Monday, May 29, 2023

Amanuensis Monday -- 1853 Will of Thomas Seaver of Walpole, New Hampshire

  This week's document for transcription is the 1853 Will of Thomas Seaver (1772-1862) of  Walpole, Cheshire County, New Hampshire.

1) Cheshire County, New Hampshire Probate Records - Estate File S760, Image 763 of 1543:

The transcription of this will is:

In the name of God, Amen.  I Thomas Seaver
of the Town of Walpole, in the County of Cheshire, and State of 
Newhampshire, being of sound mind and memory (blessed
be Almighty God for the same) do make and publish this
my last Will and Testament.

I give and bequeth to my beloved Daughter Harriet S. Seaver
all the property, both real and personal, I may be possessed of
at the time of my death; to have and to hold the same to
her and her assigns forever.

The reason why I give nothing to the rest of my Children is because
I think they have, each and all of them, already had their full
share when I had means to do more for my family and friends
than I can now in my reduced circumstances.  And I give
all to my beloved Daughter Harriet S. Seaver with a view to compen-
sate her so far as I have means for her faithful service in
taking care of her Parents, especially her dear Mother in
her long protracted sickness.

And I do hereby nominate and appoint my beloved Daughter
Harriet S. Seaver to be the Executrix of this my last will and Testament.

In testimony whereof I hereunto set my hand and seal, and
publish and decee this to be my last Will and Testament
in presence of the witnesses named blow, this ninth day of
November in the year of our Lord one thousand eight
hundred and fifty three.
                                                      Thomas Seaver   {seal}

Signed, sealed, declared and published by the said Thomas
Seaver as and for his last Will and Testament in presence of us
who at his request and in his presence and in presence of each
other have subscribed our names as witnesses hereto.
     Oliver Martin
     Lois Martin
     Jacob Brown.
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 S759-S783, 1860-1864, File S760 (images 755-765), Thomas Seaver of Walpole, 1862; original data: New Hampshire County, District and Probate Courts.

Thomas Seaver (1772-1862) was born 29 June 1772 in Northborough, Massachusetts, the son of Thomas and Hannah (Wood) Sever.  He married on 13 November 1799 in Walpole, New Hampshire to Eunice Reddington (1777-1750).  Thomas Seaver died 5 December 1862 in Walpole.  Thomas and Eunice (Reddington) Seaver had nine children:

*  Charles Seaver (1800-1804).
*  Henry O. Seaver (1802-1813).
*  Harriet S. Seaver (1804-1892).
*  Almira Ann Seaver (1806-1863), married 1828 Samuel Prentiss (1800-1853).
*  Susan C. Seaver (1808-1835), married 1828 Leonard Worcester (1799-1835).
*  Mary E. Seaver (1809-1852), married 1832 Francisco B. Lopez (1805-????).
*  Hannah Lucia Seaver (1811-????), married 1838 John Calvin Weir (1807-1874).
*  Eunice Rebecca Seaver (1815-????), married 1846 William Thomas Mathews (1804-????).
*  Thomas Henry Seaver (1818-1852), married 1850 Julia E. Weir (1830-1877).

This will is the original handwritten will written on 9 November 1853 and proved in Cheshire County Probate Court on 16 December 1862.  The estate file contains executrix's petitions, and bond to pay debts, but no inventory or account.

When Thomas Seaver wrote his will, only four of his children were living.  

Thomas Seaver (1772-1862) is my 4th cousin six times removed.  Our common Seaver ancestor is my 9th great-grandfather Robert Seaver (1608-1683).


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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