SNGF), I try to provide a question or challenge for other bloggers and readers to answer with their own blog post or a comment.  The questions are about all aspects of genealogy - family stories, Facebook memes, genealogy software, fun things, research questions, etc.  There are now 466 SNGF posts.

**  For Best of the Genea-Blogs on Sunday, I try to find the most important (in my judgment) genealogy-related blog posts from the previous week for my busy readers and colleagues to check out.  I also list other Best Of genealogy blog posts each week because those folks deserve recognition also.  There are now 551 Best of the Genea-Blogs posts.

** Then there are the occasional Dear Randy posts answering questions from readers and society colleagues, the nearly weekly "Seavers in the News" posts, the twice weekly Genealogy News Bytes posts,  the weekly Ancestry, FamilySearch and Findmypast online database posts, and more!  

3)  I try to be a good example as a researcher.  Displaying different record types, crafting source citations, analyzing information, and writing about it may help other researchers do similar tasks.  Of course, some of it may be a bad example to others - poorly crafted source citations, missing critical details, etc.

4)  It's blog fodder.  I can always count on the daily themes like these to help me overcome blogger's writer block.  I believe that a genealogy blog should be written daily in order to maintain reader interest.

5)  It's my blog - I can write what I want to and when I want to.  

6)  Doing these posts each week really focuses me on my research - it "advances the ball" toward the goal of a complete and well-sourced database on my ancestral families.  The playing field is very long...I don't see the finish line!

7)  What other questions do my readers and society colleagues have for me to answer?  I like doing them because they are different from the daily theme posts and touch on "why" and "how" rather than my own family research.  Email me, or comment on this post, with questions.


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Linda Receives a Volunteer Award in April 2014 - Post 508 of (Not So) Wordless Wednesday

I'm posting family photographs from my collection on Wednesdays, but they aren't Wordless Wednesday posts like others do - I simply am incapable of having a wordless post.

In April 2014, my wife, Linda, was chosen as "Volunteer of the Year" at Greg Rogers Elementary School in Chula Vista.  She worked with handicapped children once a week teaching swimming at the pool at the school.  The School District had a program and reception to honor the volunteers, and we attended.

1)  Linda with her "boss" (Holly) at the reception:

2)  Linda and I at the reception:

3)  Linda loves the small Cecil Bruner roses - we have two of these rose bushes in front of our house:

More photos next week!


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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Genealogy News Bytes - 20 March 2018

Some of the genealogy news items across my desktop the last four days include:

1)  News Articles:

A Million Children Didn’t Show Up In The 2010 Census. How Many Will Be Missing In 2020?

Intermountain Healthcare to Build Global DNA Registry with 23andMe, MyHeritage, and AncestryDNA Data

New FHISO Draft Standards Released

2)  Record Databases:

Added or Updated Collections - Week of 11 to 17 March 2018

 Added or Updated Record Collections at - Week of 11 to 17 March 2018

3)  Genealogy Education:

 GeneaWebinars Calendar

FamilySearch Classes Presented at RootsTech 2018 Now Online

*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar - Tuesday, 20 March, 5 p.m. PDT:  From Baltimore to Burlington: Hazen P. Day's Neighbors Bring Him Home, by Catherine B. Wiest Desmarais

*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar - Wednesday, 21 March, 11 a.m. PDT: Hands-On With MyHeritage DNA, by Geoff Rasmussen

*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinars - Friday, 23 March, 11 a.m. PDT:  Introduction to DNA Testing in Genealogy and Family History, by Mike Mansfield

Genealogy Gold Podcast:  #170 - Who’s Who in the American Revolution: John Hancock

*  Genealogy Gems Podcast:  Episode 215

*  The Genealogy Guys Podcast:   #340 - 2018 March 16

*  Extreme Genes Podcast:  Episode 162 REWIND – “The Legal Genealogist” On Divorce in the 19th Century

*  MyHeritage YouTube Channel:  Behind the Tribal Quest Pro Bono Project

*  NextGen Genealogy Network YouTube Channel:  Faces of NextGen Live - James Morgan III

*  Lisa Louise Cooke's Genealogy Gems YouTube Channel:  Tips for How to Organize Your Online Life for Genealogy with Lisa Louise Cooke

*  DearMYRTLE YouTube Channel:  Which record is CORRECT?

