Thursday, July 18, 2013

Treasure Chest Thursday - 1838 Guardianship Record for Isaac Seaver 3rd

It's Treasure Chest Thursday - time 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 1838 guardianship record for Isaac Seaver of Westminster, Massachusetts (second item on the page below):

The transcription of this typescript is:

Case A-52855                 Abigail Seaver et als.                    Nomination

To the Hon. Ira Barton/Judge of Probate for the County of Worcester.

This certifies that Isaac Seaver 3d a minor above the age of fourteen years and Son of Benjamin Seaver late of Westminster in said County deceased This day came before me the Subscriber one of the Justices of the Peace for said County and made choice of Jeremiah K. Gates of said Westminster yeoman to be his Guardian.

Dated at Westminster the nineteenth day of February A.D. 1838.

                                                 Simeon Sanderson Justice of the Peace

A true record.
Attest:                                       George H. Harlow

The source citation for this guardianship record is:

Worcester County, Massachusetts Probate Court Records, 1731-1916, Probate Records, Volumes 204-206 (1740-1860), Volume 205, Page 462, Isaac Seaver Nomination of Guardian; accessed on FHL microfilm US/CAN 0,860,639.

The original paper of this guardianship record can be found in Probate Packet A-52855 Abigail Seaver et als at the Worcester County Court House in Worcester, Mass.

Isaac Seaver's father, Benjamnin Seaver, died in 1825.  Abigail (Gates) Seaver, Isaac's mother, was appointed guardian of her minor children after Benjamin's death.  In 1832, Abigail (Gates) Seaver married (2) Isaac Seaver 2d (Benjamin's brother, 1802-1870), and had two children by him in 1834 and 1837.  Massachusetts law at this time permitted minors aged 14 and older to choose their own guardian, so Isaac nominated his mother's brother, Jeremiah Knowlton Gates (1808-1845) to be his guardian.  Jeremiah Knowlton Gates resided with his family in Gardner, Massachusetts, the town to the west of Westminster, Massachusetts.

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