Monday, April 3, 2023

Amanuensis Monday -- 1893 Will of Allyn D. Seaver (1846-1893) of Wilbraham, Massachusetts

 This week's document for transcription is the 1893 Will of Allyn D. Seaver (1846-1893) of  Wilbraham, Hampden County, Massachusetts.

1) Hampden County [Massachusetts] Probate Records - Volume 113, page 166, 1893 Will of Allyn D. Seaver - Image 505 of 939:

The transcription of this will is:

Case No. 19202
Allyn D. Seaver

Be it remembered that I, Allyn D. Seaver of Wilbraham
in the County of Hampden, Mass. being of sound mind and
memory, but knowing the uncertainty of this life, do make
this my last will and testament.

After the payment of my just debts and funeral charges,
I bequeath and devise as follows:

1'st.  I give and bequeath to my son, Allyn M. Seaver,
Three hundred & fifty dollars.

2'nd.  I give and bequeath to my son, Cassius B. Seaver,
Three hundred & fifty dollars.

3'rd.  I give and bequeath to my son, James L. Seaver,
Three hundred & fifty dollars.
To be paid to them respectively within one year after my decease.

4'th.  I give and bequeath also to my son Allyn M. Seaver,
My gold watch.

5'th.  I give and bequeath to my wife, Ella M. Seaver, all
my household furniture, wearing apparel and all the rest and
residue of my personal property, after payment of my debts and
6'th.  I give and devise to my wife, Ella M. Seaver all of my
real estate, together with any and all estate right or interest in
lands which I may acquire after the date o this will; but on
her decease, the remainder thereof I give and devise to my said
sons and their heirs, respectively, to be divided in equal shares
between them.

7'th  I ordain and appoint A. Jackson Blanchard and my
eldest son, Allyn M. Seaver as executors of this my last will
and testament and request that they be excused from giving
sureties on their bond.

In testimony whereof I hereunto set my hand, and in the
presence of three witnesses declare this to be my last Will, this
twenty first day of August in the year one thousand eight hun-
dred and ninety three.
                                                      Allyn D. Seaver  {seal}

On the twenty first day of August A.D. 1893, Allyn D.
Seaver of Wilbraham has signed the foregoing instrument in our
presence, declaring it to be his last Will, and as witnesses thereof
we three do now, at his request, in his presence, and in the
presence of each other, thereto subscribe our names.
                                                            Dwight W. Eddy
                                                            Austin Davis
                                                            John H. Dudley

A true record:
                      Attest,  Sam'l 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. 111-114, 1864 and 1892-1899, Volume 113, Page 166 (image 506 of 939), Allyn D. Seaver of Wilbraham, 1893;  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!!) and is the only document for a Seaver person in this volume.  There are no other case papers in other volumes, but Ancestry's indexing often leaves individual papers out.  FamilySearch has this probate court records for 1891-1894 on digital microfilm, but it is identical to the above records, and not indexed.  FamilySearch also 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.

Allyn Delos Seaver (1846-1893)  was born 6 March 1846 in Ludlow, Massachusetts, the son of  George and Pulcheria Marcia (Plumley) Seaver.  He married Ella Milla Benedict (1850-1895) in about 1869 in Hampden County.  They had three children:

*  Allyn Marcellus Seaver (1871-1957), married (1) 1896 Lillian E. Bennett (1876-1932); (2) 1938 Florence May Moore (1887-????); (3) 1943 Estella Blanche Hier ((1879-1952).
*  Cassius Benedict Seaver (1787-1942), married (1) 1899 Imogene Estelle Bennett (1874-1917); (2) about 1924 Flora Benway (1889-????).
*  James Lacortis Seaver (1879-1946), married 1901 Mabel I. Jones (1876-????).

The will was written on 21 August 1893, and no date of presenting and proving the will is available in this record.  A. Jackson Blanchard and Allyn M. Seaver were named as executors.

Allyn Delos Seaver (1846-1893) may be a cousin of mine, but I do not know the parents of his grandfather, John Seaver (1778-1841).


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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