Monday, July 3, 2023

Amanuensis Monday -- 1898 Will of Eben Seaver of Bristol, New Hampshire

 This week's document for transcription is the 1898 Will of Eben Seaver (1849-1898) of Bristol, Grafton County, New Hampshire.

Grafton County, New Hampshire Probate Records - Volume 76, Page 398:

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

 I Eben Seaver do make this my last will and

First I give and devise to my son Edgar E. Seaver he
sum of one dollar.

Second I give and devise to my son Fred E. Seaver
the sum of one dollar.

Third All the rest of my estate I give bequeath and
devise unto my beloved wife Sarar Seaver and her
heirs forever and I d hereby constitute and appoint 
my wife sole executrix of this my last will and

Witness my hand and seal this 22 day of February
                                                 Eben Seaver   {seal}

Signed and sealed by the above named Evin Seaver
as his last will and testament and by us in his
presence and at his request subscribed as witnesses
Mary A. Dutton
Lizzie A. Jones
John S. Conner.

State of New Hampshire
Grafton, SS.
At a Court of Probate held at Bristol in said County on the 19'th day of July Anno Domini 1898. The foregoing instrument purporting to be the last Will of Evin Seaver late of Bristol in said County, deceased, having been presented for probate in common form by Sarah Seaver the Executrix therein named;

It appears to me, the Judge of Probate for said County, by the testimony in Court of  John S. Conner 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 he did sign, seal, and publish the same as his last Will, and that the said John S. Conner  with Mary A. Sutton and Lizzie A. Jones attested and subscribed the same together, as witnesses to the execution thereof, in the presence of the said devisor -- I do therefore decree that said instrument be, and it is hereby proved, approved, and allowed as the last Will of the said devisor.
                                                                                  John 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 75-78, 1894-1921, Volume 76, page 398 (image 280 of 863), will of Eben Seaver of Lebanon, written 22 February 1898, proved 19 July 1898; original data: New Hampshire County, District and Probate Courts.

Ebenezer Seaver (1849-1898) was born in about 1849 in Claremont, Sullivan County, New Hampshire, the son of John Leet and Fanny E. (Cone) Seaver.  He died 6 March 1898 in Bristol, Grafton County, New Hampshire.  

Eben married (1) to Katie Burnham (1853-1874) on 14 January 1871 in Claremont.  They had one child:

*  Clarence W. Seaver (1870-1914).

Eben married (2) to Sarah J. Gray (1847-1925) on 26 December 1874 in Bristol.  They had two children:

*  Edgar E. Seaver (1875-1963), married 1898 Eva Rebecca Sanborn (1877-1950).
*  Fred Eugene Seaver (1877-1954, married 1899 Ella M. Howard (1878-1957).

Ebenezer Seaver died 13 March 1898 in Bristol, New Hampshire.  He wrote his will on 22 February 1898 and the will was proved on 19 July 1898 in Grafton County, New Hampshire.  In his will, he gave his two sons one dollar each, and the remainder of his estate to his wife, Sarah.  There is no mention of the son Clarence from the first marriage.  Note that the probate court clerk spelled Eben's name wrong in two places in the proving statement, and Sarah's name wrong in the will transcription.

The collection of Grafton County, New Hampshire probate records is limited.  No petitions, letters of administration, inventories, accounts or distributions are available.  On FamilySearch, the probate case files are available for browsing, and there is a separate probate file index by year and first letter of the surname.  Eben Seaver has only this will, and the petition of the executrix to the court, and a bond petition, in the probate estate file (the case files are not numbered - they are in alphabetical order by last name for each year. 

Ebenezer Seaver (1849-1898) is my 5th cousin 4 times removed, with our most recent Seaver common ancestor is my 8th great-grandfather Shubael Seaver (1640-1729).


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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