Monday, August 28, 2023

Amanuensis Monday -- 1908 Will of Laura A. Seaver (1838-1908) of Colton, New York

This week's document for transcription is the 1908 Will of Laura A. Seaver (1838-1908) of Colton, New York, filed in St. Lawrence County, New York Surrogates Court records.

St. Lawrence County, New York Surrogates Court Records, Volume 40, page 672:

The transcription of this one page document is:

Last Will and Testament,

I Laura A. Seaver, of the town of Colton in the County of St. Lawrence and
State of New York, 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 direct that all my just debts and funeral expenses be paid.

Second.  I hereby give, devise and bequeath all my property both real and "per-
sonal" to my beloved grand daughter Ruth G. Irish, and her heirs by marriage if there
ever be any; if not, then at the death of Ruth G. Irish, all the said property
left at her death shall go to her sister Laura L. Irish, her heirs and assignees for-
ever.  I also give and bequeath to my son Herbert E. Irish, the sum of Five Dollars,

I also do hereby give and bequeath to my husband George L. Seaver a life
lease of all the named said property as long as he may live and that he shall be
used and cared for in a proper and becoming manner; and that all the property shall
remain the same after my death and no "incumbrance" shall be placed upon it so long
as the said George L. Seaver shall live; but at the death of the said George L. Sea-
ver, the said Ruth G. Irish can sell or dispose of the said property as she may see

I also authorize the said named executor to have power to appoint and name
a guardian for the said Ruth G. Irish if it is found necessary after my death.

Lastly, I hereby appoint Earl J. Abernathy of the town of Colton, St. Law., Co.,
New York, executor of this, my last Will and Testament: hereby revoking all former
Wills by me made.

In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto subscribed my name the thirty first day
of January, in the year one thousand nine hundred and eight.

                                                                                     Laura A. Seaver

We, whose names are hereto subscribed Do Certify, that on the 31st day of Jan-
uary 1908, Laura A. Seaver the testator, subscribed her name to this instrument in our
presence and in the presence of each of us, and at the same time, in our presence and
hearing, declared the same to be her last Will and Testament, and requested us and
each of us, to sign our names thereto as witnesses to the execution thereof, which we
hereby do in the presence of the testator and of each other on the said date, and
write opposite our names our respective places of residence.

Mrs. Philip Healy, residing at South Colton, N.Y.
Mrs. John Barkley, residing at South Colton, N.Y.

The source citation for this will is:

New York Surrogates Court, Probate files, St. Lawrence County > "Wills, Vol 0040-0042, 1907-1911," Volume 0040, page 672 (image 337 of 846), Laura A. Seaver will, dated 31 January 1908, proved 31 July 1908; "New York, U.S., Wills and Probates, 1659-1999," digital images, ( : accessed 27 August 2023); Original data is from New York County, District and Probate Courts filmed by FamilySearch..

Laura A. (Anderson) (Irish) Seaver (1838-1908) was born 24 August 1838 in New York, the daughter of Darius Bordwell and Mary (Collins) Anderson.  She married (1) 10 December 1855 to James S. Irish (1825-1884), and they had at least three children, two of whom were living in 1908.  Laura married (2) 19 June 1892 to George Lysander Seaver (1834-1917) in Colton, New York.  They had no children together.  Laura died on 3 June 1908 in Colton, New York.

In her will, Josiah mentions her husband George L. Seaver, her son Herbert E. Irish, and her granddaughters Ruth G. Irish and Laura L. Irish.  She provides a life estate for her husband, $5 to her son Herbert E. Irish, and all of the real and personal property to her granddaughter Ruth G. Irish after George L. Seaver dies.  If Ruth died, then the estate would go to Ruth's sister, Laura L. Irish.  The probate record names George L. Seaver (husband), Herbert E. Barkley (a son of Laura's sister, Dora (Anderson) Barclay) and Herbert E. Irish (Laura's son) as next of kin. 

George Lysander Seaver (1834-1917) is my 2nd cousin 5 times removed, with my 6th great-grandfather Robert Seaver (1702-1752) 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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1 comment:

Melis said...

Wills, across time, are always so fascinating to me...who things are left to and how.'s a solid reminder to update my own will ;-) Thanks for sharing this transcription!