Monday, November 20, 2023

Amanuensis Monday -- 1883 Will of John Seaver (1810-1883) in Genesee County, New York

 This week's document for transcription is the 1883 will of John Seaver (1810-1883), in the Genesee County, New York Surrogate Court records.

*  Genesee County, New York Surrogates Court Records, Wills Vol. 017, Page 545, image 321 of 720:

*  Genesee County, New York Surrogates Court Records, Wills Vol. 017, Pages 546-7, image 322 of 720:

The transcription of this document is:

Know all men by these presents that I John Seaver of
Byron Genesee County N.Y. aged about seventy three years being
possessed of sound disposing mind and memory do hereby make
publish and declare this to be my last Will and Testament hereby
revoking all former Wills by me made.

First I desire all my just indebtedness to be paid and can-

Second I direct my executors to pay to my daughter Clara
one Hundred dollars in addition to her distribution share of my es-

Third I hereby give devise and bequeath to my daughter Olivia
Crocker wife of Zeno T. Crocker and to my son Charles A. Seaver
and to my daughter Clara Seaver all the residue and remainder
of my property both real and personal to be divided equally between
them share and share alike stipulating that my house and lot in
which I now reside shall be conveyed to my son Charles A. by
proper Deeds of conveyance for the sum of Fifteen Hundred Dollars
to be applied on his distribution share of my estate.  I also stipu-
late that all of my household effects shall be equally divided be-
tween my before mentioned three children as they may agree
upon an amiable division.

Fourth I hereby nominate and appoint my son Charles
A. Seaver and my son-in-law Zeno T. Crocker to be Executors of this
my last Will nd Testament with power to sell and convey by ade-
quate title any of my Real and personal estate and to cancel and
discharge any of my  Mortgages when paid.  And if deemed advisable
to nominate for appointment another person to be appointed as as-
sociate Executor.

In Witness Whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal
this 31 day of March 1883.
                                                 John Seaver  {L.S.}

Signed published and declared by the said John Seaver to be
his Last Will and Testament in the presence of us who have signed
our names at his request as witnesses in his presence and in the
presence of each other.
                                                 S.C. Hall Residence Byron N.Y.
                                                 E.M. Crocker Residence Byron N.Y.

The source citation for this will is:

New York Surrogates Court, Probate files, Genesee County > "Wills, Vol. 0017-0018, 1881-1885," Vol. 0017, pages 485-487,  (images 321-322 of 720), John Seaver will, written 31 March 1883, proved 5 May 1883; "New York, U.S., Wills and Probates, 1659-1999," indexed records with 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 Genesee County, New York Surrogate's Court clerk's handwritten copy of the original will, transcribed to the court record book and therefore a Derivative Source.  It is Primary Information and Direct Evidence of the relationships, dates and places noted therein. 

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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