Monday, December 15, 2014

Amanuensis Monday - Post 247: Letter of Administration for Estate of Simon Gates (1739-1803)

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."

The subject today is the 1803 Letter of Administration appointing the Administratrix of the estate of Simon Gates (1739-1803) of Gardner, Worcester County, Massachusetts in Worcester County Probate File 23252:

The transcription of this record is (handwritten entries in italics):

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SERIES A, Case 23252
Simon Gates

Order dated Apr. 6 1803
Afft filed May 19, 1803

Recorded Vol. 276 Page 144

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WORCESTER ss. April Sixth 1803

The Court of Probate for said County hereby order that
Susanna Gates Administratrix of the
Estate of Simon Gates late of Gardner in
said county deceased, give public notice of her appointment to, and ac-
ceptance of, said trust, by putting up notifications thereof, at two or more
public places in the said town of Gardner and by causing the same
to be published in Thomas's Massachusetts Spy, three weeks successively
within three months from the above date, and to make due return of an orig-
inal advertisement or true copy thereof, on oath, within seven months from
the date hereof, agreeable to law.
                                                       Nath Paine JProb

I the Subscriber am appointed and have accepted the trust of
Administratrix of the Estate ------------------ of
Mr. Simon Gates late of Gardner in the County
of Worcester, deceased, and have given bonds pursuant to law. All persons
indebted to said estate, are hereby called upon to make immediate payment,
and those to whom said estate is indebted, are requested to exhibit their de-
mands for settlement. Gardner April 6 1803
                                       Susanna X Gates

WORCESTER ss. Prob Court Templeton May 19 1803
HEREBY certify, that agreeable to the order of Probate Court of said
County, did within three months from the date of the said order, post up
notifications, similar to the one hereto annexed, at two public dwellinghouses in
Gardner and have caused the same to be published in Thomas's
Massachusetts Spy, three weeks successively as above directed.
                                        Susanna X Gates

WORCESTER ss. Prob. Court Templeton May 19th 1803
personally appeared Susanna Gates administrator
on the estate of Simon Gates late of Gardner in said
County deceased, and made solemn oath to the truth of the above declaration.
                                             Before Nath Paine JP

The source citation for this record is:

Worcester County, Massachusetts, Massachusetts, Worcester County, Probate Files, 1731-1925, Case 23252 Simon Gates Estate, 1803, Letter of Administration; digital images,, ( accessed 12 August 2014); in "Case no 23243-23330, Gates, Sarah-Gay, William, 1731-1881" (images 91-92 of 1069); original records in Worcester County, Mass. Courhouse.

This is the first of several transcriptions from the Estate packet for Simon Gates (1739-1803), my 5th great-grandfather.  He died 11 March 1803 in Gardner, Worcester County, Massachusetts.  

The widow of Simon Gates, Susanna (Reed) Gates (1745-1833), was named the administratrix of Simon's intestate estate on 6 April 1803.  

These records were digitized by FamilySearch from the original probate estate packet in the Worcester County Probate Court in Worcester, Massachusetts.  The papers are also transcribed in the Worcester County Probate Records, 1732-1881, found on Family History Library US/CAN Microfilm.  

Copyright (c) 2014, Randall J. Seaver

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