Monday, July 11, 2022

Amanuensis Monday -- 1857 Will Of Otis Seaver of Townsend, Massachusetts

  This week's document for transcription is from the 1857 Middlesex County, Massachusetts will of Otis Seaver (1831-1869) of Townsend, Massachusetts.

a)  Middlesex County, Massachusetts Probate Court Records - Case File 41277, image 4 of 10:

b)  Middlesex County, Massachusetts Probate Court Records - Case File 41277, image 5 of 10:

c)  Middlesex County, Massachusetts Probate Court Records - Case File 41277, image 6 of 10:

The transcription of this handwritten will is:

Know all Men by these presents
that I Otis Seaver of Townsend in the county
of Middlesex and Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Yeoman.  Being of sound disposing mind
and memory do make and publish this
my last Will and Testament.

Fist I give and bequeath to my nece
Lucy Tyler wife Putnam Tyler and Daughter
of Abraham Seaver of Townsend to her and
her children a certain tract of land together
with the buildings thereon bounded as
follows viz.  begining at the southeast corner
adjoining the common at a stake & stones
thence West about three rods.  Thence north
four rods on land of Hannah Seaver thence
East three rods on land of said Otis Seaver
thence southerdly on the common four rods
to the bound first named.

Second I give and bequeath Everett W.
Seaver son of A W Seaver deced
four hundred dollars to be paid in
one year after my decease.

Third I give and bequeath to ^my nephew^ Dea Samuel
Seaver of Northborough all the remainder
and residue of my real estate and personal
property after paying the foregoing legaces &
just debts funeral charges & errecting desents
gravestones at my grave.

Forth I ordain and appoint my nephew
Dea Samuel Seaver as executor of this my
last Will and Testament.

In testimony whereof I have hereunto set
my hand and seal and publish and
declare this to be my last Will and Testament
in the presence of the witnesses named
below this sixth day June in the year
of our Lord one thousand eight
hundred and fifty seven.    
                                        Otis Seaver {seal}
Signed sealed published and declared by
the said Otis Seaver as his last Will
and Testament in presence of us who
in his presence and in the presence of 
each other and at his request have here-
unto subscribed our names as witnesses.

Ezra Blood
Zacheus Richardson
Levi Richardson

The source citation for this probate record is:

Middlesex County, Massachusetts, Probate case files, Case file 41277 (10 images), Otis Seaver of Townsend, 1857; "Middlesex County (Massachusetts) Probate File Papers, 1648-1871," digital images, New England Historical and Genealogical Society, American Ancestors  ( accessed 10 July 2022).

The estate file for the testate probate of Otis Seaver (1789-1857) contains 10 images, including:

*  image 2: 8 December 1857:  letter from Ezra Blood to Judge Richardson
*  images 3-5:   6 June 1857:  will of Otis Seaver
*  image 6:  9 November 1857:  Order to Samuel Seaver to appear in Court and to publish newspaper notices for three weeks
*  images 7-8:  8 December 1857:  Letter testamentary by witnesses and order by Court to approve he will
*  images 9-10:  8 December 1857:  Executor's bond of $10,000 posted by Samuel Seaver, Abraham Seaver and George C. Davis, all of Northboro.

Otis Seaver was born 27 September 1789, the 11th and last child of Thomas and Hannah (Wood) Sever of Townsend.  He died 7 October 1857 in Townsend.  He did not marry or have children.

Otis Seaver bequeathed land in Townsend to his niece, Lucy (Seaver) Tyler, the daughter o his brother Abraham Seaver.  He bequeathed $400 to his grand nephew, Everett W. Seaver, son of A[braham] W[ood] Seaver.  He bequeathed the rest of his property to his grand-nephew Samuel Seaver of Northborough, son of his brother Samuel Seaver.

Otis Seaver (1789-1857) is my 4th cousin 6 times removed.  Our common Seaver ancestor is my 9th great-grandfather, Robert Seaver (1608-1683).


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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