Monday, June 19, 2023

Amanuensis Monday -- 1911 Will of Robert A. Seaver of Manchester, New Hampshire

 This week's document for transcription is the 1911 Will of Robert A. Seaver (1827-1916) of Manchester, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire.

1) Hillsborough County, New Hampshire Probate Records - Volume 246, Page 405:

The transcription of this document is:

                                                                              Robert A. Seaver

Be it known that I, Robert A. Seaver, of Manchester, County of Hillsborough and
State of New Hampshire, do make, publish and declare this my last will and testa-
ment, in manner and form following, that is to say:

First, - I direct my executor hereinafter named to pay all my just debts, funeral
expenses and expenses of administration.

Second, - I give and bequeath to my children, Edgar D. Seaver and Alfred H. Seaver,
each the sum of one dollar ($1) to be theirs respectively and their respective heirs forever.

Third, - All the rest, residue and remainder of my estate, real, personal or mix-
ed, wheresoever situated, I give, bequeath and devise to Alma R. Story, Angela
Taggart and Nancy Person, share and share alike, to be theirs respectively and their
respective heirs forever.

I hereby nominate and appoint James G. Taggart, of said Manchester, executor of
this will, revoking any and all other wills by me heretofore made.

In testimony whereof I have hereto set my hand and seal this 9th day of May, 1911.
                                                                        Robert A. Seaver     (seal)

Signed, sealed and declared by the said Robert A. Seaver, as and for his last
will and testament, in the presence of us, who in his presence and in the presence
of each other, and at his request, have hereto subscribed our names as witnesses.
                                                       William A. Tufts
                                                       Sherman E. Burroughs
                                                       David A. Taggart


At a Court of Probate for the County of Hillsborough, holden at Manchester in said County:
on the 21st. day of March A.D. 1916.
The foregoing instrument, purporting to be the last will of Robert A. Seaver
of Manchester in said County, deceased, having been presented for Probate, in common form
by James G. Taggart the executor therein named

It appears to me, the Judge of Probate for said County, by the testimony in Court of
                                               Sherman E. Burroughs, 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 Sherman E. Burroughs with William A. Tufts and David A. Taggart
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 246-249, 1915--1934, Volume 246, page 405 (image 206 of 907), will of Robert A. Seaver of Manchester, written 9 May 1911, proved 21 March 1916; original data: New Hampshire County, District and Probate Courts.

Robert A. Seaver (1827-1916) was the son of John Gilman and Clarissa (Converse) Seaver of Mendon, Massachusetts.  He married, first, on 4 July 1857 in Holyoke, Massachusetts to Abby B. Rollins (1835-1895), and they had four children:

*  Emma L. Seaver (1858-1860).
*  Edgar Daniel Seaver (1860-1947), married (1) 1884 Lottie A. Robson (1856-1884); (2) 1892 Nellie F. Judkins (1860-1938).
*  Alfred H. Seaver (1864-1934), married (1) 1888 Kate S. Kezor (1865-1895); (2) 1905 Beatrice T. Lorren (1870-????)
*  Ina V. Seaver (1868-????).

Robert A. Seaver married, second, in October 1872 in New Hampshire to Ellen G. "Nellie" Richards (1849-1911).  They had no children.

Robert A. Seaver died 18 February 1916 in Manchester, New Hampshire.  He wrote his will on 9 May 1911, soon after the death of his first wife, and the will was proved on 21 March 1916 in Hillsborough County, New Hampshire.   In his will, he bequeathed $1 each to his two sons, and the remainder and residue of his estate to three women, Alma R. Story, Angela Taggart and Nancy Person,  These three women are sisters of Ellen G. (Richards) Seaver.

Robert A. Seaver (1827-1916) 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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