Monday, August 14, 2023

Amanuensis Monday -- 1859 Will of Nathaniel Seaver (1803-1859) of Troy, New York

 This week's document for transcription is the 1859 Will of Nathaniel Seaver (1803-1859) of Troy, New York, filed in Rensselaer County, New York Surrogates Court records.

Rensselaer County, New York Surrogates Court Records, Volume 53, page 192-193:

Rensselaer County, New York Surrogates Court Records, Volume 53, page 194-195:

The transcription of this two page document is:

 The last will and testament
of Nathaniel Seaver dec'd with the
proofs thereof recorded 27'th of Sept. 1859

In the Name of God Amen.  I Nathaniel Seaver
of the city of Troy in the County of Rensselaer and
State of New York of the age of fifty years and being
of sound mind and memory do make publish
and declare this my last will and testament in
manner following that is to say.

First I give devise and bequeath to my dearly be-
loved wife Ann Seaver her heirs and assigns all and
singular my personal estate goods and chattels
of every name nature and description whatsoever
and wheresoever the same may be situated.

Second I give devise & bequeath to my said wife,
Ann Seaver her heirs and assigns all and singu-
lar my lands tenements and real estate of every
kind and description and wheresoever situated togeth-
er with all and singular the heriditaments and appur-
tenances thereunto belonging or in anywise appertaining
this bequest is intended to cover and convey all such
lands tenements real estate and appurtenances as
I may own possess or be entitled to at the time of
my death as well ass that which I now own or
possess in fee simple or otherwise.  To have and to
hold the same with each and every the said
hereditaments and appurtenances to the said Ann
Seaver her heirs and assigns forever.

Third it is my will and I hereby give and
bequeath to my said wife Ann Seaver all personal
all personal property goods chattels and effects
hereafter acquired by me and which I may own
at the time of my death and all my right title
and interest in the same.

Fourth I hereby nominate and appoint
my said wife Ann Seaver sole executrix
of this my last will and testament hereby
revoking all former wills by me made.

In Witness whereof I have hereunto set
my hand and seal this eighth ^day^ of March
in the year of our Lord one thousand
eight hundred and fifty nine.

The above instrument         }  Nathaniel Seaver L.S.
consisting of one half sheet}
was at the date thereof       }
signed sealed published
and declared by the said Nathaniel Seaver
as and for his last will and testament in
presence of us who at his request and in his
presence and in the presence of each other have
subscribed our names as witnesses thereto
John Moran residing at Troy in Rensselaer County
Thomas J. Cornelius residing at Troy in Rensselaer County.

The source citation for this probate case file is:

New York Surrogates Court, Probate files, Rensselaer County > "Probate Records Vol 0051-0054, 1857-1861," Volume 53, pages 193-195 (images 549-550 of 958), Nathaniel Seaver will, dated 8 March 1859; "New York, U.S., Wills and Probates, 1659-1999," digital images, ( : accessed 16 February 2021); Original data is from New York County, District and Probate Courts filmed by FamilySearch..

Nathaniel Seaver (1803-1859) was born 6 December 1803 in Heath, Massachusetts, the son of Royal and Olive (Swan) Seaver.  Her married Ann Donelson (c1807-????) in about 1830, probably in Franklin County, Massachusetts.  Nathaniel died 18 July 1859 in Troy, New York.  They had no children.

Nathaniel Seaver (1803-1859) is my 3rd cousin 5 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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