Friday, May 27, 2022

52 Ancestors - Week 433: #85 Elizabeth "Betty" Noad (c1767-1814) of Trowbridge, Wiltshire, England

 William Rich (1766-1835) is #84 on my Ahnentafel  List, my 4th great-grandfather, who   marrie#85 Elizabeth "Betty" Noad in 1788 in Trowbridge, Wiltshire, England.

I am descended through:

* their son, #42 John Rich (1790-1868) who married #43 Rebecca Hill (1790-1863) in 1815.
*  their daughter, #21 Hannah Rich (1824-1911) who married #20 James Richman (1821-1912) in 1845.
*  their son, #10 Thomas Richman/Richmond (1848-1917) who married #11 Julia E. White (1848-1913) in 1868.
* their daughter, #5 Alma Bessie Richmond (1882-1962)  who married #4 Frederick Walton Seaver (1876-1942) in 1900.
* their son #2 Frederick Walton Seaver (1911-1983) who married #3 Betty Virginia Carringer (1919-2002) in 1942.
* their son #1 Randall Jeffrey Seaver (1943-living)

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1)  PERSON (with source citations as indicated in brackets):
 

*  Name:                   Elizabeth "Betty" Noad
*  Alternate Name:   Betty Noad[1]
*  Alternate Name:  Elizabeth Rich[2]

*  Sex:                      Female

*  Father:                 William Noad 1728-????    
*  Mother:               Grace Crabb 1728-1769 

2)  INDIVIDUAL EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):

*  Birth:                   about 1767, Trowbridge, Wiltshire, England

*  Death:                 before 27 November 1814 (before age 69), Trowbridge, Wiltshire, England[2]
*  Burial:                27 November 1814 (after age 46), Trowbridge, Wiltshire, England[2]

3)  SHARED EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):

*  Spouse 1:           William Rich (1766-1835)
*  Marriage:           27 January 1788 (after age 19), St. James, Trowbridge, Wiltshire, England[1]

*  Child 1:             John Rich 1790-1868
*  Child 2:             Mary Rich 1793-    
*  Child 3:             Robert Rich 1797-1864
*  Child 4:             Ruth Rich 1799-1887
*  Child 5:             Leucretia Rich 1802-    
*  Child 6:             Martha Rich 1805-1814

4)  NOTES (with source citations as indicated in brackets):  

Elizabeth "Betty" Noad was born about 1767 in Trowbridge, Wiltshire, probably a daughter of William and Grace (Crabb) Noad.  Her baptism was not recorded in the Trowbridge church parish records.  

Betty Noad (1767-1814), spinster of Trowbridge, married William Rich (1766-1835), bachelor of Trowbridge, by banns  on 27 January 1788 in Trowbridge St. James with St. Stephen church[1].  John Noad and Thomas Tyrrell were witnesses. They had at least six children, all born and recorded in Trowbridge:

*  John Rich (1790-1868), married 14 February 1815 Rebecca Hill (1790-1863) in Hilperton, Wiltshire.
*  Mary Rich (1793-????), married 1 May 1809 John Hillier (1791-1816) in Trowbridge.
*  Robert Rich (1797-1864), married 29 April 1822 Jane Hulbert (1794-1843) in Trowbridge.
*  Ruth Rich (1799-1887), married 5 August 1822 James Burgess (1789-1859) in Winsley, Wiltshire.
*  Leucretia Rich (1802-????).
*  Martha Rich (1805-1814).

Elizabeth Rich died before 27 November 1814 in Trowbridge, Wiltshire at age 40 (according to the record), when she was buried in the St. James with St. Stephen church yard[2].

