Monday, April 10, 2023

Amanuensis Monday -- 1886 Will and 1899 Codicil of Charles H. Seaver (1829-1901) of Chicopee, Hampden County, Massachusetts.

 This week's document for transcription is the 1886 Will and 1899 Codicil of Charles H. Seaver (1829-1901) of  Chicopee, Hampden County, Massachusetts.

1) Hampden County [Massachusetts] Probate Records - Volume 113, page 166, 1886 Will and 1899 Codicil of Charles H. Seaver - Image 533 of 838:

The transcription of this will is (starting on the left-hand page):

Case #24953
Charles H. Seaver Will

Know all men by these presents, that I, Charles H. Seaver 
of Chicopee, Hampden County, Massachusetts, being of sound
and disposing mind and memory, do make and publish 
this my last Will and Testament here revoking all other
wills by me a any time heretofore made.

1.  I direct that all my just and lawful debts and funer-
al expenses be promptly and economically paid, the year 
of my death inscribed on the Tablet standing on my burial
lot in the Cemetery, and a Head Stone to mark the place of
my burial, which I request may compare favorably with
those now standing on said lot.

2.  I give will and bequeath to Alice L. Ames and Carrie I.
Kimball - nieces of my wife A. Maria Seaver, deceased, joint-
ly and equally all my estate real, personal, and mixed of
which I may die possessed, and

3.  I appoint and constitute said Alice L. Ames, to  be the sole ex-
cutrix of this my last will, and I request that this appoint-
ment be confirmed by the Probate Court, and that no Bonds
be required by said Court for the performance of said trust.

In Testimony whereof, I hereunto set my hand this Third
day of March A.D. 1886, in presence of the witnesses named blow.
                                                            Charles H. Seaver

Signed, published and declared by the said Charles H. Seaver,
as and for his last Will and testament, in presence of us, who 
in his presence and in presence of each other, and at his re-
quest have hereunto set our names as witnesses.
                                                            Norris R. Wood
                                                            W'm. P. McFarland
                                                             Henry J. Boyd.

I, Charles H. Seaver of Chicopee, Massachusetts, make this
codicil to my last will heretofore made by me and dated
March 3'd 1886 which will I hereby ratify and confirm in all
respects save as the same may be changed by this instrument.

Whereas Carrie I. Kimball, niece of my deceased wife named
in my said will has deceased to avoid any mistake or mis-
understanding as to my desire as intended to be expressed in
said will I hereby give devise and bequeath all the estate of which
I shall die seized and possessed, real and personal, to Alice L.
Ames niece of my deceased wife to have the same forever.
Witness my hand this eleventh day of December A.D. 1899.
                                                         Charles H. Seaver

Signed and published by the said Charles H. Seaver as a
codicil to his last will in the presence of us, who in his presence
and in the presence of each other have hereto subscribed our
names as witnesses.
                                                        Chas. C. Spellman
                                                        Abbot L. Cooley
      A true record                              Jennie H. Spellman
                                    Attest       Sam'l S. Spooner   Register
The source citation for this probate case file is:

"Massachusetts, U.S., Wills and Probate Records, 1635-1991," indexed database with record images, (, Hampden County, Guardian Appt; Wills Receipts, Misc. Appointments, Vol. 148-150, 1883-1903, Item 2, Volume 149, Page 454 (image 533 of 838), Charles H. Seaver of Chicopee, 1899;  original data: Massachusetts County, District and Probate Courts.

Note that this volume of probate records in Hampden County is a court clerk's copy (with very nice handwriting!!).  FamilySearch has Hampton County estate files on digital microfilm from 1809 to 1881, but not after 1881.   I did not find this probate record on American Ancestors probate records for Hampden County.

Charles H. Seaver (1829-1901) was born 6 January 1829 in Cavendish, Vermont, the son of Samuel and Hannah (Hatch) Seaver.  He married Ann Maria Carpenter (1830-1885) in Chicopee on 17 January 1856.  They had no children.  Charles H. Seaver died on 28 November 1901 in Chicopee. 

The will of Charles H. Seaver was written on 3 March 1886, and the codicil was written on 11 December 1899.  No date of presenting and proving the will is available in this record.  Alice L. Ames was named the executrix; she was the niece of Ann Maria Carpenter, as was Carrie I. Kimball, who died before the 1899 codicil to the will of Charles H. Seaver.   

Charles H. Seaver (1829-1901) is a 4th cousin 5 times removed.  Our common Seaver ancestor is my 8th great-grandfather Shubael Seaver (1640-1730).


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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