Monday, July 10, 2023

Amanuensis Monday -- 1894 Will and Two Codicils of Hannah Seaver (1813-1905) of Enfield, New Hampshire

This week's document for transcription is the 1894 Will (and two codicils) of Hannah Seaver (1813-1905) of Enfield, Bristol, Grafton County, New Hampshire.

Grafton County, New Hampshire Probate Records - Volume 88, Page 236:

The transcription of this document on the two pages is:

In the name of God Amen. I Hannah Seaver of the town of
Enfield in the County of Grafton and State of New Hampshire
being of a sound and perfect mind and memory and desiring
that the following described property may be disposed of at
my decease according to the arrangements herein made, do make
and declare this my last will and testament in regard to

1st. I desire that at my decease all my funeral expenses and
just Debts shall be Paid at once by the within named executor.

2d. I give and bequeath to my son George W. Seaver the sum of 
Fifty Dollars.

3d.  I give and bequeath to my Son in Law Timothy Kidder the
sum of One Hundred Dollars.

4th.  I give and bequeath to my Grand Daughter Nina C. Kidder
Two Shares in the Concord and Montreal Rail Road.

5th.  I give, bequeath or Devise to my Daughter Emma F. Kidder
all the residue or Balance of my Property or estate whether real
or Personal and wherever found and wherever situated.  But if
the said Emma F. Kidder should Die before Nina C. Kidder the
within named In this Will, the said Property shall go to
Nina C. Kidder her heirs or assigns.  But if the said Nina
C. Kidder should Die before Emma F. Kidder the Two Shares
previously mentioned in Article No. Four shall go to Emma 
F. Kidder her heirs or assigns, meaning all the Property be-
queathed or devised in Articles Four and Five of this Will
shall go to Nina C. Kidder and Emma F. Kidder in the
form above described and in Case of death of either one of these
Parties the other shall inherit the other share.

6th.  I do hereby appoint Frank T Currier to be executor of
this my last will and testament for the disposition of the
above described property, hereby revoking all former wills
aby me made in regard thereto.

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and
seal this Twenty Ninth day of October A.D. 1894.
                                                    Hannah Seaver {seal}

The above instrument consisting of one sheet was at the date thereof
signed, sealed, published and declared by the said Hannah
Seaver as and for her last will and testament for the within
described property in the presence of us, who at her request
and in her presence and in presence of each other having
subscribed our names as witnesses thereto.
F. P. Fisher   Enfield Centre, N.H.
J. A. Leet      Enfield, N.H.
F. T. Currier  Enfield Centre, N.H.
Williason Kimball  Enfield.

Enfield N.H. January 9th, 1895.

I hereby revoke so much of the within will as gives George
W. Seaver and his heirs Fifty Dollars In Section Two of 
this will to Emma F. Kidder, her heirs and assigns, and declare
that he or his heirs take nothing under my Will.  As my
Son George W. Seaver is dead my intention is that none
of his heirs shall have any of my Property.

Witness my hand and seal this ninth day of January 1895.
                                                              Hannah Seaver {seal}

 The above codicil was at the date affixed, signed, sealed and
acknowledged to be her last Will and testament and signed in our
presence and at her request and in presence of each other affixed our
names to this Instrument.
Franklin P. Fisher
Carrie W. Kimball
Marth A. Kimball
Frank T. Currier

Enfield, N.H.  August 31, 1899.

I hereby revoke so much of the within will as given Timothy
Kidder and his heirs One Hundred Dollars in Section Three
of this will to Emma F. Kidder her heirs and assigns.
Witness my hand and seal this 31st day of August 1899.

 The above codicil was at the date affixed, signed, sealed and
 acknowledged to be her last Will and testament and signed 
in our presence and at her request and in presence of each other 
affixed our names to this Instrument.

Addie J. Perley
Lois D. Carr
Franklin P. Fisher, M.D.

State of New Hampshire
Grafton, SS.                               Court of Probate.
At a Court of Probate holden at Canaan in said County, 
on the 6th day of June Anno Domini 1905. 
The foregoing instrument, purporting to be the last Will and codicils thereto of Hannah Seaver 
late of Enfield in said County, deceased, having been presented for probate in common 
form by Frank P. Currier 
The Executor therein named;

It appears to me, the Judge of Probate for said County, by the testimony in Court of  F. P. Fisher one of the
witnesses, whose named are to said instrument subscribed, that at the time of the execution thereof the said deceased was more than twenty-one years of age, and of sane mind; that she did sign, seal, and publish the same as her last Will, and that the said 
F.P. Fisher with J.A. Teet and F.P. Currier attested and subscribed the same together, 
as witnesses to the execution thereof, in the presence of the said testator and Franklin P. Fisher with Carrie W. Kimball, Marth A. Kimball
and Frank T. Currier attested and subscribed said first codicil together as witnesses to the execution thereof in presence of said testator and Franklin
P. Fisher with Addie J. Perley and Lois D. Carr attested and subscribed the same second codicil 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.
                                                                                 Tyler Westgate  Judge of Probate
A true record, -- Attest:  R.G. Bartlett  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, (, Grafton County, Probate Records, Vol 88-93, 1903-1926, Volume 88, page 236 (image 123 of 851), will and codicils of Hannah Seaver of Enfield, written 29 October 1894, 9 January 1895 and 31 August 1899, proved 6 June 1905; original data: New Hampshire County, District and Probate Courts.

Hannah P. Averill was born 20 August 1813 in Antrim, New Hampshire, the daughter of Levi John and Mary (Jones) Averill.  She died 29 April 1905 in Enfield, New Hampshire.  Hannah married (1) John Currier Clough (1810-1852) on 14 August 1836 in Lowell, Massachusetts. They had one child:

*  Emma Frances Clough (1844-1928), married 1885 Timothy Kidder (1827-1901).

Hannah married (2) George Seaver (1810-1891) in about 1853, the son of Thomas and Maribee (Bryant) Sever.  They had one son:

*  George Walker Seaver (1854-1894), married 1878 Julia Wyman Gile (1853-1902).

Hannah (Averill) (Clough) Seaver (1813-1905) wrote her will 29 October 1894, with codicils added dated 9 January 1895 and 31 August 1899, and the will with codicils was proved 6 June 1905.  The will bequeathed money to her son-in-law and her son, two shares of stock to her granddaughter Nina C. Kidder, and the residue to her daughter Emma F. Kidder.  After she wrote her will, her son George Walker Seaver died.  The first codicil gives George's portion to Emma in 1895, and the second codicil gave Timothy Kidder's portion to Emma in 1899
The collection of Grafton County, New Hampshire probate records is limited, and is only probate  court clerk transcriptions of wills.  No petitions, letters of administration, inventories, accounts or distributions are available on Ancestry.  On FamilySearch, the probate case files are available for browsing, and there is a separate probate case file index by year and first letter of the surname.  Hannah Seaver has a 53 page case file, including this will  (the case files are not numbered - they are in alphabetical order by last name for each year). 

George Seaver (1810-1891) is my 4th cousin 6 times removed, with our most recent Seaver common 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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