NOTE:  The placing of Elizabeth "Betty" Noad as the daughter of William and Grace (Crabb) Noad is supported by the presence of this family in the mid-1760s (five other children were baptized there) and Grace Noad's death in 1769.  The distinctive signature of witness John Noad on the marriage record is essentially the same as the signature of widower John Noad on his marriage record in 1833; John was a son of William and Grace (Crabb) Noad.  The placing of John Rich (1790-1868) as a son of William and Elizabeth "Betty " (Noad) Rich is supported by the baptism record of John Rich in 1790 in Trowbridge, and that William and Elizabeth "Betty" Rich married in 1788 in Trowbridge.  This is the author's current thinking and is subject to change if new information is obtained.

5)  SOURCES

1. "Wiltshire, England, Church of England Marriages and Banns, 1754-1916," indexed database with record images, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com), Trowbridge St. James with St. Stephen > 1782-1801, page 275 (image 167 of 204), William Rich, batchelor, and Betty Noad, spinster, marriage entry, 27 January 1788.

2. "Wiltshire, England, Church of England Deaths and Burials, 1813-1916," indexed database with digital images, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com, Trowbridge, St. James and St. Stephen > 1813-1829, page 35 (image 42 of 318), Elizabeth Rich, age 40, wife of William, entry, 27 November 1814.

NOTE:  This genealogical sketch is out of Ahnentafel order because I found new information linking #42 John Rich to his parents, William and Elizabeth "Betty" (Noad) Rich.  

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NOTE: In 2014, Amy Johnson Crow suggested a weekly blog theme of "52 Ancestors" in her blog post 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks on the No Story Too Small blog. I have extended this theme in 2022 for a ninth year to 468 Ancestors in 468 Weeks. The (incomplete) list of 52 Ancestors biographies from my great-grandparents to the 7th great-grandparents (in work) is in https://www.geneamusings.com/p/ancestor-biographies.html.

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Thursday, May 26, 2022

Seavers in the News -- Charles H. Seaver (1880-1964) Dies in Poughkeepsie, New York

 Here is this week's edition of "Seavers in the News" - a weekly feature from the historical newspapers about persons with the surname Seaver that are interesting, useful, mysterious, fun, macabre, or add information to my family tree database.

This week's entry is from the Poughkeepsie [N.Y.] Journal newspaper dated 23 March 1964, page 18:

The transcription of the article is:

"Charles Seaver, 84, Former Book Editor  

" Charles H. Seaver, 84, a churchman and editor, died here on Saturday.  

"Mr. Seaver had been head of the textbook department of the Macmillan Company and book editor for the National Association of Manufacturers. He was a charter member of the department of church and economic life of the National Council of Churches and a permanent member of its policy committee. 

"Between 1952 and 1960 Mr. Seaver served as consulting editor for a council series on ethics and the economics of society.  

"A life-long member of the Congregational Christian Churches, he served their Council for Societal Action as a member of the international relations committee from 1944 to 1954. 

"Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Grace Kelley Seaver; two daughters, Mrs. William R. Perdue of Sands Point, L.I., and Mrs. James E. Russell of Washington, and five grandchildren."

The source citation is:

"Charles Seaver, 84, Former Book Editor," Poughkeepsie [N.Y.] Journal newspaper, Monday, 23 March 1964, page 18, column 5, Charles Seaver obituary; Newspapers.com   (https://www.newspapers.com : accessed 25 May 2022).

This obituary identifies his death date and place, living family members, occupation and accomplishments, and church association.

Charles Hill Seaver (1880-1964) was born 21 November 1880 in Wyoming, New York, the son of DeWitt Clinton and Catherine M. (Hill) Seaver.  He died 21 March 1964 in Poughkeepsie, New York.  He married to Grace Cushing Kelley (1890-1970) on 9 July 1914 in Wyoming, New York, and they had three children:

*  Robert Alden Seaver (1915-1922).
*  Ruth Loraine Seaver (1917-1990), married 1947 William Roscoe Purdue (1913-1998).
*  Jane Seaver (1920-1969), married 1942 James Earl Russell (1916-1975).

Charles Hill  Seaver (1880-1964) is a 4th cousin 4 times removed of mine.  Our most recent common Seaver ancestor is my 7th great-grandfather Joseph Seaver (1672-1754).

