Monday, October 17, 2022

Amanuensis Monday -- 1859 Will of Job W. Seaver of Westminster, Massachusetts

 This week's document for transcription is the will of Job W. Seaver of Westminster, Massachusetts, in Worcester County estate file 52837, filed in 1868.  

Worcester County, Massachusetts Probate Court Records - Case File 52837, image 6 of 21:

Worcester County, Massachusetts Probate Court Records - Case File 52837, image 7 of 21:

The transcription of this will is:

Be it remembered that I Job W. Seaver 
of Westminster in the County of Worcester
& Commonwealth of Massachusetts being of
sound mind & memory do make &
publish this my last will & testament:
hereby revoking all former wills.

First: I nominated & appoint Nathaniel
Wood Esquire of Fitchburg to be the sole Executor
of this my last will, and direct him to pay 
my just debts & charges as soon
as convenient after my decease out of
my estate.

Second: After payment of my said debts
& charges, I give and bequeath & devise to 
my Sister, Susannah W. Seaver all
the residue & remainder of my estate
Whether real personal or mixed, to hold
the same to herself her heirs & assigns
forever.  If however I should survive
My said Sister, Susannah W. then I
give, bequeath & devise all the Estate
of which I may die seized & possessed or
entitle to of every kind & description to
my Brother Silas W. Seaver & his heirs &
assigns forever.

Third I hereby authorize & empower my said
Executor, or whoever may execute this will, to sell
& convey my real estate or a portion thereof, if
in his judgment it shall be for the interest
of those subscribed therein to do so and pay over
the proceeds thereof (after payment if said debts
& charges) as herein before specified.

In testimony whereof I the said Job W.
Seaver have hereunto set my hand & seal
& publish & declare this to be my last
will & testament in presence of the witnesses
named below, this thirteenth day of 
April in the year Eighteen hundred &
fifty nine.

Signed, sealed, published                               his
declared by the said                            Job W.  X Seaver  {seal}
Job W. Seaver as in for                                mark
his last will in the 
presence of us, who at
his request & in the
presence of each other
our names as witnesses
William F. Day
Edmund A. Macten S.A.
Goldsmith F. Bailey  N.G.
The source citation for this probate file is:

Worcester County, Massachusetts, Probate case files, Case file 52937 (21 images), Job W. Seaver of Westminster, 1868, will; "Worcester County (Massachusetts) Probate File Papers, 1731-1881," digital images, New England Historical and Genealogical Society, American Ancestors  ( accessed 16 October 2022).

Job Whitney Seaver (1789-1868) was born  1 May 1789, the son of Benjamin and Martha (Whitney) Seaver.  He did not marry, and died testate on 4 July 1868.  He lived with his unmarried sister, Susannah Whitney Seaver (1794-1879), who was insane before her death.

He wrote his will on 13 April 1859.  It was proved on 4 August 1868 in Worcester County Probate Court.  His inventory totaled $1650.00 in real property and $428.67 in personal property.  After the debts and charges were paid, more personal estate was itemized, and the real estate was sold, the account was $2197.35.  A sum of $100 was paid for the guardian of Susannah W. Seaver.

Job W. Seaver (1800-1848) is my 3rd great-granduncle.  1st cousin five times removed.  Our common Seaver ancestor is my 4th great-grandfather Benjamin Seaver (1757-1816).


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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