Monday, May 22, 2023

Amanuensis Monday -- 1830 Will of Elisa Seaver of Swanzey, New Hampshire

  This week's document for transcription is the 1830 Will of Elisa Seaver (1807-1830) of  Harrisville, Cheshire County, New Hampshire.

1) Cheshire County, New Hampshire Probate Records - Wills, Estate File S422, Image 338 of 1576:

The transcription of this will is:

In the Name of God Amen
I Elisa Seaver of Swanzey in the 
county of Cheshire being weak in body and of a sound
and disposing mind and memory & considering the uncertainty
of this life and being desirous to settle my worldly affairs
while I have strength and capacity so to do, do make and
publish this my last will and testament and therein and
thereby dispose of all my worldly estate in manner following.

Firstly - I give, bequeath and devise unto Sarah Wheeler, the
wife of Lumend Wheeler my black crape gound white
muslin gound Crepe[??] candlesticks and one calico gound.

Secondly, I give, bequeath and devise unto Sarah S. Whitcomb
a dauter of Jon'a Whitcomb Jr my blue crape gound blue-
wollen bed quilt gold beeds and my wollen polee?s.

Thirdly I give bequeth and devise unto Lucy Whitcomb
the ^wife^ of Jon'a Whitcomb Jr. the remainder of all my
personal property that I have left.
Then after paying to Jon'a Whitcomb Jr for my board in
helth and his services for me in in my last sickness
and his procuring my grave Stones and other expenses
he may be at is to be paid out of my interest in my
father's undivided estate which he willed ^to me^ in his
lifetime, the remainder to be equally divided
between Sarah Wheeler wife of Luman Wheeler
Lucy Whitcomb wife of Jon'a Whitcomb Jr Shubael
Seaver John P Seaver and Alfred Seaver.

Fourthly and lastly I hereby nominate constiitute and appoint
Jon'a Whitcomb Jr to be executor of this my last will and testament.

In testimony where of I the said Elisa Seaver have to this
my last will and testament set my hand and seal this
twenty fourth day of November in the year of our Lord one thousand
eight hundred and thirty.
                                                                      Elisa Seaver
Signed sealed published and declared by the
above named Elisa Sever as and for her last
will and testament presence of us who at
her request in her presence of each other
have subscribed our names as witness thereunto.
                                                           Jonathan Whitcomb
                                                           Martin  Thompson
                                                           Wm Seaver
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 S411-S467, 1829-1838, File 1S422 (images 301-338), Elisa Seaver of Swanzey, 1831; original data: New Hampshire County, District and Probate Courts.

Elisa Seaver (1837-1830) was born in about 1807 in Swanzey, New Hampshire, the daughter of Shubael and Sarah (Pierce) Seaver.  Elisa died at age 23 on 15 December 1830 in Swanzey.  Her parents had six children - Polly Seaver (1799-1815), Sarah Seaver (1802-1831), Shubael Seaver (1804-????), Elisa Seaver (1807-1830)  , John P. Seaver (1809-1889) and Alfred Seaver (1814-1868).  The five siblings of Elisa Seaver were all mentioned in the will.  

After her mother, Sarah (Pierce) Seaver (1777-1815), died in 1815, the father, Shubael Seaver (1773-1828) married, secondly, Hepsibath Stratton and had five more children with her.  However, Elisa left no legacies for her half-siblings.

Lucy (Seaver) Whitcomb (1805-1831), the wife of Jonathan Whitcomb, Jr., was the daughter of William Hyde and Polly (Pierce) Seaver of Swanzey;  William Hyde Seaver (1779-1854) was the brother of Shubael Seaver (1773-1828).

This will is the original handwritten will written on 24 November 1830 and proved in Cheshire County Probate Court on 4 December 1832.  An inventory of the personal estate, a list of the debts and credits, several accounts by the executor, and assorted papers are in the estate file.

Elisa Seaver (1807-1830) is my 4th cousin five times removed.  Our common Seaver ancestor is my 8th great-grandfather Shubael Seaver (1640-1729).

I did not have Elisa Seaver in my RootsMagic family tree.  It took me awhile to find her in records.  There is no birth or death record for her in Cheshire County, New Hampshire.  She does have a Find A Grave memorial (as Miss Elisa Seaver, age 23, Homestead Cemetery, West Swanzey, New Hampshire - see  Her parents, several siblings and her Seaver grandparents are also buried in this cemetery.


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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