*  Family History Fanatics YouTube Channel:  What is X-DNA?

*  Genetic Genealogy Ireland YouTube Channel:  Origins of the Irish (Prof James P Mallory)

* YouTube Channel:  Organization: Scanning and Uploading Family Photos

4)  Bargains:

*  Genealogy Bargains for Tuesday, March 20,  2018

5)  Neat Stuff:

Two Sisters From Across the World Reunited Through MyHeritage DNA

*  I used DNA to track down my dad

*  Baseball legend Jim Palmer discovers he was adopted from Irish parents

Did you miss the last Genealogy News Bytes - 16 March 2018?


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The Rest of the George W. Seaver Story - Part VIII: More Family Information

Returning to the George W. Seaver research quest, my research was interrupted by the week at RootsTech and my sickness since then.  When I left for RootsTech, Barry Sheldon continued finding records about the family.  

In this post, I want to show how Barry found more supportive information about George W. Seaver, his parents, Heman Seaver and Lauraetta Pease, his grandparents Warren and Fannie Pease, his aunt, Lucinda R. (Pease) Fields, and his sister, Anna (Seaver) (Sargent) Senter.

When we left the story on 26 February 2018, Barry and I had figured out the identity of George W. Seaver's father.  There are more records that help fill out the timelines for all of these persons.  I will discuss these in chronological order:

1)  The 1845 marriage of Heman Seaver and Laurette Pease:

Heman Seaver wasted no time, marrying Miss Laurette Pease in Cavendish, Vermont on 20 April 1845, as his second wife.  The divorce with Eliza Boynton was effective on 24 December 1844.  As we know, Heman and Lauraetta (Pease) Seaver went to Watertown, Jefferson County, Wisconsin in about 1848 and had two children, George W. Seaver in about 1848 and Anna Seaver in about 1851.  We also know that Heman and Lauraetta Seaver divorced in 1851 in Watertown according to a newspaper record.  We also know that Lauraetta (Pease) Seaver married Gates Ford Frye in 1859 in Lawrence, Mass.  

2)  1850 U.S. Census record for Warren Pease (Rase) household in Watertown, Jefferson county, Wisconsin:

The Pease surname was indexed as "Rase" in this record.  There are the parents and four sisters of Lauretta (Pease) Seaver in the same place that she resided (but was not enumerated) in 1850.

3)  Marriage of Mary A. Pease and Samuel Sargent in 1851 in Boston, Mass.:

Mary A. Pease (age 26, born in Weston, Vt., daughter of Warren Pease) married Samuel Sargent (age 32, a provisioner, born in Bradford N.H., son of Benjamin Sargent) in Boston, Mass. on 24 July 1851.

4)  1860 U.S. Census record for Samuel Sargent and Warren Pease (indexed as Pesa) in Boston, Mass.:

There are two families here:  Samuel and Mary A. (Pease) Sergent with 10-year old daughter Ann, and Warren Pease (indexed as "Pesa") with wife "Hanny R." (Fannie) and daughter Laimda (Lucinda?).  Ann Sargent is probably Ann Seaver, daughter of Heman and Lauraetta (Pease) Seaver.  

5)  1860 U.S. Census for Gates Frye in Troy, Waldo County, Maine:

This record, on two pages, shows the Gates F. Frye household with the Charles Hall household in Troy, Maine.  The Frye household includes Laurett Frye (age 32, born Maine, this is certainly Lauraetta (Pease) (Seaver) Frye), with Miner Frye (age 14, born Maine), and Geo. W. Frye (age 12, born Maine).  Miner Frye is the son of Gates Frye and his first wife.  Since Lauraetta (Pease) Seaver married Gates Frye in 1859, I think that Geo. W. Frye above is really George W. Seaver, son of Heman and Lauretta (Pease) Seaver.

6)  1865 Massachusetts State Census for Gates F. Frye in Lawrence, Mass.

