Monday, November 7, 2022

Amanuensis Monday -- 1828 Petition to Appoint Guardian of Spendthrift Edward Sever of Westborough, Massachusetts

 This week's document for transcription is the Selectmen's's Petition for the property of Edward Sever of Westborough, Massachusetts, in Worcester County estate file 52870, filed in 1828.  

Worcester County, Massachusetts Probate Court Records - Case File 52870, image 3 of 18:

The transcription of this petition is:

To the Hon. Judge of Probate for the County of Worcester
Complain Asaph Warren, Silas Wesson, Martin Bullard,
Jesse Woods & Nahum Fisher, all of Westboro in said
county gentlemen Selectmen of the town of Westboro in 
said county, that in their judgement, Edward Sever
of said town of Westborough does by excessive drinking &
idleness so spend, waste & lessen his estate, as thereby to
expose himself & family to want & suffering circumstances,
and does also thereby endanger & expose the said town of
Westboro to a charge or expense for his & their maintenance
& support.  They therefore pray that your Honor would
appoint some person or persons as guardian or guardians
to the said Edward Sever agreeably to the law of the Common-
wealth, in such case made & provided.

Dated at Westboro the 22'd Jan'y AD 1828.
                                                   Asaph Warren         }
                                                  Silas Wesson            }  Selectmen
                                                  Martin Bullard         }        of
                                                  Jesse Woods             }    Westboro
                                                  Nahum Fisher          }

The source citation for this probate file is:

Worcester County, Massachusetts, Probate case files, Case file 52870 (18 images), Edward Sever of Westborough, 1823, Guardianship of spendthrift; "Worcester County (Massachusetts) Probate File Papers, 1731-1881," digital images, New England Historical and Genealogical Society, American Ancestors  ( accessed 6 November 2022).

Edward Sever (1770-????) was born 16 December 1770 in Westborough, Massachusetts, the son of Moses and Lucy (Carril) Seaver.  He married Lucretia Harris (1765-1841) on 11 May 1793 in Worcester, Massachusetts, the daughter of Daniel and Resigned Hayden) Harris.  They had 7 children:

*  Joseph Seaver (1793-1879), married 1826 Mercy Howard Pike (1805-1865).
*  William Parker Seaver (1795-1852), married 1820 Relief Phidelia Mellen (1803-1885).
*  Arathusa Seaver (before 1799-1881), married 1812 Joseph How Warren (1784-1863).
*  Elizabeth Seaver (before 1801-????).
*  Mary Harris Seaver (before 1801-????), married 1817 Royal Putnam (1791-????).
*  Lucretia Seaver (1803-1901), married 1827 James Dean Donovan (1807-1890).
*  Almira Seaver (1804-????), married 1823 Otis L. Weld (a1800-????).

Silas Wesson was appointed guardian of Edward Sever and a bond was posted for his work.  The inventory totaled $599.95 in personal property, and noted that the guardian had disbursed the same amount to the creditors in a length account approved in 1834.  No paper in this estate file noted the name of his wife or his children, all of whom were married by 1826.

Edward Sever (1770-a1850) is my 1st cousin six times removed.  Our common Seaver ancestor is my 5th great-grandfather Norman Seaver (1734-1787).


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 of records of my ancestors at Amanuensis Monday Posts.

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