Monday, December 12, 2022

Amanuensis Monday -- 1826 Inventory of Intestate Estate of Rosilla Seaver (1806-1825) of Westminster, Massachusetts

This week's document for transcription is the inventory for Rosilla Seaver of Westminster, Massachusetts, in Worcester County estate file 52921-1/2, filed in 1826.  

Worcester County, Massachusetts Probate Court Records - Case File 52921-1/2 image 7 of 18:

Worcester County, Massachusetts Probate Court Records - Case File 52921-1/2 image 8 of 18:

The transcription of this inventory is:


An inventory of the Estate of Rozilla Sevear
Late of Westminster in the County of worcester
Deceased appraised upon oath by us the Subscribers
Duly appointed to that Service by the
Hon Nathl Paine Judge of Probate of wills &c
for said County of worcester
Viz.                          Personal Estate

The deceased wearing apparel

1 Black morning bunett                     $ 0.75
1 Shift                                                         .30
1 Black Silk gound                                 1.50
1 Lite Custard gound                              1.25
1 Lite purple gound                                  .84
1 Dark blew gound                                   .50
1 Lite Read Sheet gound                          .25
1 Black Crepe gound                              2.50
1 Bumbsett  gound                                    .50      
1 Blew woolen gound                             2.50
1 Blew Checkar gound                              .75
1 Green over Coat                                   2.00
1 White petecot                                         .75
1 White woolen petecot                            .75
2 Old Petecots                                           .20
3 Old Chect aprons                                   .20
1 Read Cullard apron                                .25
3 Capes                                                      .20
2 Capes                                                      .20
1 pair Leather gloves                                 .22
1 Pair Silk gloves                                      .34
1 Pair worsted Stockings                          .18
1 Pair New Cotten Stockings                   .50
1 Pair Old Cotten Stockings                     .36
2 Pair woolen Stocins                               .42
1 Read woolen Shall                               1.00
1 Black silk henckerchif                           .33
2 Old hendckerchifs                                 .26
1 Trunk                                                     1.25
2 Pair Shewes                                           .50
1 Colash ?? 1 work bag                            .23

We find in her guardains
Hand mr Heman Ray
Notes of hand of                             454.50
On interest from                          -----------
January 14'th 1818                    $ 476.28.

Westminster March 29'th 1826
                        Wm Penniman  }  Appraisers
                        Luke Bigelow    }
                        Nathan Whitney

Worcester Ss  May 18, 1826 Personally appeared Mrs. Martha
Seaver and made solemn oath that this is a true Inventory
of all the Estate of said Rosilla Seaver Deceased which has come
to her knowledge and that if any other of the Estate of
said deceased should be by her found she will account
for the same in the Probate Office.     
                                         Before Nath Paine JProb            

The source citation for this probate case file is:

Worcester County, Massachusetts, Probate case files, Case file 52921-1/2 (18 images), administration of Rosilla Seaver of Westminster, 1825, "Worcester County (Massachusetts) Probate File Papers, 1731-1881," digital images, New England Historical and Genealogical Society, American Ancestors  ( accessed 11 December 2022).

Rosilla Seaver (1806-1825) was born on 16 March 1806 in Westminster, Massachusetts, the 9th child and fifth daughter of Benjamin and Martha (Whitney) Seaver.  She died on 18 September 1825 in Westminster at age 19.  Her father, Benjamin Seaver (1757-1816) died intestate in 1816 and left a large estate to his wife and children.  Heman Ray was appointed Guardian of Rosilla when her father died, and her share of Benjamin's estate was $454.50 plus interest from 18 January 1818.  The inventory of Rosilla's personal estate as $21.78, 

Apparently, Rosilla was feebleminded and lived with her mother after her father died.  Four men testified to the Court that $25 per year was a reasonable amount to be paid to her mother.  After funeral charges, debts and fees were accounted for, the balance in the administrator's account was $229.28.  The Court ordered that her 9 brothers an sisters, or their representatives, be awarded $25.47 in equal shares.

This inventory and administrator's account occurred because Rosilla inherited a significant amount of money from her father's intestate estate.  Her personal property list, included clothing, a trunk, and shoes, may be typical for a 19 year old girl in 1825.

Relief Seaver (1774-1795) is my 3rd great-grandaunt.  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 of records of my ancestors at Amanuensis Monday Posts.

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