Monday, August 21, 2023

Amanuensis Monday -- 1847 Will of Josiah W. Seaver (1777-1847) of Rochester, New York

  This week's document for transcription is the 1847 Will of Josiah W. Seaver (1777-1847) of Rochester, New York, filed in Monroe County, New York Surrogates Court records.

Monroe County, New York Surrogates Court Records, Volume 4, page 95:

The transcription of this one page document is:

 Record of Will

In the name of God amen.  I Josiah W. Seaver of the city of
Rochester so make and declare this my last Will and testament.
1  That my just debts and funeral expenses be paid.
2  I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Abigail the one third
part of all my personal and Real Estate during her natural life.
3  I give and bequeath to Abby M. Paine and her children all my
real Estate on Grouse Street in said City with the mortgage from
Bishop for $2000 as well as all the title and property and lien on the
same that in in all property formerly owned by M.S. Bishop.
4  It is my will that all the balance of my Estate be vested in
and become the property of my daughter Abby H. Harding
during her life and after her decease to her children and those
she may hereafter have as wife of Robert Harding.
     I appoint N.E. Paine and Robert Harding my executors to this
my last will.
     Dated and sealed the 29'th day of September 1847.
Signed and sealed in the presence of                  Josiah W. Seaver  {L.S.}
the testator who at his request and in his
H. Buck of the city of Rochester
George Kimball of the city of Rochester
     I further order that my Mother have a good
living out of my Estate as long as she lives.
H. Buck of the city of Rochester
George M. Kimball of the city of Rochester

State of New York
Monroe County Ss
Be it remembered that at a Surrogates court
held at Rochester in and for the county of Monroe on the tenth day
of January A.D. 1848 before Moses Sperry Surrogate of said county
the last will and testament of Josiah W. Seaver late of the city of Rochester
in the county of Monroe aforesaid deceased of which the preceding rec-
ord of Will is a true copy was duly proved and admitted to probate
after citation for that purpose had been issued served returned and
filed according to law.  And the following depositions were thereupon
taken and filed to establish the execution genuinness and validity of
the said will.

County of Monroe Surrogates court
In the matter of proving the will
of Josiah W. Seaver deceased.

The source citation for this will is:

New York Surrogates Court, Probate files, Monroe County > "Wills, Vol 004, 1847-1851," Volume 4, page  95(image 119 of 550), Josiah W. Seaver will, dated 29 September 1847, proved 10 January 1848; "New York, U.S., Wills and Probates, 1659-1999," digital images, ( : accessed 20 August 2023); Original data is from New York County, District and Probate Courts filmed by FamilySearch..

Josiah Willis Seaver (1777-1847) was born 12 April 1777 in Norwich, Vermont, the son of Nathaniel and Mary (Bush) Seaver.  Josiah died 29 September 1847.  He married (1) Hannah Goodwin (1778-1826) on 29 May 1809 in Berwick, Maine.  They had five children:

*  Mary Seaver (1811-1816).
*  Susan Seaver (1813-????), married 1832 Samuel W. Austin (1808-????).
*  Abigail Hight Seaver (1814-1897), married 1835 Robert Harding (1811-1886).
*  Ichabod Goodwin Seaver (1816-1816).
*  Hannah K. Seaver (1819-1826).

Josiah married (2) Abigail (Stetson) Sprague (1788-1862) on 3 July 1822 in Kingston, Massachusetts.  They had no children.

In his will, Josiah mentions his wife Abigail, his daughter Abby Harding, and his mother (Mary (Bush) (Seaver) Chamberlain, 1758-1849). He gives real property with a mortgage to Abby M. (Sprague) Paine, who was the daughter of Abigail (Stetson) (Sprague) Seaver by her first husband. His executors are N.E. Paine (probably the husband of his step-daughter Abby Paine) and Robert Harding (his son-in-law married to daughter Abby (Seaver) Harding). 

Josiah Willis Seaver (1777-1847) is my 2nd cousin 6 times removed, with my 7th great-grandfather Joseph Seaver (1672-1754) the most recent common Seaver ancestor.


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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