There are over 10,000 Seaver "stories" in my family tree - and this was one of them.   Life happens, accidentally and intentionally, and sometimes a person contributes to his profession and church in good ways  I am glad that I can honor Charles Hill Seaver today.  

You never know when a descendant or relative will find this blog post and learn something about their ancestors or relatives, or will provide more information about them to me.

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Treasure Chest Thursday - 1788 Marriage of William Rich and Betty Noad in Trowbridge, Wiltshire

  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 1788 marriage entry for William Rich and Betty Noad in the Trowbridge, Wiltshire parish records:

The marriage entry is the first entry at the top of the page:

The transcription of this record is::

"No. 1022 William Rich Batchelor of this Parish
& Betty Noad Spinster of this Parish
                                                            were
Married in this Church by Banns
this 27th Day of Jan'y in the Year One Thousand seven Hundred
and  eighty eight   By me John Batchelor curate
This Marriage was solemnized between Us  W'm Rich's Mark X
                                                                               Betty Noad's Mark  +
In the Presence of    John Noad
                                     Thomas Tyrrell"

The source citation for this record is:

"Wiltshire, England, Church of England Marriages and Banns, 1754-1916," indexed database with record images, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com), Trowbridge St. James with St. Stephen > 1782-1801, page 275 (image 167 of 204), William Rich, batchelor, and Betty Noad, spinster, marriage entry, 27 January 1788.

This is an entry in the Trowbridge, Wiltshire parish register.  It is an Original Source with Primary Information and Direct Evidence of the marriage of William Rich and Betty Noad on 27 January 1788 in Trowbridge.  William Rich (1766-1835) was the son of Robert and May (Cook) Rich of Trowbridge, and Betty Noad (c1768-1814) was the probable daughter of William and Grace (Crabb) Noad of Trowbridge. 
   
William Rich (1766-1835) and Betty Noad (c1768-1814) are my 4th great-grandparents; they had at least 6 children, including my 3rd great-grandfather John Rich (1790-1868).

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Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Rabbit Holes With Randy - Subway Maps on Goldie May, Your Genealogy Research Assistant

This week's Rabbit Hole was exploring Goldie May - a Chrome extension that works with FamilySearch Family Tree and Ancestry Member Trees to help you perform your genealogy research and analysis work.  

1)  The website looks like this:

There are two buttons on this first screen - to "Install Goldie May for Free" and to "Watch a 90-second Demo."  Please watch the video - it's worth your while.  If you click on the "Install Goldie May" link, you can download the program/app to your Chrome browser.  There is also a description of the program/app.  

Further down the Goldie May web page are descriptions of the available features:


2)  The features currently available include:

*  Automatic Research Log: One-click logging. Or automatic logging if you please. Save screenshots. Write notes and abstracts. Search and filter. Export to CSV.

*  Subway Maps: A magical new timeline tool. Check the consistency of your work, find problem areas, and zero-in on new records

*  Workspace Management:  Too many tabs and windows? Take a snapshot. Then later, restore to their previous place on the screen, just where you left off.

*  Canvas:  A new visual look at your screenshots. Move, zoom, and group screenshots like papers on a table.

*  Citations:  Instant FamilySearch and Ancestry citations. No more copy and paste. Edit as you please. Export any time.

*  Locality Research:  Quickly jump to place resources on the FamilySearch Wiki, The Family History Guide, and Google Maps.

*  Research Planning:  Deep dive into the catalogs of FamilySearch, Ancestry, MyHeritage, Findmypast, and WorldCat. Save interesting collections to your task list.

*  Faster Searching:  Collection Hints for the time and place your ancestor lived. Search every census during their lifetime. Jump between decades.

There is a Goldie May YouTube channel  where Goldie May creator Richard Miller and geneablogger James Tanner demonstrate the program features.  

3)  Goldie May is not totally free to use.  Here are the subscription options available:

NOTE:  There are camera icons on some of the features above - there are Demo videos for these features.  This is still a work in progress!

