Monday, February 22, 2016

Amanuensis Monday - Post 308: 1890 Final Judgment on Estate of Sever Torgerson Leland (1804-1889) of Dane County, Wisconsin

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 1890 Final Judgment of the estate of Sever Torgerson Leland (1804-1889) in Dane County, Wisconsin:

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The transcription of this document is (form spaces are underlined, italics for handwritten text):

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State of Wisconsin, County Court for Dane County

In the Matter of the Estate of        } IN PROBATE
Sever Torgerson Leland               }

                                               At December Term 18 90
                                                December 3rd 18 90

Torger S. Leland the administrator of the
Estate of Sever Torgerson Leland

deceased, late of the town of Deerfield in said county of Dane,
having on the 25th day of September 18 90, field in said court his final
accounts as such administrator , together with his petition, praying
among other things for judgment adjusting and allowing his said accounts, and assigning
the residue of said estate to the persons entitled thereto; And on the 25th day of September
18 90 , an Order having been made by said court, that said accounts be examined and adjusted, and
the matters of said petition be decided at the Regular Term of said court, to be held on the First
Tuesday of November 18 90 , at the opening of the Court on that day, or as soon
thereafter as said matter could be heard and that notice thereof be given to all persons interested by
publication of said Order three successive weeks before said Term in the Wisconsin State
Journal a newspaper published in said Dane County; And it appearing by due proof
that due notice by publication of said Order has been given as required by law and said Order.

And, on the 4th day of October 18 89, an order having been duly made by said
Court limiting the time for creditors of the said Sever Torgerson Leeland deceased to
present their claims against said Sever Torgerson Leland deceased, and appointing
time and place, when and where the said Court would receive, examine and adjust such claims; and
due notice having been given, as required by law, and the Order last aforesaid, of the time so limited
for presenting such claims, and of the time and place so appointed for the examination and adjusting
of the same; and the time so limited for the presenting of such claims having expired on the
6th day of May 18 90 , and no claim having
been presented against said Sever Torgerson
Leland deceased and it appearing that the
amount properly chargeable to said administra
tor is Two Thousand eight hundred and sixty
five and 43/100 dollars, that the amount properly
allowed and credited to said administrator is
One hundred and twenty two and 85/100 dollars
that the balance left in the hands of said
administrator is Two thousand Seven hundred

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and forty two and 68/100 dollars.
That the said Sever Togerson Leeland deceased
died leaving him as his only heirs at law
the following, to wit: Torger S. Leland a son
of age, residing at London Dane County State
of Wisconsin, Ole S. Leland a son of age
residing at the same place; Isabel Dykestien
a daughter of age residing at Deerfield in
said County, Anna Woelfer a daughter of
age residing at Waterloo, County of Jeffer-
son in said State, and Mrs. Betsey Leland
the widow of said deceased residing at
London in said County.

Wherefore it is order and Adjudged that
the account of the administrator as stated as afore
said be and the same is hereby allowed:
That the said sum of two Thousand Seven
hundred and forty and 58/100 be assigned and set
over as follows: To the said Torger S. Leeland
one fifty part thereof amounting to five hundred
and forty eight and 11/100 Dollars; to the said Ole
S. Leland one fifth part thereof amounting to
Five hundred and forty eight and 11/100 dollars; to
the said Isabel Dykestien one fifth part thereof
amounting to Five hundred and forty eight
and 11/100 Dollars; to the said Anna Woelfer
one fifth part thereof amounting to Five
hundred and forty eight and 11/100 Dollars; to
the said Betsy Leland one fifth part thereof
amounting to Five hundred and forty eight
and 11/100 Dollars and it is further Ordered that
upon filing the receipts of the persons above

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named for their shares the said administrator
be discharged from any further duty or liability
and that his surities also be discharged from
further obligation on their bond.
Dated the 8th day of December A.D. 1890.
                                                By the Court
                                               J.H. Carpenter

The source citation for this document is:

Dane County, Wisconsin, Dane County Probate Records, Box 112-Box 113, Sever Torgeson Leland estate file, Final Judgment, 1890 (images 414-416 of 1293); "Wisconsin, Wills and Probates, 1800-1987," digital images, ( accessed 9 September 2015); citing original data in Wisconsin County, District and Probate Courts.

Sever Torgerson Leland (1804-1889) died intestate on 29 March 1889 in Deerfield, Dane County, Wisconsin.  His eldest son, Torger S. Leland was appointed administrator of the estate.  No real property was included in the estate.  Much of the personal property was distributed to the heirs shortly after the death.  The debts and credits owed to Sever Torgerson Leland and the money in the house comprised the personal property to be distributed.  The administrator paid the bills for the monument in the cemetery, the funeral charges, the road tax, the publication charges, and prospective expenses.  

Sever Torgerson Leland is the second great-grandfather of my wife, Linda (Leland) Seaver.  He brought his family from Voss in Norway to Deerfield in Dane County, Wisconsin in 1855.  


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