Monday, December 25, 2023

Amanuensis Monday -- 1896 Will of Phoebe S. Seaver (1814-1899) of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

 This week's document for transcription is the 1896 will of Phoebe S. Seaver (1814-1899), in the Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania Probate Court records.

*  Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania Probate Court Records, Wills No. 965, 1906, image 125 of 309:

*  Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania Probate Court Records, Wills No. 965, 1906, image 126 of 309:

The transcription of this document is:

I, Phoebe S. Seaver of the City of Philadelphia
in the State of Pennsylvania, widow, being of
sound disposing mind, memory and understanding
do hereby make, publish and declare this, my last
will and testament in manner and form
following, that is to say.

First, I direct my executor to pay all my just
debts and funeral expenses.

Second, I give, devise and bequeath all of the
rest, residue and remainder of my estate
real, personal and mixed whatsoever and
wheresoever to be equally divided between
my daughter Emma Seaver and my son
James R.S. Seaver or their executors, heirs
and assigns.

Third, I nominate and appoint my son
Joseph H. Seaver my executor of this
will and hereby revoking all other
wills by me at any time heretofore made
do declare this to me my last will and

In witness whereof I have set my
hand and seal this tenth day of
November 1896.
                                       P.S. Seaver

Signed, sealed and declared by the above
named testator as her last will and testament
in the presence of us who have hereunto and in her
presence and at her request and in the presence
of each other subscribed our names as witnesses.
                                               Louisa D. Elmes
                                               M. Ella Wise

The source citation for this will is:

Pennsylvania County District and Probate Files, Philadelphia County > "Wills No. 960-980, 1906," Will #965, images 125-126 of 309)Phoebe S. Seaver will, written 10 November 1896, filed 10 May 1906; "Pennsylvania, U.S., Wills and Probates, 1683-1993," indexed records with digital images,   ( : accessed 24 December 2023); Original data is from Pennsylvania County, District and Probate Courts filmed by FamilySearch.

Phoebe Shaw Elmes (1814-1899) was born 2 October 1814 in Augusta, Maine, the daughter of Thomas and Lydia (Cole) Elmes.  She married Joseph Whitney Seaver (1804-1883) in about 1832 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  Joseph was the son of Joseph and Abigail (Whitney) Seaver.  Joseph and Phoebe (Elmes) Seaver had nine children:

*  Joseph Henry Seaver (1835-1915), married 1867 Mary Elizabeth Gillespie (1839-1930).
*  Emma Seaver (1836-1919).
*  Thomas Elmes Seaver (1838-1858).
*  Maria E. Seaver (1840-1841).
*  William Archer Seaver (1842-1877).
*  Charles Seaver (1845-????).
*  Frank Seaver (1847-1864).
*  Mary Seaver (1850-1879).
*  James R.S. Seaver (1852-1920).

The will pages above are from a Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania Probate Court packet and are original will papers and therefore an Original Source. They are Primary Information and Direct Evidence of the names, relationships, dates and places noted therein.

There are Letters Testamentary in the probate packet, but no bond, inventory, account or distribution.  The will was filed with the Probate Court in 1906.  The eldest son, Joseph Henry Seaver was named the executor, but was not named as an heir.  Perhaps he received his inheritance from his father.

I am a 5th cousin 5 times removed to the Joseph Whitney Seaver, with the common Seaver ancestor being my 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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