4)  I have only explored the "Subway Map" feature to date, and plan to at least test drive the other features.

To use the "Subway Map" with FamilySearch Family Tree:

*  Open FamilySearch Family Tree to the Person page for your target person.

*  Click on the Goldie May Chrome extension on your browser.  

*  Select "Subway Map" from the menu.  The "Subway Map" shows you, in graphical form, where the target person resided over time, according to the Events (Vitals and Other Information) for the Person in the FamilySearch Family Tree profile.  The places are on the left-hand scale, while the years are on the bottom scale.  

*  Below the graph is the legend for the graph showing which persons in the target persons family are shown.  You can select parents, spouses, and/or children from the list provided and the lines for those other persons are added to the Subway Map with different colors.

*  You can go full screen or half screen with the Goldie May window.

5)  Here are some of my attempts to make Subway Maps.  Initially, I chose my great-grandfather, Thomas Richmond (1848-1917) as my target person.  Here is my first "Subway Map:"

If you run your mouse over any of the circles on the chart, you can see the Fact or Event name.  For Thomas, I can see, in a chart, that he was born and baptized in Wiltshire, England in 1848, came to the USA in 1856 at New York, and lived in Providence County, Rhode Island, Windham County, Connecticut, New London County, Connecticut, Washington County, Rhode Island, and Worcester County, Massachusetts.  The user can select the place details to show - I selected County, State, Country.

I expanded the Goldie May window to full screen, and then selected James Richman (1821-1912) as the target person, and selected his wife, Hannah Rich (1824-1911) and his parents John Richman (1789-1867) and Ann Marshman (1784-1856) and saw:

I added the legend on the right to the screen shot of the graph so I could see what the colors are.  

I experimented some more, and using my presentation program, snipping tool and reducing the size of the graph a bit, I could get the graph and the legend side-by-side (I'm sure there are better ways to do this) to produce this three-generation chart of my great-grandmother Georgianna Kemp (1868-1952), her parents  James Abraham Kemp (1831-1902) and Mary Jane Sovereen (1840-1874), her husband Charles Auble (1849-1916) and her daughter, Emily Kemp Auble (1899-1977):

I took this screen shot with my mouse over the 1861 Marriage Fact for her parents.  

If you pick too many persons to show (for example, target person, parents, spouse and 10 children) you will get a jumble on the left scale that is not readable.  

6)  I haven't tried this yet with my Ancestry Member Tree.  I imagine the results will be similar.

Time for this bunny to find his carrots and get some energy for more exploring this rabbit hole. 

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Disclosure:  After registering for the Goldie May website, I was offered a complimentary Pro subscription to the site, which I greatly appreciate.  However, my objective reporting will not be affected by that.


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Grandson Lucas and Grandpa Randy in May 2005 -- Post 721 of (Not So) Wordless Wednesday

  I can't help it, I can't do a wordless post! This is one of my favorite photographs: 

I have no idea what 1.5 year old curly hair grandson Lucas is copying of mine, but he is.  And Mira the cat just sits there on the couch wondering why she's not being petted.  This is from May 2005 and Linda and I were visiting our daughter Lori and her family at their home in the Santa Cruz mountains.

This is all part of our family history!  

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Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Genealogy News and Education Bytes -- Tuesday, 24 May 2022

 Welcome to Genealogy News and Education Bytes, posted on Tuesday afternoon and Friday  afternoon, where we try to highlight the most important genealogy and family history news and education items that came across our desktop since the last issue.    


1)  News Articles:



2)  New or Updated Record Collections:





3)  Genealogy Education -- Conferences and Institutes





4)  Genealogy Education - Seminars, Webinars and Online Classes (times are US Pacific):





*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar - Tuesday, 24 May, 11 a.m.: Jump-starting Your 1950 Census Research with Census Helper™, by Uri Gonen.

*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar - Wednesday, 25 May, 11 a.m.:    Seeking the Best Evidence: Targeted Testing for Genetic Genealogy Proof, by Paul Woodbury.

