Monday, June 26, 2023

Amanuensis Monday -- 1902 Will of Charles W. Seaver of Manchester, New Hampshire

 This week's document for transcription is the 1902 Will of Charles W. Seaver (1844-1913) of Manchester, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire.

1) Hillsborough County, New Hampshire Probate Records - Volume 230, Page 493:

The transcription of this document on the right-hand page is:


                                                                                                        Charles W. Seaver

That I, Charles W. Seaver, of Manchester in the County of Hillsborough and
State of New Hampshire, considering the uncertainty of this mortal life and being
of sound mind and memory, do make this my last will and testament.

I.  I direct my Executrix hereinafter named to pay all my just debts and
funeral expenses as soon after my decease as may be convenient and to cause a
suitable inscription to my memory to be placed on the family monument of
Joseph H. Flint in the cemetery in Bedford in said County; and I further direct
that I shall be buried in said lot where said monument has been erected.

II.  I give, bequeath and devise all the rest, residue and remainder
of my estate, real, personal and mixed, wherever found and however described,
to my beloved wife, Sarah A. P. Seaver, to her use and disposal during her
natural life, with power to sell and convey said rest and residue, but not to
dispose of the same by will; and what is remaining at her decease undisposed
of by her I give, bequeath and devise in equal shares to Roland L. Stickney
and Raymond P. Stickney, both of said Manchester, nephews of my said wife
and their heirs.

III.  I do hereby nominate and appoint my said wife, Sarah A. P. Seaver,
sole Executrix of this my last will and testament, hereby revoking all former
wills by me made.

Witness my hand and seal this 7th. day of November, 1902.

                                                                                  Charles W. Seaver  {seal}

Signed, sealed, published, and declared by the above-named Charles W. Seaver
as his last will and testament, and by us, at his request, in his presence, and
in the presence of each other, subscribed as witnesses.
                                                                     Henry E. Burnham
                                                                      Allen M. Wilson
                                                                     Reed Page Clark


At a Court of Probate for the County of Hillsborough, holden at Manchester in said County:
on the 15th day of April A.D. 1913.
The foregoing instrument, purporting to be the last will of Charles W. Seaver late
of Bedford in said County, deceased, having been presented for Probate, in common form
by Sarah A. P. Seaver the executrix therein named

It appears to me, the Judge of Probate for said County, by the testimony in Court of
                                               Allan M. Wilson, one of the
witnesses whose names are in the said instrument subscribed, that at the time of execution thereof the said deceased was more than twenty-one years of age, and of sane mind, that he did sign, seal, and publish the same as his last will and that the said Allan M. Wilson with Henry E. Burnham and Reed Paige Clark   attested and subscribed the same together as witnesses to the execution thereof, in the presence of said testator.  It is therefore decreed, that the said instrument be, and it is hereby proved, approved and allowed as the last will of  said testator.
                                                                  Geo. A. Wagner    Judge of Probate
A True Entry of Record
                                    ATTEST                   E.J. Copp    Register

The source citation for this probate case file is:

"New Hampshire, U.S., Wills and Probate Records, 1643-1982," indexed database with record images, (, Hillsborough County, Probate Records, Vol 228-230, 1908-1930, Volume 230, page 493 (image 732 of 749), will of Charles W. Seaver of Manchester, written 7 November 1902, proved 15 April 1913; original data: New Hampshire County, District and Probate Courts.

Charles W. Seaver (1844-1913) was born 19 July 1844 in East Boston, Massachusetts, the son of John Gilman and Amy (Maynard) Seaver of   He married, on 26 September 1868 in Manchester, New Hampshire to Sarah A.P. Flint.  She was the daughter of Joseph Hooper and Nancy C. (Parkhurst) Flint.  Charles and Sarah had no children.

Charles W. Seaver died 14 February 1913 in Manchester, New Hampshire.  He wrote his will on 7 November 1902b and the will was proved on 15 April 1913 in Hillsborough County, New Hampshire.   In his will, he bequeathed everything to his wife, Sarah A. P. (Flint) Seaver with the provision that any residue at Sarah's death go to her two nephews.

The collection of Hillsborough County, New Hampshire probate records is limited.  No letters of administration, inventories, accounts or distributions are available.  On FamilySearch, the probate case files are available for browsing, but there appears to be no index of the case files in this time period to help determine the case number for a specific person.  

Charles W. Seaver (1844-1913) is probably a distant cousin of mine; his grandfather is John Seaver (1778-1841) who married Susanna Trumbull.   I have not been able to find parents for 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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