In 1865, the Gates F. Frye (age 55, born Mass., a mason) household was enumerated in the Massachusetts State Census in Lawrence, Mass.  The household included Laurietta F. Frye (age 37, born Vt.), Miner Frye (age 19, born Mass.), and George W. Seaver (age 17, born Wisconsin, indexed as Leaver). 

7)  The 1892 death notice for Anna (Sargent) Senter provides additional information about her:

This death notice indicates that Anna (Sargent) Seaver was the adopted daughter of Samuel Sargent.  Who were her parents?  In Part VII, I highlighted the death record of  Anna (Sargent) Senter that said her parents were Heman and Lauretta Pease.   These two records support the hypothesis that Anna (Seaver) (Sargent) Senter was the daughter of Heman and Lauretta (Pease) Seaver, born in Watertown, Wisconsin in 1849.  She was probably adopted by Samuel and Mary Ann (Pease) Sargent after their marriage in 1851. 

8)  The obituary of Lucinda R. Fields in Honolulu, Hawaii provides additional information about Lucinda R. (Pease) Fields, the aunt of George W. Seaver:

9)  A death record for Lucinda R. Fields was found in Hawaii Death and Burials records:

The death record has the wrong father's name (Charles, instead of Warren, Lucinda had a brother named Charles!) and the wrong mother's name (Tannie Bell instead of Fannie B.).  But this is definitely Lucinda R. (Pease) Fields, widow of Rev. Alexander N. Fields.  Note from the obituary that she had a daughter, Fannie B. (Fields) West.

10)  I have a few more records from Barry, but the above are the ones that impact the family of George W. Seaver and the search for his parents.

11)  Again, Barry Sheldon has played an integral part in this research.  He has different methods and access to other record collections than I have.  Bouncing ideas and hypotheses and conclusions off each other via email has gotten us this far.  I think that Barry and I have solved all of the puzzles related to George W. Seaver and his parents by working together.  Thank you, Barry!

12)  I'm not done yet.  I want to update the timeline for George W. Seaver, his wife, his mother and his father.  I need to add all of the available data to the profiles for these people in my RootsMagic family tree, my Ancestry Member Tree and the FamilySearch Family Tree. I smell a case study presentation coming on, also!


* Seavers in the News -- George W. Seaver Disappears in 1899 about a man disappearing from his home in Santa Monica, California (posted 1 February 2018)

The Rest of the George W. Seaver Story - Part I: Newspaper Articles about George's disappearance (posted 5 February 2018)

The Rest of the George W. Seaver Story - Part II: More Newspaper Articles about George and his wife, Lida J. Crocker (posted 7 February 2018)

* The Rest of the George W. Seaver Story - Part III: Census Entries with census records(posted 8 February 2018)

* Seavers in the News - Vice President George W. Seaver Drives a Horse Car with a story and photo of George in Santa Monica in 1904 (posted 8 February 2018)

The Rest of the George W. Seaver Story - Part IV: Military Records with military and personal information from Disabled Volunteer Soldiers home records (posted 9 February 2018)

 The Rest of the George W. Seaver Story - Part V: Timeline for his Life provides information about George's life in chronological order (posted 15 February 2018).

 The Rest of the George W. Seaver Story - Part VI: Searching for "Aunt" Lucinda Fields provides information about Lucinda's family and the link to George's mother.

*  The Rest of the George W. Seaver Story - Part VII: What Was His Father's Name? provides infor
mation about the identity of George's father, Heman Seaver.


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Treasure Chest Tuesday - 1940 Draft Registration Record of Lee Severt Leland in San Francisco

This week's Tuesday's Treasure is the 1940 Draft Registration  record of Lee Severt Leland in San Francisco, California:

The extracted information from this Draft Registration Card is:

*  Serial Number:   1814
*  Name:  Lee Severt Leland
*  Order Number:  1335
*  Address:  1295 15th Ave., #12, San Francisco, California
*  Telephone:  Overland 3985
*  Age in Years:  29, Date of birth: 8-19-1911
*  Birthplace:  Gardner, Montana
*  Country of Citizenship:  U.S.A.
*  Name of Person Who Will Always Know Your Address:  Edna May Leland
*  Relationship of that Person:  Wife
*  Address of that Person:  1295 15th Ave., San Francisco, Calif.
*  Employer's Name:  Standard Stations, Inc.
*  Place of Employment or Business:  265 Bush St., San Francisco, Calif.
*  I Affirm That I Have Verified Above Answers and That They Are True:  /s/ Lee Severt Leland

