Monday, October 2, 2023

Amanuensis Monday -- 1877 Will of Patrick Seaver (1813-1877) of Smithfield, Richmond County, New York

 This week's document for transcription is the 1877 will of Patrick Seaver, in the Richmond County, New York Surrogate Court records.

Richmond County, New York Surrogates Court Records, Wills and Administrations, Book 9, Page 185, image 426 of 511:

The transcription of this one page document is:


I Patrick Seaver of the Town of Smithfield, County of
Richmond and State of New York, being of sound mind and
memory, do make, publish and declare this my Last Will
and Testament, as follows.  First, I direct my Executrix hereinafter
named to pay all my just debts and funeral expenses.  Second, I
give, bequeath and devise All of my estate both real and personal
wheresoever situated to my beloved wife Maria Seaver, to have and
to hold the same, to her and to her heirs and assigns forever.  Third, 
I hereby nominate, constitute, and appoint my beloved wife Maria
the sole Executrix of this my Last Will and Testament.
In Witness Whereof, I, Patrick Seaver the above named Testator,
have hereunto set my hand and seal this Sixth day of April in the
year of Our Lord, One thousand eight hundred and Seventy Seven.
                                                             Patrick Seaver   L.S.
Signed, Sealed, published and declared by the above named
Testator Patrick Seaver, to be his Last Will and Testament in our
presence, and in his presence, and at his request and in the
presence of each other we have subscribed our names as witnesses
Samuel B. Wood, Middletown, Staten Island
J. Kadletz, Smithfield, Staten Island
L. Seaver, Smithfield, Staten Island.

The source citation for this will is:

New York Surrogates Court, Probate files, Richmond County > "Wills, Vol. N-O, 1874-1877 (images 426 to 428 of 511)," Volume O, Patrick Seaver will, written 6 April 1877, filed 22 May 1877, proved 4 June 1877, "New York, U.S., Wills and Probates, 1659-1999," digital images, ( : accessed 1 October 2023); Original data is from New York County, District and Probate Courts filmed by FamilySearch.

Patrick Seaver (1813-1877) was born 26 December 1813 in Dublin, Ireland, the son of Patrick and Julia (McGlynn) Seaver.  Patrick died before 22 May 1877 when his widow filed his will with the Surrogate's Court.  Patrick married Maria Naughton (1826-1909) on 31 March 1851 in Staten Island, New York.  They had nine children:

*  John Seaver (1852-1860).
*  Richard Seaver (1853-1874).
*  Edward Seaver (1855-1875).
*  James Seaver (1857-1884).
*  Stephen L. Seaver (1859-1877).
*  John Seaver (1860-1881).
*  Mary Katherine Seaver (1862-1948).
*  Julia M. Seaver (1864-1946).
*  Lawrence A. Seaver (1868-1937), married 1899 Mary J. Delaney (1871-1908).

Four of Patrick's children died before 1877, and only three children survived Maria's death in 1909.  All of the surviving children were under the age of majority when Patrick died, and the youngest was age 9.  Maria (Naughton) Seaver probably has a probate record that might provide more information about the extent of the estate and the heirs-at-law.

I am not related to Patrick Seaver or his descendants since Patrick and his ancestors were born in Ireland.  


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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