Monday, August 8, 2022

Amanuensis Monday -- 1857 Guardianship of Minor Children of Abraham W. Seaver of Townsend, Middlesex County, Massachusetts

 This week's document for transcription is from the 1857 Middlesex County, Massachusetts probate file for the petition for guardianship of the minor children of Abraham W. Seaver of Townsend, Massachusetts.

a)  Middlesex County, Massachusetts Probate Court Records - Case File 41268, image 3 of 5:

The transcription of this petition is (handwritten portions in italics):

To the Honorable Judge of the Court of Probate, in and for the County
of Middlesex.

The petition of   Charlotte Seaver   of   Townsend   
in   Middlesex   County, respectfully represents
That   Abram K. Seaver & Charlotte Seaver are
minors above the age of fourteen years and
Everett W. Seaver & George A. Seaver are minors
under fourteen years
and children of   Abraham W. Seaver   late of
Townsend   in said County of Middlesex, deceased.
That there is occasion for a Guardian to be appointed over said minors   that the said
Abram K. Seaver & Charlotte A. Seaver
have made choice of your Petitioner as
their Guardian as appears by the certificate
hereto annexed & your Petitioner is the moth-
er of the said Everett & George.

That the said petitioner is ready to give Bond, with sufficient sureties, for the due per-
formance of said trust: Wherefore your petitioner prays, that he may be appointed Guar-
of said minor in manner and form as the law in such case provides.
                                                                                Charlotte Seaver

Middlesex, ss.    March 2    A.D. 1857.
Personally appeared the above-named    Abram K. Seaver & Charlotte A. Seaver
minors, above the age of fourteen years, and nominated said petitioner to be   their
                                      Before me,    F.A. Worcester   J. Peace.

                              Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Middlesex, ss.  At a Court of Probate holden at    Lowell
in and for said County, on the   third   day of
   March   A.D. 1857.

The foregoing petition being read and fully understood, and all needful inquiries made
relative thereto, it appears to me, the Judge of said Court, that the declarations therein
contained are true, and that the petitioner is a suitable person to be appointed to the said
office of Guardian, and is eligible thereto:

It is therefore Decreed by me, the said Judge, that the said petitioner be appointed
Guardian of said minor, he giving Bond with sufficient sureties for the due performance of
said trust, in manner and form as the law in such case provides:

And it is Ordered, that the said Petitioner exhibit upon oath into the Court of Probate,
in and for said County, a true and perfect inventory of all and singular the real estate,
goods, chattels, rights and credits of the said minor within twelve months from the date
                                                                  William A Richardson   J. Prob.

The source citation for this probate file is:

Middlesex County, Massachusetts, Probate case files, Case file 41368 (5 images), Abram K. Seaver  et al, of Townsend, 1857; "Middlesex County (Massachusetts) Probate File Papers, 1648-1871," digital images, New England Historical and Genealogical Society, American Ancestors  ( accessed 7 August 2022).

The estate file for the guardianship petition for the children of Abraham W. Seaver contains 5 images, including:

*  image 1 - cover sheet of estate packet
*  3 March 1857: image 2 - cover sheet for Guardian's petition and bond
*  3 March 1857: image 3 - Guardian's petition.
*  3 March 1857:  images 4-5:  Bond of Charlotte Seaver, Samuel O. Marshall and Thomas F. Seaver for $10,000.

Abraham Wood Seaver (1812-1856) was the son of Abraham and Lucy (Lawrence) Seaver of Townsend.  He died 15 June 1856 in Townsend.  He married Charlotte Scales (1817-1901) on 21 January 1836 in Townsend, Massachusetts.  They had 5 children:

*  Abraham Kendall Seaver (1838-1883), married 1875 Mary Allinson (1846-1898).
*  Charlotte Albina Seaver (1840-1917), married 1857 Samuel Otis Marshall (1840-1908).
*  Everett Wilner Seaver (1844-1923), married 1878 Emma D. Neal (1858-1916).
*  George A. Seaver (1846-120), married 1870 Martha Jane Vennard (1843-1929).
*  male Seaver (1847-1847).

Abraham Kendall Seaver and his siblings are my second cousins three times removed.  Our common Seaver ancestor is my 9th great-grandfather, Robert Seaver (1608-1683), but the most recent ancestors are 4th great-grandfather Zachariah and Elizabeth (Keyes) Hildreth.


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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