Monday, October 31, 2022

Amanuensis Monday -- 1863 Administrator's Petition of Asahel Seaver's Estate File of Westminster, Massachusetts

 This week's document for transcription is the Administrator's Petition for the estate of Asahel Seaver of Westminster, Massachusetts, in Worcester County estate file 52864, filed in 1863.  

Worcester County, Massachusetts Probate Court Records - Case File 52864, image 11 of 15:

The transcription of this petition is:

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

Respectfully represents   Joel Merriam jr.
of     Westminster    in the County of    Worcester   that
Asahel Seaver     who last dwelt in
Westminster   in said County of    Worcester, died on the    Sixteenth
day of    December    in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and
sixty-two     intestate, possessed of goods and estate     remaining
to be administered, leaving a widow, whose name is    Tamer R. Seaver
and as    she is    only next of kin, the persons whose names, residence and relationship to the de-
ceased are as follows, viz.
                                              Norman Seaver of Westminster
                                              Hiram Seaver of Templeton
                                              Mary E. Sawin of Westminster
                                              Otis Sawin of Westminster
                                             Sewall W. Seaver of Westminster
                                             Juliaetta Seaver of Westminster

That your petitioner    is the widow

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

Dated this    thirteenth    day of    January  A.D. 1863.

                                                Tamar R. Seaver

The undersigned, being all the parties interested in the foregoing Petition, desire the same may be
granted without further notice.
The source citation for this probate file is:

Worcester County, Massachusetts, Probate case files, Case file 52864 (15 images), Asahel Seaver of Westminster, 1863, administration; "Worcester County (Massachusetts) Probate File Papers, 1731-1881," digital images, New England Historical and Genealogical Society, American Ancestors  ( accessed 16 October 2022).

Asahel Seaver (1802-1862) was born 5 December 1802,in Westminster, the son of Asahel Reed and Hannah (Gager) Seaver.  He married Tamar R. Hill (1805-1873) in Westminster on 14 May 1826, the daughter of Nathaniel and Annis (Whitcomb) Hill.  They had six children:

*  Norman Seaver (1826-1879), married 1862 Christiana Lovewell (1837-1916).
*  Hiram Seaver (1833-19008), married 1861 Sarah Jane Trask (1843-1877).
*  Thomas Seaver (1837-1839).
*  Mary Elizabeth Seaver (1838-????), married 1859 Otis Webster Sawin (1839-????)
*  Sewall Whitcomb Seaver (1843-1881), married 1863 Mary Janr Bickford (1842-1900).
*  Julia Etta Seaver (1849-1870)

The Administrator on this intestate estate, Joel Merriam Jr. of Westminster, was approved on 3 February 1863 in Worcester County Probate Court.  The inventory totaled $276 in real property.  The probate record names his widow and his living children, plus the husband of his daughter, Mary E. Seaver.  There is no record in this estate file to indicate how much was distributed to the heirs.

Asahel Seaver (1802-1862) is my 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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