*  Race:  White
*  Height:  6 ft
*  Eyes:  Brown
*  Weight:  180
*  Hair:  Black
*  Complexion:  Dark

*  Date of Registration:  Oct. 16, 1940

The source citation for this record is:

"WWII Draft Registration Cards for California, 10/16/1940 - 03/31/1947," indexed database with digital image, Fold3 ( : accessed 19 March 2018), San Francisco County, Draft Board 95, Serial No. 1814, Lee Severt Leland registration, 16 October 1940; citing Records of the Selective Service System, 1926–1975, Record Group 147. National Archives and Records Administration, St Louis, Missouri.

Lee Severt Leland (1911-2002) is my wife's father, who was born in Gardiner, Montana to Severt Oliver and Amelia Anna (Brocke) Leland.  He married Edna May Schaffner (1913-1979) in 1937 in San Francisco.


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Monday, March 19, 2018

Monday Genea-Pourri - 19 March 2018

Here are some of my family history and genealogy related activities over the past two weeks:

Although we have been home from RootsTech for two weeks, Linda and I have been sick ever since, and are still exhausted from coughing and napping.  We think we are better, but still not up to normal. This has significantly reduced my research and writing time so that I have done little but blogging in the past week.  I did attend the CVGS Research Group meeting last Wednesday but it wiped me out and I can't recall much of it!  

2)  We had only seven attendees at the CVGS Research Group meeting on Wednesday, with several of our regulars missing due to illness.  I tried to share what I learned at RootsTech, and showed them how to access the RootsTech keynote and class videos available at

3)  I managed to update the RootsTech 2018 Blog Compendium - Last UPDATED 19 March post every day.  We now have 56 geneabloggers on the list.

4)  I participated in the 17 March Surname Society Conference ( as one of five presenters during the day.  My talk was "Using FamilySearch Digital Microfilm to Find Genealogical Records" that described how to access the 77% of digitized records on FamilySearch that are not indexed.  It should be available on in the future.  I didn't sleep well the night before this talk, and took an hour-long nap in the morning in order to be lucid.  I had my cough medicine at the ready but didn't cough once!  I was exhausted afterwards.  My thanks to Marian Pierre-Louis for the technical expertise and Kirsty Gray and the Surname Society for the opportunity.  I am a member of the Society.

5)  I participated in the 19 March edition of the Mondays With Myrt webinar.  In today's webinar, we discussed the website, which has an overlay capability of older maps with current maps.  Pat Kuhn received an Ancestry message that she has the wrong photo attached to her relative Austin Van Billiard, who died on the Titanic in 1912.  We discussed this for quite awhile, trying to figure out if the message was real or right.  We still don't know.  Dave Robison was asked how he promotes his local society, and Pat wrote them down on a whiteboard.  Others with local society experience chimed in too.  Hillary Gadsby described the Surname Society annual conference, and I summarized what I presented as did Pat Richley-Erickson.  Pat then highlighted several of the recent news items, especially the GDPR law.

6)  I had two new AncestryDNA close matches last week - they are both first cousins twice removed.  I corresponded with their father several times.  Their mother's father was adopted, and the hope is that the DNA test would locate siblings or relatives of the birth parents of the mother's father.  This is the closest I've come to helping with an adoption and birth parent discovery in my own family.

7)  I have 265 Shared Ancestors on my AncestryDNA list (I had 264 last week), 784 4th cousins or closer (up from 783 last week), and 691 pages (over 34,500 matches with at least 5 cM) (was 681 pages last week) of  matches.  I have 12 matches that are third cousins or closer, and 90 matches with 34 cM (0.5%) or more (was 90 last week).  My highest match has 779 cM (11.5%), and is one of my first cousins.  I have 18 DNA Circles (up from 15 two weeks ago). There were no new close matches (both first cousins twice removed).  Very few of the new matches have an Ancestry Member Tree.

