Monday, April 24, 2023

Amanuensis Monday -- 1881 Will of Direxa Seaver (1810-1884) of Keene, New Hampshire

 This week's document for transcription is the 1881 Will of Direxa (Verry) Seaver (1810-1884) of  Keene, Cheshire County, New Hampshire.

1) Cheshire County, New Hampshire Probate Records - Probate File 1188 - Images 1053-4 of 1389:

The transcription of this will is:

Be it remembered that I Direxa Seaver of Keene in the
County of Cheshire and State of New Hampshire, being
of sound and perfect mind, do hereby make and pub-
lish this my last will and testament in the words
following, to wit.

It is my desire that all my just debts and funeral
charges shall first be paid, and that a suitable
monument at my grave may be erected and all
done in a reasonable time and manner.

All my estate both real and personal, not needed
for the above expressed purpose, I give, bequeath
and devise to William T. Seaver, Edwin S. Seaver
being my two sons, and Lottie Maria Seaver
being my grand daughter.  For each one of them
to have and to hold one undivided third part
in their own individual right forever.  The purpose
of this will is to make and give an interest to
my said grand daughter, Lottie Maria Seaver just
equal to that of either of my sons, so that the
three above named shall have from my estate
share and share alike.

I recommend that all my estate be sold after my
decease, and that the proceeds be divided by my
administrator among the said three legatees and
devisees giving each of them one third of such
proceeds instead of their holding the same in
any other form.

I do hereby revoke all former wills or will by
me made.

Witness my hand and seal this the Sixteenth
day of December AD 1881.
                                         Direxa Seaver  {seal}

Signed, sealed, published and declared by the
above named Direxa Seaver to be her last
will and testament in the presence of us, who
at her request, in her presence and in the
presence of each other have subscribed our
names as witnesses thereto.
                                            Clair N. Chan???
                                             Frank C. Sturtevant
                                            Don H. Woodword
The source citation for this probate case file is:

"New Hampshire, U.S., Wills and Probate Records, 1643-1982," indexed database with record images, (, Cheshire County, Estate Files S1141-S1203, 1881-1885, File 1188 (images 1021-1054 of  1379), Direxa Seaver of Keene, 1884; original data: New Hampshire County, District and Probate Courts.

Direxa Verry (1810-1884) was born 22 March 1810 in Swanzey, New Hampshire, the daughter of Daniel and Rebecca (Cleveland) Verry.  She married Abraham Seaver (1807-1881) on 16 October 1832 in Winchester, New Hampshire.  Direxa (Verry) Seaver died 16 March 1884 in Keene, New Hampshire.  They had two children:

*  William Taylor Seaver (1833-1904), married 1862 Minnie Melvina Knight (1841-1918).  No children.
*  Edwin Snow Seaver (1838-1884), married 1861 Lydia Bradford Brown (1836-????).  They had one child, Charlotte Maria (Lottie) Seaver (1863-1946), who married 1891 Henry Albert Derby (1868-1945).

The will of Direxa Seaver was written on 16 December 1881, several months after her husband died. No on was named as the executor of Direxa's will, so the probate court appointed Robert B. Munsell as administrator of the estate with will annexed on 4 April 1884.  The inventory was filed on 10 August 1884, and totaled $2200 in real estate and $108.40 in personal estate.  The real estate sold for $1700, the outstanding debts  totaled $675.79, and after the probate and funeral charges were paid, the estate to be distributed to the three heirs totaled $884.53. Each heir received $294.84.

While the burial record of Direxa (Verry) Seaver says she died on 16 March 1885, the probate process was conducted in 1884.  Direxa's death date is probably 16 March 1884, not 1885.

Abraham Seaver (1807-1881) is my 4th cousin five times removed.  Our common Seaver ancestor is my 8th great-grandfather Shubael Seaver (1640-1731).


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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