Thursday, September 25, 2014

Treasure Chest Thursday - Post 233: List of Children of Norman and Benjamin Seaver in Westminster, Mass.

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 list of children of Norman and Sarah (Read) Seaver and Benjamin and Martha (Whitney) Seaver  in the Westminster, Massachusetts town record book:

There are two families entered on this page of the Westminster, Massachusetts town record book.  The transcription of the two family entries is:

Mr. Norman Seuer and Wife Sarah Seuer Fam?
September ye 25^h 1774    Leafe Seuer Borne   and Deceased August ye ?? of consumption
October ye 2^d 1775          Asell Reed Seuer Borne
1777 Aug^t 2^d                   Fatha Seuer Born
May 23 1780                       Lucinda Sever Born

Benjamin Seaver and Marthy his Wife Family Records
December 30th 1784          Achsa Whitney Seaver Born
December 2d 1786             Abigail Seaver Born
May 1^t 1789                     Job Seaver Born
November 15th 1791         Benjamin Seaver Born
July 27th 1794                   Susanna ^Whitney Seaver Born
Febr^y ye 10th 1797          Martha Seaver Born
Nov^r 24^th 1799              Silas Whitney Seaver Born
Dec^r 20^th 1802               Isaac Seaver Born
March 16^th 1806              Rozilla Seaver Born & Died Sept 18 1825
April 14^th 1812                Mary Jane Seaver Born

The source citation for one of these entries is:

Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988, digital images, ( : accessed 26 February 2012), "Westminster Births, Marriages and Deaths,"  page 38 (penned, image 116 of 1195), Family of Benjamin and Marthy Seaver, Benjamin Seaver birth entry, 1791.

The Norman Seaver family entries are for his last four children - other children were recorded in Sudbury between 1755 and 1759, and in Shrewsbury between 1761 and 1771.  

All of the known children of Benjamin and Martha (Whitney) Seaver were recorded in Westminster.

There are several "hands" in the writing on this page for the Norman Seaver family, but the list of children for the Benjamin Seaver appears to be in the same hand.  This may reflect a long-lasting town clerk whose writing didn't change significantly, or that all of the children were added to the record at one time.

Because I don't know if the Benjamin Seaver children were entered contemporaneously with their birth dates, I'm treating their birth records as a Derivative Source, Original Information and direct Evidence in the Quality measure provided in the RootsMagic 6 program.

Benjamin Seaver, born in 1791, the son of Benjamin and Martha (Whitney) Seaver, is my third great-grandfather.

Copyright (c) 2014, Randall J. Seaver

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