8)  I have 3,249 DNA Matches on MyHeritage (up from 3,101 last week) with at least 8 cM (0.1%), with 26 matches with more than 34 cM (0.5%) or more (was 25 last week).  I have two close relatives, both first cousins twice removed.  The highest match is 293 cM (4.0%).  Most of my  matches have very small trees with no common ancestors shown.

9)  I have 1,097 DNA Relatives on 23andMe (I had 1,097 last week) who share at least 0.10% with me.  Of these, only 1 shares 1.0% or more, and 38 share 0.50% or more (was 38 last week), with the highest match being 1.54%.  I struggle to find out anything about most of these testers.

10)  I have 2,475 autosomal DNA Matches on FamilyTreeDNA (up from 2,464 last week) who share 0.25% (18 cM) or more, with the highest match being 96 cM (1.42%).  I have 12 who share at least 1.0% (68 cM) with me, and 1,335 who share at least 0.50% (34 cM) or more (was 1,332 last  week) with me.  I have had better luck finding shared ancestors here with a few of these testers.

11) There were occasional sessions working in RootsMagic to update FamilySearch Family Tree profiles for Seaver families and other database families, with occasional additions to the RootsMagic profiles. I have matched 22,971 of my persons with FSFT.  I now have 49,740 persons in my RootsMagic file.   I TreeShared several times during the last week.  There were also several sessions in Ancestry Hints to add content and source citations for the new RootsMagic profile additions.   I've fallen behind on the Record Hints with 58,914 waiting to be resolved, but I'm working on them.  Every time I add something to RootsMagic and TreeShare, the Hints multiply.  


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Amanuensis Monday - Probate Records for Estate of John Plimpton (1680-1730) of Medfield, Mass. - Part 1

This week's documents for Amanuensis Monday are from the Suffolk County, Massachusetts Probate Court records for John Plimpton (1680-1730) of Medfield, Massachusetts:

a)  Volume 27, pages 540-541:

The transcription of the Letter of Administration and Inventory of John Plimpton is:

[page 540]

Josiah Willard Esq Commissioned by his Excellency William Burnet
Esq Capt General and Governour in Chief in and over his Majestys Province
of the Massachusetts Bay in New England deceased & Continued by the Hon^ble
William Dumoner Esq Commander in Chief of the same by and with the
advice and Consent of the Council to be Judge of the Probate of Wills &c for
Granting Letters of Administration on the Estates of persons deceased
having Goods Chattels Rights or Credits in the County of Suffolk in the Province
aforesaid. To Susannah Plimpton Widow and John Plimpton Hysbandman
both of Medfield in the County aforesaid Greeting. Whereas John Plimpton
late of Medfield aforesaid Husbandman deceased having while he Lived &
at the time of his decease Goods Chattels Rights or Credits in the County
aforesaid lately dyed Intestate, whereby the power of Committing Admi-
nistration and full disposition of all & singular the Goods Chattels Rights
& Credits of the said deceased, and also the hearing Examining and allowing
the accompt of such Administration doth apperatain unto me Trusting
therefore in your care & fidelity, I do by these presents committ unto you
full power to administer all and singular the Goods, Chattels, Rights & Credits
of the said deceased. And well and faithfully to Dispose of the same according
to Law, and also to Gather levy Recover and Receive all and whatsoever
Credits of the said deceased which to him while he Lived and att the time of his
Death did appertain and to pay all Debts in which the said deceased stood
Bound so far as his Goods Chattels Rights & Credits can Extend According to
the value Thereof, And to make a true and perfect Inventory of all and
singular the Goods Chattels Rights & Credits, And to Exhibit the same into
the Registry of the Court of Probate for the County aforesaid at or before
the seventh day of July next Ensuing, and to Render a plain & true

[page 541]

Accompt of your said Administration upon Oath at or before the seventh
day of April which will be in the year of our Lord one Thousand seven hundred
& Thirty one, And I do hereby ordain Constitute and appoint you Admin^rs of all
and singular the Goods Chattels Rights & Credits aforesaid. In Testimony
whereas I have hereunto set my hand and the seal of the said Court of Probate
Dated at Boston the seventh day of April Anno Domini 1730.
John Boydell Reg^r                                            J. Willard

A True Inventory of the Estate of John Plimpton late of Medfield deced
as I was apprized by the subscribers hereunto March 10^th 1730.