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:  Working More In-Depth with Mexican Civil Registrations, by Colleen Robledo Greene.

5)  Genealogy Education - Podcasts/Radio Shows:


6)  Genealogy Videos (YouTube and Facebook):


*  Family History Fanatics & Genealogists:  Your Family Tree NEEDS This Correction NOW!





*  Just Genealogy:  Book Sunday #8 - JG0075




7)  Did you miss the last post in this series -  Genealogy News and Education Bytes - 20 May 2022?

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Vauxes in the News -- James E. Vaux Dies in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1953

  It's time for another edition of "Vauxes in the News" - a weekly feature from the historical newspapers about persons with the surname Vaux (my 2nd great-grandmother's maiden surname) that are interesting, useful, mysterious, fun, macabre, or add information to my family tree database.

This week's entry is from the Pittsburgh [Penn] Sun-Telegraph newspaper dated 9 June 1953:

The transcription of the article is:

"James Vaux, Banker and Church Leader

"Services for James E. Vaux, Sr., 44, of 1427 Squirrel Hill Ave., a trust officer of the Commonwealth Trust Co., will be held tomorrow at 2 p.m. in his home.  Burial will be in Allegheny County Memorial Park.

"Mr. Vaux, who died Sunday in St. Francis Hospital, was a member of the Sixth Presbyterian Church, treasurer of the Presbytery of Pittsburgh, and assistant treasurer of the Council of Allegheny Churches.  He was a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and a member of the Teddy Roosevelt Blue Lodge, F & A.M.; Knights Templar, Tancred Commandery, Syria Temple, and the Pittsburgh Athletic Association.

"He leaves his wife, E. Mary Brant Vaux; a son, James E. Jr.; and three daughters, Barbara B., Elizabeth A., and Mary Martha Vaux."

The source citation is:

"James Vaux, Banker and Church Leader,Pittsburgh [Penn.] Sun-Telegraph newspaper, Tuesday, 9 June 1953, page 8, column 2, James E. Vaux Sr. obituary;   Newspapers.com   (https://www.newspapers.com : accessed 23 May 2022). 

James Edward Vaux was born 17 March 1909 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the son of George Henry and Mary Elizabeth (Early) Vaux.  He married Emma Mary Brant (1908-1991) on 17 March 1931 in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania; she was the daughter of William John and Anna Barbara (Remensnyder) Vaux.  James Edward Vaux died 7 March 1953 in Pittsburgh.  They had four children:

*  James Edward Vaux (1932-????), married 1954 Ann Lynn Becker (1932-????).
*  Barbara Brant Vaux (1933-1996), married 1954 David Worthington Howell (1930-????).
*  Mary Martha Vaux (1935-????).
*  Elizabeth Anna Vaux (1938-????), married Robert Duane Packard (1938-2016).

I am a third cousin two times removed to James Edward Vaux (1909-1953), with common ancestors of James Vaux (1787-1839) and Mary Palmer (1790-1845), who migrated from South Petherton, Somerset, England to Erie County, New York in the early 1830s.

There are hundreds of Vaux "stories" in my family tree - and this was one of them. Life happens, accidentally and intentionally, and sometimes a person has extensive public affairs associations.  I am glad that I can honor James Edward Vaux today.

You never know when a descendant, relative or friend will find this blog post and learn something about their ancestors or relatives, or will provide more information about them to me.

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Monday, May 23, 2022

Genealogy Pot-Pourri - Week Ending 23 May 2022

 Here are the highlights of my family history and genealogy related activities over the past week.

1)  Watched several YouTube videos and also a Family Tree Webinar - Five Wives & A Feather Bed: Using Indirect and Negative Evidence to Resolve Conflicting Claims  by Mark A. Wentling.  This was an exhaustive and excellent case study of one man's spouses and children. 

2)  Published a genealogy biography of  #84 William Rich (1766-1835) of Erlestock and Trowbridge, Wiltshire, England for the 52 Ancestors series.

