Monday, October 16, 2023

Amanuensis Monday -- 1894 Will of Harriet P. Seaver (1832-1905) of Huntington, Connecticut

  This week's document for transcription is the 1894 will of Harriet P. Seaver, in the Wyoming  County, New York Surrogate Court records.

*  Wyoming County, New York Surrogates Court Records, Wills Vol. 005-006, Volume 6, Page 271, image 547 of 605:

*  Wyoming County, New York Surrogates Court Records, Wills Vol. 005-006, Volume 6, Page 272-3, image 548 of 605:

The transcription of this two page document is:

Know all men by these Presents,
That I, Harriet P. Seaver of the Town of Huntington,
State of Connecticut, being of sound and disposing mind and mem-
ory, do ordain publish and declare this my Last Will and Tes-
tament in manner and for as follows:

First, I direct that my just debts and funeral expenses
be paid and discharged by my Executrix hereinafter named.

Second, I give and bequeath the sum of One Hundred & Twenty
($120) dollars per annum for ten years after my decease to Rev. John J.
Stealy of the Town of Leslie, State of Michigan to be paid to him in
semi annual payment and it is my earnest wish that the said funds
shall be used for his advancement in preaching the cause of Christ
and building up his holy church.
    Should he pass away within five years, the semi-annual payment
will cease and I give and bequeath to his wife, Amelia Stealy the
sum of Five Hundred Dollars, To be hers and her heirs forever.

Third, I give and bequeath to my sister Mrs. Adaline S.P. Choate
the sum of Fifty Dollars per annum to be paid annually
during her natural life.

Fourth, I give and bequeath to my brother Myron Fargo of Dale,
N.Y. the sum of Fifty Dollars per annum to be paid annually
during his natural life.

Fifth, I give and bequeath to my nieces, Florence Fargo and Florina
Fargo of Warsaw, N.Y. each the sum of Five Hundred Dollars, to be
paid to their heirs forever.

Sixth, I give, devise and bequeath to my daughter Fannie Seaver
Smith, all the residue and remainder of my estate, be the same real
or personal or of whatever nature I may die possessed of to be hers and
here heirs forever.

Seventh, I hereby constitute and appoint my said daughter Mrs.
Fannie S. Smith Executrix of this my Last Will and Testament -
without bonds, hereby revoking any former wills by me made.

In Witness Whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 13'th
day of December A.D. 1894.
                                                                Harriet P. Seaver  (L.S.)
Signed sealed & declared in presence of us by the said Testator, to be her Last
Will and Testament, who in the presence and at her request, and in the presence
of each other, have subscribed our names as witnesses.
                                      Benjamin F. Leach  }
                                      Aaron R. Smith       }  Witnesses
                                      J. Tumlinson           }

The source citation for this will is:

New York Surrogates Court, Probate files, Wyoming County > "Wills, Vol. 0005-0006, 1864-1918," Volume 6, pages 271-272 (images 547-548 of 605), Harriet P. Seaver will, written 13 December 1894, proved 24 June 1910; "New York, U.S., Wills and Probates, 1659-1999," digital images,   ( : accessed 8 October 2023); Original data is from New York County, District and Probate Courts filmed by FamilySearch.

Harriet P. Fargo (1832-1905) was born 7 July 1832 in Warsaw, Wyoming County, New York.  She died 17 July 1905 in Shelton, Fairfield County, Connecticut.  She married Charles Little Seaver (1828-1893) before 1853, probably in Wyoming County, New York.  They had three children:

*  Fannie Harriet Seaver (1853-1915), married 1878 Aaron Rowland Smith (1852-1928).
*  Charles L. Seaver (1862-1866).
*  Robert Seaver (1866-1866).

Only one child survived Harriet's death in 1905.  She names a sister, a brother, two nieces and Rev. John Stealy as her heirs. The will was probably written in 1894 because Harriet's husband had just passed away and left her a bequest.  

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.

The will was written in Huntington, Fairfield County, Connecticut, and was filed in the Huntington District Probate Court on 10 August 1905.  The available information does not provide an inventory o an account.  The estate file was closed on 30 August 1909 in Huntington District, and filed in the Wyoming County Surrogate's Court on 24 June 1910.  It was probably filed in Wyoming County, New York because some of the property was located there, as were the two nieces and a brother.

I am a third cousin five times removed to Charles Little Seaver (1828-1893), with the common Seaver ancestor being 7th great-grandfather Joseph Seaver (1672-1754).


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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