Monday, September 19, 2022

Amanuensis Monday -- 1814 Will of Mary (Chandler) Sever of Worcester, Massachusetts

 This week's document for transcription is from the 1822 Worcester County, Massachusetts probate file for the 1814 will of Mary Sever of Worcester, Massachusetts:

a)  Worcester County, Massachusetts Probate Court Records - Case File 52909, image 3 of 5:

b)  Worcester County, Massachusetts Probate Court Records - Case File 52909, image 4 of 5:

c)  Worcester County, Massachusetts Probate Court Records - Case File 52909, image 5 of 5:

The transcription of this will is:

In the Name of God Amen -

I Mary Sever, under impressions of the uncertainty of human life, & in the
hope of the Chrestian, do constitute the follow-
ing to be my last Will & Testament.

Imprimus, I direct that all my just debts be
paid by my Executrice, hereafter to be

Item.  I give and bequeath to my grandson
William Sever Lincoln one Hundred

Item.  I give & bequeath to my son William
James Sever, One Hundred Dollars,
Two Beds, one Desk, Three pair of Sheets,
my Silver Spadle, Pepper Box, & Large

Item.  All the rest & residue of property
which I no possess, I give to my Daughter
Ann Warren Sever.  Should she die un-
married, it is my will in this event, that
the property bequeathed to her, be given
to my son William Sever above mentioned.

Item.  The property which I may receive,
on the settlement of the Estate of my
late Brother, Samuel Chandler, by vir-
tue of his will, I desire may be divi-
ded into Three equal Shares, one of which
I hereby give to my Grandson, above
named, William James Lincoln, one to 
my Son William James Sever, and
the third to my Daughter, Ann Warren.

Item.  I appoint my Daughter Ann Warren
Sever to be the Executrix of this my
last Will and Testatement Hereby re-
revocing all wills by me heretofore made &
Executors appointed.  In witness Whereof I here-
unto  set my hand & seal this Thirtieth day
of May in the year of our Lord, one thousand
Eight hundred & fourteen.

Signed sealed and delivered
in presence of us.
Mary Thomas                          Mary Sever { seal}
Lucretia Bancroft
Aaron Bancroft
The source citation for this probate file is:

Worcester County, Massachusetts, Probate case files, Case file 52909 (5 images), Mary Sever of Worcester, 1814, will; "Worcester County (Massachusetts) Probate File Papers, 1731-1881," digital images, New England Historical and Genealogical Society, American Ancestors  ( accessed 18 September 2022).

Mary "Polly"Chandler (1759-1821) married William Sever (1759-1798) on 30 October 1785 in Worcester.  Mary (Chandler) Sever died 15 January 1821 in Worcester.  They had four children born between 1786 and 1793:

*  Penelope Winslow Sever (1786-1872), married Levi Lincoln (1782-1868) on 6 September 1807 in Worcester.
*  Anne Warren Sever (1789-1843), married John Brazer (1786-1846) on 19 April 1821 in Worcester.
*  Mary Ann Sever (1789-1797).
*  William James Sever (1793-1835), married Adeline Trask (1793-1884) on 19 May 1819 in Gloucester, Massachusetts.

William Sever Lincoln (1811-1889) was the son of Levi and Penelope Winslow (Sever) Lincoln, and married Elizabeth Trumbull (1816-1900) on 22 October 1835 in Worcester.

The will, dated 30 May 1814, is the only document in the Probate estate file in Worcester County Probate Court records, and was filed 2 January 1822.

The only "loose end" I see in the will is that it doesn't mention her oldest daughter, Penelope Winslow (Sever) Lincoln, but does name her son William Sever Lincoln as an heir.

William Sever (1759-1858) is my 3rd cousin 7 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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