3) Transcribed a probate record - 1773 Order to Pay Heirs of Andrew Sever Intestate Estate in Middlesex County, Massachusetts - for the Amanuensis Monday series. 

4) AncestryDNA now has 40,109 DNA matches (up 44) for me this past week, with no new ThruLines. MyHeritageDNA now has 10,400 DNA matches (up 13) for me, with no new Theories. Reviewed the new DNA matches on AncestryDNA, MyHeritageDNA, FamilyTreeDNA and 23andMe. Researched and added notes for 2 AncestryDNA matches and added no new ThruLines to RootsMagic.  

5)  There was one session working in the RootsMagic software program to match with and update FamilySearch Family Tree profiles for Seaver families and my ancestral families, with occasional additions to the RootsMagic profiles. I have matched 48,034 of my RootsMagic persons with FamilySearch Family Tree profiles (up 8).

6) Used Web Hints and Record Matches from Ancestry, MyHeritage, Findmypast and FamilySearch to add content and source citations to my RootsMagic profiles. I now have 69,625 persons in my RootsMagic file (up 11 from last week), and 144,957 source citations (up 77). I TreeShared 62 new or modified profiles with my Ancestry Member Tree, and I resolved 555  Ancestry Hints. My current Ancestry Member Tree has Ancestry Record Hints with 25,499 to be resolved, but I work on them almost daily.  

7) Wrote 19 Genea-Musings blog posts last week (Sunday through Saturday), of which two were a press release. The most viewed post last week was  
Association of Professional Genealogists Responds to New Yorker Magazine Article "Ancestor Worship" with over 411 views.

8) I am still fine here at the Genea-Cave, hunkered down and not going out much after Week 114 of COVID-19 semi-isolation. Linda is at a memory care and skilled nursing facility in Chula Vista 7 miles from home and I visit her for an hour every day - we usually play Uno and she wins about half the time. I had my heart ultrasound test on Friday and learned that my angiogram is scheduled for Thursday 26 May. I was really tired most of the week, and took two naps each day.  I went to the grocery store on Monday and Thursday.  I watched the Padres games and we are now 27-14 on the season (5-1 the last week).  Other than that, it was stay-at-home on the computer doing (mainly) genealogy, plus eating, sleeping, laundry, cleaning, cooking, watching TV news and sports, reading books, napping, and a little yard work.  

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Amanuensis Monday -- 1773 Order to Pay Heirs of Andrew Sever Intestate Estate in Middlesex County, Massachusetts

This week's document for transcription is from the 1771 Middlesex County, Massachusetts Probate Court estate papers for the intestate estate of Andrew Sever of Cambridge, Massachusetts. 

a)  Middlesex County, Massachusetts Probate Court Records - Case File 20061, image 16 of 29:

b)  Middlesex County, Massachusetts Probate Court Records - Case File 20061, image 17 of 29:

The transcription of these two pages is (handwritten portions in italics):

Middlesex ss.  To all People unto whom these Presents shall come:
Samuel Danforth Esq.
Judge of the Probate of Wills, &c, in the County
of Middlesex within the Province of the
Massachusetts-Bay, in New England, sendeth Greeting.

Know Ye, That  pursuant to the Acts or Laws of the said
Province, relating to the Settlement or Distribution of the Estates
of Intestates, and the Direction, Power and Authority to me
therein given, I do hereby Order and Assign unto Ebenezer Seaver,
Eldest son of Andrew Seaver late of Cambridge in said
County yeoman Deceased Intestate.

All those Pieces and Parcels of Land, with the Buildings and Appurtenances
thereon and thereunto belonging ,  the whole of the real
Estate of the said Intestate within the said Province.

and the same is particularly set forth and described in the Return of Commissioners
by me appointed and sworn for the Apprisal thereof, and
by them valued at  seven hundred & two pounds five shillings
& eight Pence  (as by the Return of the 
said Commissioners into the Registry of Probate for the said County, Dated
Sept'r 15 1772  may appear) To Have and To Hold the
hereby ordered and assigned Land and Premises, with the Members and
Appurtenances thereof unto him the before-named Ebenezer,
and to his Heirs and Assigns forever.

