Monday, February 27, 2023

Amanuensis Monday -- 1870 Will of Jane A.E. Sever of Plymouth, Massachusetts

This week's document for transcription is the 1871 Will of Jane A. E. Sever (1805-1871) of Plymouth, Massachusetts.

1)  Plymouth County [Massachusetts] Probate Records Estate File 17829 - 1870 Will of Jane A.E.  Sever - Image 9 of 13:

2)  Plymouth County [Massachusetts] Probate Records Estate File 17829 - 1871 Will of Jane A.E.  Sever - Image 10 of 13:

3)  Plymouth County [Massachusetts] Probate Records Estate File 17829 - 1871 Will of Jane A.E.  Sever - Image 11 of 13:

The transcription of this will is:

[image 9 of 13]

This is the Last Will and Testament of me Jane A. E. Sever of
Plymouth in the County of Plymouth and Commonwealth of
Massachusetts widow.

I direct that all my just debts and funeral expenses
be paid out of my Estate by my Executrix hereinafter named.

I give to my son John Elliott Sever if he shall be living at
my decease or to any descendants of his then living if he shall
be then dead having left issue then living my copy of the
Works of Edmund Burke now in my house at said

I give and devise my said house where I now reside
and all my real estate in said Plymouth, also all my
wearing apparel, furniture, house linen, plates and all
goods & chattels in and about said house at the time of my
^decease^ not otherwise herein disposed of to my daughters Catharine
Elliot Sever and Jane Elliott Harrison wife of Alexander M.
Harrison to Have & to Hold the same to them my said
daughters and to their Heirs Executors Administrators and
Assigns in Equal shares as Tenants in Common, to their
respective sole and Separate use free from the Control or interference
of any husband and not liable to his debts or Engagements.

[image 10 of 13]

I give and bequeath to my Son Charles W. Sever of Cambridge
in the County of Middlesex his promissory note to me for
($600) six hundred dollars.

All the rest and residue of my property and Estate
real personal & mixed including my shares in the
Capital Stock of the Merchants Insurance Company
established in Boston of the Old Colony and Newport
Railroad Company and of the Plymouth National Bank
of or to which I shall be seized, possessed or Entitled ^at my decease^
whether acquired before or after  the date hereof.  I give
bequeathe and devise to my said daughter Catherine Elliott
Sever To Have and to Hold the Same to her ^her^ heirs
Executors Administrators & Assigns to her sole and 
separate use forever.

I appoint my said daughter Catharine to be the
Executrix of this Will & Testament and I order and
direct that she shall not be required to give
any Surety or sureties on her Bond as such Executrix.

In Witness whereof I have hereunto on this the fourth
day of November in the year Eighteen hundred and
seventy set my hand.
                                                   Jane A E Sever

Signed sealed published and declared by the 
above named Jane A E Sever as and for her

[image 11 of 13]

last Will and Testament on this the fourth day of November
in the year Eighteen hundred and seventy in the presence
of us who have hereunto set our names in her presence
at her request and in the presence of each other on said
day as witnesses thereunto.  The words "decease" "at my decease"
and "her" having been first interlined therein before signing by
her of said will.
Anne D. Sever
Emily Sever
Geo. S. Hale

The source citation for this probate case file is:

Plymouth County [Mass.] Register of Probate, Plymouth County (Mass.) Probate Records, 1686-1881, American Ancestors (, Estate file 17829 (13 images), Jane A E Sever of Plymouth, 1871.

Jane Amarinthia Elliott (1805-1871) was born 30 July 1805 in Waynesboro, Georgia, the daughter of Daniel Roberts and Betsy Hayward (Thatcher) Elliott.  Jane died 10 March 1871 in Boston, Massachusetts.  She married on 15 June 1927 in Plymouth Charles Sever (1905-1834), who was born 9 April 1795 in Kingston, Massachusetts, the son of John and Nancy (Russell) Sever.  Charles and Jane (Elliott) Sever had four children:

*  Catherine Elliott Sever (1827-1899).
*  John Elliott Sever (1829-1913).
*  Jane Elliott Sever (1831-1874), married 1858 Alexander Madera Harrison (1829-1881).
*  Charles William Sever (1834-1904), married 1862 Mary Caroline Webber (1841-1923).

There is a petition for probate of the will dated 4 April 1871, a bond for $5000 by the executrix, dated 10 April 1871, and an affidavit of estate value ($9000), approved 21 April 1871, in this estate file.  There are no letters testamentary, inventory or account in this estate file.

Charles Sever (1795-1834) is my 4th cousin 6 times removed.  Our common Seaver ancestor is Robert Seaver (1608-1683) of Roxbury, Massachusetts.


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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