Monday, November 13, 2023

Amanuensis Monday -- 1883 Will of David Seaver (1833-1892) in New York County, New York

 This week's document for transcription is the 1892 will of David Seaver (1833-1892), in the New York County, New York Surrogate Court records.

*  New York County, New York Surrogates Court Records, Wills Vol. 487, Pages 282-3, image 168 of  689:

The transcription of this document is:

          I David Seaver of the City 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.

          Imprimis I hereby nominate consti-
tute and appoint my friend Nelson G. Rog-
ers Executor of this my will and the tes-
tamentary guardian of my infant children
Francis Holden Seaver and William Seaver.
          Item I hereby execute the power of
disposition given me under the will of my
brother, William A. Seaver in favor of my
two children Francis Holden Seaver and William 
          Item I give devise and bequeath all
the estate both real and personal of which
I shall die seized or possessed or in any
manner entitled to or over which I shall
have any control, or right of disposition
unto my two children, Francis Holden
Seaver and William Seaver, to be equally
divided between them, and in case of
the death before me of either of my said
children leaving no issue him or her sur-
viving, then I give devise and bequeath all
my said estate unto the survivor - but if
either die before me leaving no issue, the 
share that have gone to such one
shall go to his or her issue.
          In Witness whereof I have hereunto
set my hand and seal this twelfth day of
February one thousand eight hundred and
eighty three.
                                       David Seaver {seal}

Subscribed sealed published and declared
by the above named Testator as and for his last
Will and Testament in the presence of us who
at his request, and in his presence and in
the presence of each other have hereunto sub-
scribed our names as witnesses the day and
year aforesaid.

A. L. Purvis residing at Windsor Terrace Flat-
bush Kings Co Ny
E.C. Henderson residing at N'o 368 Lexington
Ave Ny City.

The source citation for this will is:

New York Surrogates Court, Probate files, New York County > "Wills, Vol. 0487-0489, 1893," Vol. 0487, pages 279-283,  (images 166-168 of 689), David Seaver will, written 12 February 1883, proved 14 July 1893; "New York, U.S., Wills and Probates, 1659-1999," digital images,   ( : accessed 12 November 2023); Original data is from New York County, District and Probate Courts filmed by FamilySearch.

David Seaver (1833-1892) was born 27 April 1833 in Batavia, New York, the son of William and Naomi (McCleary) Seaver.  He died 18 October 1892 in New York City, New York.  He married Sarah M. Moss (1836-1879) on 11 January 1859 in Genesee County, New York.  They had four children:

*  David Walton Seaver (1860-????), married 1897 Asenath Romaine Wright (1862-1918).
*  Helen Moss Seaver (1861-1913), married 1881 Sidney Allen Sherwin (1842-1917).
*  Frances Holden Seaver (1870-1935), married 1889 Joseph F. Hall (1868-1907).
*  William Seaver (1873-1954).

The pages above are a New York County, New York Surrogate's Court clerk's typescript 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. 

David's wife, Sarah, died in 1879.  Since the first two children, David and Helen, were not minors in 1883 when David Seaver wrote his will, were not mentioned, it is likely that they had been provided for before this will was written.  The two minor children, Frances and William were ages 12 and 9 in 1883, and received the estate.  The will was proved on 14 July 1893 in the New York County Surrogate's Court after the two witnesses filed affidavits testifying that David signed the will and was of good mind and memory at the time.  

I am a sixth cousin four times removed to David Seaver (1833-1892), with the common Seaver ancestor being 9th great-grandfather Robert Seaver (1608-1683).


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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