Monday, October 23, 2023

Amanuensis Monday -- 1892 Will of John K. Seaver of Franklin County, New York

 This week's document for transcription is the 1892 will of John K. Seaver, in the Franklin  County, New York Surrogate Court records.

*  Franklin County, New York Surrogates Court Records, Wills Vol. 011, Page 150, image 114 of 402:

The transcription of this one page document is:

Will   In the Name of God. Amen.
I John K. Seaver, of the age of sixty five years
and upwards being of sound mind and memory
and considering the uncertainty of this frail and
transitory life, do therefore make, ordain, publish and
declare this to be my last Will and Testament, that is to say:

First - After all my lawful debts are paid and dis-
charged, I give and bequeath to my Wife, Harriett Newall
Seaver, and to her heirs and assigns forever, all my
Property and Estate whether Real, Personal or Mixed,
wheresover situate; and
Likewise I make, constitute and appoint my said
wife Harriet Newall Seaver to be my executrix of
this my last Will and Testament, hereby revoking all
former Wills by me made.

In witness Whereof, I have hereunto subscribed
my name and affixed my seal, the second day of January
in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and
ninety two.

                                           John K. Seaver   L.S,

The above ^written^ instrument was subscribed by the said
John K. Seaver in our presence, and acknowledged by
him to each of us; and he at the same time declared
the above instrument, so subscribed, to be his last Will
and Testament; and we, at his request, have signed our
names as witnesses hereto, in his presence and in the
presence of each other, and written opposite our names
our respective places of residence.
Julius C. Saunders         Malone, N.Y.
George H. Mulholland   Malone, N.Y.

[In the left margin:]

Received the original will of 
J.K. Seaver Aug. 22 1900
Harriet N. Seaver, Executrix.

The source citation for this will is:

New York Surrogates Court, Probate files, Franklin County > "Wills, Vol. 011, 1895-1905," page 150 (image 142 of 402), James K. Seaver will, written 2 January 1892, presented 22 August 1900; "New York, U.S., Wills and Probates, 1659-1999," digital images,   ( : accessed 22 October 2023); Original data is from New York County, District and Probate Courts filmed by FamilySearch.

John Kinsley Seaver (1826-1900) was born 22 April 1826 in Salisbury, Vermont, the son of Joshua and Betsey (Bigelow) Seaver.  He died before 22 August 1900 when his will was presented to the Franklin County Surrogates Court by his executrix.  He married Harriet Newell Moore (1826-1904) on 9 December 1848 in Manchester, New Hampshire.  They had three children:

*  John K. Seaver (1850-????).
* Milton Seaver (1851-????).
*  Olin Julian Seaver (1853-1883), married 1873 Martha "Mattie" Lovell (1855-b.1880). 

Apparently, none of the children survived John Kinsley Seaver's death.

The pages above are a Probate Court clerk's copy, transcribed to the court record book and therefore a Derivative Source (although there was testimony that the original will filed in the court was transcribed carefully and exactly),  It is Primary Information and Direct Evidence of the relationships, dates and places noted therein.

I am a second cousin five times removed to John Kinsley Seaver (1826-1900), with the common Seaver ancestor being 6th great-grandfather Robert Seaver (1702-1752).


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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