Monday, August 15, 2022

Amanuensis Monday -- 1865 Petition for Administration of the Estate of Alver M. Seaver of Worcester, Massachusetts

 This week's document for transcription is from the 1865 Worcester County, Massachusetts probate file for the administration of the estate of Alver M. Seaver of Worcester, Massachusetts:

a)  Worcester County, Massachusetts Probate Court Records - Case File 52857, image 7 of 18:

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

To the Honorable the Judge of the Probate Court in and for the County of Worcester:

Respectfully represents  Alexander H. Seaver, 
of   Worcester   in the County of   Worcester,   that
Alver M. Seaver   who last dwelt in
sd Worcester, in said County of Worcester, died on the Twenty-seventh
day of November, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and
sixty-  four  intestate, possessed of goods and estate remaining
to be administered, leaving  no   widow,
and as    his   only next of kin, the persons whose names, residence and relationship to the deceased
are as follows, viz.:

Harrison Edwards Seaver, Infant Child and only
lineal descendant of sd deceased, Born March 1st
A.D. 1863

Said Alexander H. Seaver, (Your Petitioner) Brother
and only surviving collateral kin of sd deceased

Edwards W. Green (Father in law of sd deceased) of the
City of Worcester

That your petitioner

Wherefore your petitioner prays that he may be appointed Administrator of the estate
of said deceased.

Dated this  Second  day of  January, A.D. 1865.
                                                         Alexander H. Seaver

The undersigned, being all parties interested in the foregoing Petition, desire the same may be
granted without further notice.

Edwards W. Green for self and sd Minor Child
Also the following Creditors of sd deceased with Residence, viz.:
Martin F. Peeler   Holden Mass.

The source citation for this probate file is:

Worcester County, Massachusetts, Probate case files, Case file 52857 (18 images), Alver M. Seaver of Worcester, 1865; "Worcester County (Massachusetts) Probate File Papers, 1731-1881," digital images, New England Historical and Genealogical Society, American Ancestors  ( accessed 7 August 2022).

The estate file for the administration of Alver M. Seaver contains 18 images, including:

*  image 1 - cover sheet of estate packet
*  3 January 1865:  images 2-3: Affidavit of valuation by administrator, $350
*  1 February 1865:  images 4-5:  Administrator's bond of $700
*  7 February 1865:  images 6-9:  Administrator's petition, citation and decree
*  2 May 1865:  images 10-11:  Affidavit of notice of appointment 
*  2 May 1865:  images 12-14:  Inventory of estate - personal estate of $739.08
*  7 August 1866:  images 15-18:  Administrator's account.  Payments and charges totaled $493.57, leaving a balance of $245.51.  Signed by Alexander H. Seaver, guardian of Harrison E. Seaver.

On image 18, the Funeral Charges section says:

"Intestate died in Washington, D.C.
November 27th 1864, and the Expenses of
his last sickness and Funeral Charges were
paid from the Effects found in his Possession
at his decease.  No Return was ever made
of the charges, ad no Account of them has
been included in the Administration of
his Estate."

Alvah Milton "Alver M." Seaver was born 6 February 1840 in Holden, Massachusetts, the son of Alexander H. and Nancy (Newman) Seaver.  He married Harriet L. Green (1839 1863) on 7 September 1861in Worcester, Massachusetts.  Harriet died shortly after the birth of their only child, Harrison Edwards Seaver (1863-????). 

This is a very sad set of circumstances.  Alvah/Alver married Harriet Green in 1861, and they have a child on 1 March 1863.  Harriet died on 6 March 1863.  At some time, Alexander Harrison Seaver is appointed guardian of Harrison Edwards Seaver, and as administrator on the estate of his brother, Alvah M. Seaver, the only living brother of Alvah.  Alvah/Alver enlists in the Army during the Civil War and dies on 27 November 1864 in Washington, D.C.  Harrison Edwards Seaver dies a single man in 1936.

Alvah Milton Seaver is my third cousin four times removed.  Our common Seaver ancestor is my 6th great-grandfather, Robert Seaver (1702-1752).


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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