Provided he the said Ebenezer,
his Heirs, Executors, or Administrators, shall and do well and truly
pay, or cause to be paid unto the rest of the before-named deceased's
Children, their legal Representatives, or Guardians the several Sums of
Money hereafter in this my Decree to them respectively ordered to be paid, 
together with the Interest for their respective Sums or Portions, after the
Rate of Six Pounds per Cent per Annum, to commence on and from
the twenty third Day of March Anno Domini, 1773
and both Principal and Interest to be paid (if demanded) on or before the
twenty third Day of March which will be in the Year of our
Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred and seventy four.

ACCORDINGLY I Order the before-named Assignee  Ebenezer
Heirs &c in the first Place to pay and clear all Charges 
relating to this Settlement, amounting to  to retain in his own Hands
five Pounds five shillings for his Time & expenses
relative to this Settlement
and to retain in his own Hands (in Satisfaction
for labour by him done for said Intestate the Certain Sum
of forty Pounds.
Then to pay certain Debts due from said Estate viz.
to William Hyslop fifty one Pounds seven Shillings
& three Pence, Interest included.  and to Jonathan
Davis forty Pounds & 50p Interest.
and I further order the said assignee Ebenezer
to pay to his Brothers & Sisters (Children of the said 
Intesta) over & above what is coming to them
of the Ballance of his account of administration
as follows - viz.  to John for his share in the real 
estate & Labour done for his Father, sixty four Pounds
twelve Shillings & four Pence half Penny; to Richard, Sarah,
Elizabeth, Mary Anna & Hannah each fifty two 
Pounds twelve Shillings & Four Pence half-penny;
and to his sister Elizabeth twenty pounds nine
Shillings & four pence half Penny; and to his 
Sister Jerusha twenty four Pounds three Shill-
ings & an half Penny.

in like Money, Maner, and with the Interest before-mentioned.  All which 
aforesaid Sums, with the share of the said Assignee, amount to the apprized
Value of the  said Estate and (together with what
was advanced by the said deceased in his Lifetime to  Elizabeth &
Jerusha ) make each Child's
Share therein to be agreeable to the Direction of Law.

Provided also, in case all or any Part of the hereby assigned Land
and Premises shall be legally evicted from the above-named Assignee, Ebenezer, his
Heirs, Executors, Administrators or Assigns, that then the rest of the
aforesaid deceased's Children, their Heirs, &c (Sharers in this division)
shall refund their rateable Parts, with Law Charges.  In Testimony
whereof I have hereunto set my Hand and the Seal of the Probate Office
for the County aforesaid, the  twenty third  Day of  March
Anno Domini, One Thousand Seven Hundred and seventy two [sic?]
and in the  thirteenth Year of His Majesty's Reign.
                                                                 S. Danforth

The source citation for this probate record is:

Middlesex County, Massachusetts, Probate case files, Case file 20061 (29 images), Andrew Sever of Cambridge, 1771; "Middlesex County (Massachusetts) Probate File Papers, 1648-1871," digital images, New England Historical and Genealogical Society, American Ancestors  (https://www.americanancestors.org: accessed 22 May 2022).

Andrew Sever, husbandman of Cambridge, died intestate, and his probate records are in Middlesex County, Massachusetts Probate Records, Probate Docket # 20,061.  The probate file includes:

* 25 June 1771:  Bond for L 1000 by Ebenezer Sever, husbandman, Nathaniel Sparhawk, husbandman, and Edward Jackson, innkeeper, all of Cambridge.  Ebenezer Sever appointed administrator of the estate.

*  25 June 1771: Order to apprize estate to James Sparhawk, Captain Eiphalet Robbins, and Abraham Watson Jr.  to take an inventory of real and personal property.