To money and Bills of Credit & Bonds 45 – 16 - 11
To Cloathing Books and armes & several Book Debts 45 – 09 - 10
To Beds & Bedding sheets and Linnen and wool 44 - 2 -
To Pewter Earthen Brass & Iron & wooden ware in the house 30 -
To Provision Corn and Meat a stock of Leather and shoemakers tools 47 – 19 -
To a Cart and plow Chains Axes & other Husbandry Tools 21 - 6 -
To the stock oxen Horses Cows Sheep and swine 87 -
To the Buildings & homelot of both sides the way 190 -
To 12 acres of Pine swampy Meadow by Stop River 80 -
To 5 acres of Meadow lying in three pcells 85 -
To 25 acres of wood Land lying on the south side of Stop River 77 -
To 8 acres of swamp and Upland near Wheelers Bottom 25 -
To that pcell of plow Land near Lieut Plimptons
& also 2 acres of Cedar swamp 1 Acre more of swamp
34 -
To 7 acres & a half of Upland in 3 pcells & also 5 acres of Devident Land 26 -
To the Common Rights in Wrentham some laid out some not 13 - 10
To the fiftieth part of the Rights in New Medfield so called 25 -             
                                        Samuel Smith
                                        Ebenezer Mason
                                        Henry Harding
£879 – 3 - 9

Suffolk Ss. By the Hon^ble Josiah Willard Esq Judge of pro:&c

Susannah Plimpton & John Plimpton, Adm^rs presented the foregoing and
made Oath that it Contains a true and perfect Inventory of the Estate of
John Plimpton late of Medfield Husbandman deceased so far as hath come
to their Knowledge and that if more hereafter appear they will Cause it
to be added. The Three subscribing Apprizers were at the same time sworn as
the Law Directs.
Boston April 7th 1730       Exam^d: Ss John Boydell Reg^r         J. Willard

The source citation for this record is:

"Massachusetts, Wills and Probate Records, 1635-1991," indexed database with digital images, (, : accessed 5 November 2017); Suffolk County, "Probate Records, V. 27-28, 1729-1731," Volume 27, pages 540-541 (image 281 of 586), John Plimpton, 1730, letter of administration and inventory; Original images in Suffolk County [Mass.] Probate Court.

John Plimpton (1680-1730) died intestate on 19 Janaury 1730 with a significant estate in Medfield, Suffolk County, Massachusetts.  He left a widow, Susannah (Draper) Plimpton, and four children, two of them over age 21 and two under age 10.  The Letter of Administration appointed the widow, Susannah Plimpton and the oldest son, John Plimpton as Administrators of the estate.  An inventory of the estate was taken on 10 March 1730, and totals £879-3-9, of which £567-10 is real estate.  The Letter of Administration is dated 7 April 1730.

This is the first of several transcriptions from this estate.  

Since I found the image of this record first on, I have cited it.  However, it was not found by a search by the person's name - it was found by searching the Probate Docket Index on Ancestry to find all of the papers for John Plimpton in the probate court clerk volumes.  There were no index entries for this particular John Plimpton.  

The same process can be used on FamilySearch in the digital microfilms - use the Probate Docket Index for the county, note the volumes and page numbers for each record type, and then find the individual pages in the noted volumes.

Since I found these pages, the American Ancestors website has the original probate file papers available in digital format on their website, which can be searched by name.  There are 32 papers in the John Plimpton estate file number 5941.

John Plimpton (1680-1730) is my 7th great-grandfather, through his son John Plimpton (1708-1756).  


NOTE:  Genea-blogger John Newmark (who writes the excellent  TransylvanianDutch blog) started a Monday blog theme years ago called "Amanuensis Monday."  John offers this definition for "amanuensis:" 

"A person employed to write what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another."

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