Monday, April 17, 2023

Amanuensis Monday -- 1872 Will of Elsie Jane Seaver of Woonsocket, Rhode Island

This week's document for transcription is the 1872 Will of Elsie Jane Seaver (1842-1872) of  Woonsocket, Providence County, Rhode Island.

1) Providence County, Rhode Island Probate Records - Probate File 104 - Image 419 of 1289:

The transcription of this will is:

Know all men by these presents:
That I Elsie Jane Seaver wife of
Nathan A. Seaver of Woonsocket in the
County of Providence and State of Rhode
Island being of sound and disposing mind
and memory do make and publish this my
last Will and Testament.

First, I give devise and bequeath to my
husband Nathan A. Seaver all my estate
real personal and mixed of which I shall
die seized and possessed.  To have and
hold said real estate to him his heirs
and assigns forever.

Second, I hereby constitute and appoint
my said husband Nathan A. Seaver
sole executor of this my last will
and testament, and hereby direct that
he be required to give bond to pay my
just debts and funeral charges only.

In testimony whereof I have hereunto
set my hand, and publish this to be
my last will and testament, in the
presence of the witnesses named below
this 12'th day of May AD 1872.
                                  Elsie Jane Seaver

Signed and published and declared by the said
Elsie Jane Seaver as and for her last
will and testament in presence of
us who in her presence and in
presence of each other, and at her 
request have hereunto subscribed our
names as witnesses.
                                    Edwin Aldrich
                                    Henry Andrews
                                     Arindia Mowry.
The source citation for this probate case file is:

"Rhode Island, U.S., Wills and Probate Records, 1582-1932," indexed database with record images, (, Providence County, Probate Files 79-161, File 104, (image 419-420 of 1289), Elsie Jane Seaver of Woonsocket, 1872;  original data: Rhode Island District and Probate Courts.

Elsie Jane Mowry was born 15 April 1842 in Woonsocket, Rhode Island, the daughter of William Rhodes and Delia Ann (Williamson) Mowry of Woonsocket.  She married Nathan Ainsworth Seaver (1842-1901), the son of George W. and Emily (Chamberlain) Seaver of Thompson, Connecticut, on 18 March 1866 in Oxford, Massachusetts. Elsie died 13 May 1872 in Woonsocket.  They had one son:

*  George Franklin Seaver (1866-1942), who married in 1892 to Susan Alice Andrews (1868-1942).

The will of Elsie Jane Seaver was written on 13 May 1872, the day of her death. Her husband Nathan A. Seaver was named the executor.  No mention of their son was made in Elsie's will.  The will was proved in Providence County Probate Records on 4 June 1872.

In another probate file, Nathan was appointed the guardian of George F. Seaver, and managed the estate of George which must have come from the real property of Nathan and Elsie.  On 10 November 1874, Nathan A. Seaver married, secondly, to Nellie Monney (1848-1942) in Moosup, Connecticut.

Nathan Ainsworth Seaver (1842-1901) is probably a cousin of mine.  I do not know who the parents are of George Seaver (1806-1858).


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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