* 9 July 1771:  Inventory taken;  the Real property was valued at £ 1212.17.10 and the personal property was valued at £ 91.4.4

* 21 April 1772:  Order to apprize estate to Abijah Learned, Nath Sparhawk, Thomas Gardner to take an inventory of the real and personal property. 

*  15 September 1772:  Inventory taken.  The creditors accounts were valued at L133.17.10, and the Real property was valued at £702.06.08.

*  19 February 1773:  Account of Ebenezer Seaver submitted.  After debts collected and paid, and funeral and administrator charges, the balance was £74.0.6-3/4.  Each sibling was to receive £5.16s.3-1/2d.  It names 3 sons and 7 daughters:  eldest son now living Ebenezer, John, Richard, Elizabeth, Jerusha, Sarah, Abigail, Mary, Anna, Hannah.

* 23 March 1773:  Order to assign all real estate to Ebenezer Seaver (£ 702.6.8).  He to pay portions to other children by 23 March 1774 (transcribed above):
**  to John: £ 64.12.4
**  to Richard, Sarah, Abigail, Mary, Anna, Hannah £52.4-1/2 each
**  to Elizabeth £ 20.9.4-1/2 plus what was given to her
**  to Jerusha £ 24.3.0-1/2 plus what was given to her.

*   23 March 1773:  Bond of Ebenezer Seaver, Nathaniel Sparhawk and Edward Jackson for £ 1000 to ensure administrator distributes the estate to the heirs.  Bond is void if performed without fraud or delay.

*  12 April 1773:  Affidavit from heirs that Ephraim Burrage, husband of Elizabeth Seaver, gives £ 32.03 to cover items from father's estate; Edward Park, husband of Jerusha Seaver, gives £ 28.9.4; son John Seaver should be granted £ 12 for 10 months of work for his father.

*  21 February 1785:  Bond of Simon Whitney, Aaron Hill and William How for £ 10,000 to sue Ebenezer Sever to pay what is due to the other heirs.

* 5 January 1786:  Bond of Simon Whitney, Aaron Hill and William How for £ 10,000 to sue Ebenezer Sever to pay what is due to the other heirs.

* 5 September 1787:  Citation to Edward Jackson requiring Ebenezer Seaver to appear in court on 6 September 1787 to bring the estate to a speedy setllement.

* 6 September 1787:  Edward Jackson says Ebenezer Seaver will not appear in court.

* 4 August 1791:  Richard Seaver yeoman of Northborough, Jonathan Patterson of Northborough, and John Stone of Sudbury  post £ 10,000 bond and sues previous bond put up by Ebenezer and others in 1771.

* 2 March 1792:  Richard Seaver yeoman of Northborough, William Fisk of Waltham, and Jonas Temple of Boylston post £ 10,000 bond and sues previous bond put up by Ebenezer and others in 1773.  [This Richard Seaver (1757-1800) is certainly the son of Andrew and Elizabeth (Boylston) Seaver of Cambridge.]

* 6 November 1792:  Order to constable to require Ebenezer Seaver and Edward Jackson to appear in Court on the first Tuesday of December 1792.

*  8 November 1792:  Constable reply says Ebenezer Seaver and Edward Jackson were notified.

And there are no more papers in this estate file that explain what happened after 1 December 1792!  Did Ebenezer Seaver appear in the Probate Court and agree to distribute money (with interest!) to his siblings?  Why did this take so long to settle this estate?  Did the Judge use the two Bond payments of 1000 pounds each (with interest?) to the siblings, or deprive Ebenezer of his land and then sell the land for the siblings' inheritance?  Any of those, or some other action, are possible outcomes.  Perhaps there are newspaper accounts of this case?  

Andrew Seaver was my 2nd cousin 8 times removed, with our common Seaver ancestor being Robert Seaver (1608-1683) of Roxbury, Massachusetts.  

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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."

Read other transcriptions for records of my ancestors at Amanuensis Monday Posts.

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