Monday, February 5, 2024

Amanuensis Monday -- 1881 Will of Horatio N. Seaver (1832-1884) of Rock County, Wisconsin

This week's document for transcription is the 1881 will of Horatio N. Seaver (1832-1884) in the Rock County, Wisconsin probate case files.

*  Rock County, Wisconsin Probate Court Records, Probate Case Files, Case 2689, 1884, image 1523 of 1587:

*  Rock County, Wisconsin Probate Court Records, Probate Case Files, Case 2689, 1884, image 1525  of 1587:

The transcription of this document is:

The last Will and Testament of Horatio N. Seaver

I, Horatio N. Seaver of the Town of Porter in the County
of Rock and State of Wisconsin, being of Sound Mind and
Memory, and mindful of the uncertainties of human life,
do make, publish and declare this my last Will and
Testament in Manner following:

First - It is my Will that all my just debts and funeral ex-
penses be paid by Executrix hereinafter named and appointed
as soon as may be after my decease.

Second - I give and bequeath unto my Father, John D. Seaver,
all my Wearing apparel to his own use and benefit forever.

Third - I give, bequeath and devise unto my said Father, John D.
Seaver, and my sister Evelyne Seaver, The North half of the
North East quarter of the South West quarter of Section No.
Seven (7) in Township No. Four (4) North, of Range No. Ten (10)
East, in the County of Rock and State of Wisconsin, and all
other Real estate of which I may die seized, To have and hold
the same during the life of my said Father, and at his decease,
then ^the whole^ to my said Sister Evelyne Seaver and her heirs and
assigns forever in fee simple.

Fourth - Whereas, my Brothers, and My other Sisters are comfortably
provided for, therefore I do not bequeath to them, or any of them,
any portion of My property or estate.

Fifth - All the rest residue and remainder of my Estate, money,
credits, and effects, of whatsoever kind or nature I give
and bequeath unto my said Sister Evelyne Seaver, to her
own use and benefit forever -- Subject however to the
payment of my just debts and funeral expenses and
the expenses of administering upon my estate.

Sixth - and lastly.  I hereby nominate constitute and appoint
my said Sister Evelyne Seaver, Sole Executrix of this my
last Will and Testament hereby revoking all former Wills
by me made.

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal
this sixth day of August A.D. 1881.
                                                  Horatio N. Seaver   {seal}

The foregoing instrument consisting of one sheet was on the 
day of the date thereof signed, sealed, published and declared
by the said Testator, to be his last will and testament in
the presence of each of us who have signed our names
hereunto at his request, as witnesses, in his presence, and 
in the presence of each other.
David L. Mills    of Evansville Rock Co. Wis.
D.C. Griswold    of Evansville Rock Co. Wis.

The source citation for this will is:

Wisconsin, County Court (Rock County), Probate Case Files No. 2662-2690, " Case 2689 images 1512- 1550 of 1587, Horatio N. Seaver will, written 6 August 1881,  proved 31 October 1884; "Wisconsin, U.S., Wills and Probates, 1800-1987," indexed records with digital images,   ( : accessed 4 February 2024; Original data is from Wisconsin County, District and Probate Courts filmed by FamilySearch.

This will is a Derivative Source (because it is a court clerk's handwritten record), Primary Information and Direct Evidence of the last will and testament, father's name, sister's name, of Horatio  N. Seaver.

Horatio N. Seaver (1832-1884) was born 25 September 1832 in Chautauqua County, New York, the son of John Devine and Harriet (Love) Seaver.  He died 18 October 1884 in Cooksville, Rock County, Wisconsin.  He did not marry or have children.  

At the time of Horatio's death, his father John Devine Seaver (1795-1886) was aged, and his sister Evelyne Seaver (1834-1910) was unmarried.  They were probably living together on the family farm.  Evelyne married John Mayo in 1888 after her brother and her father died.  Horatio had at least five siblings still living at the time he wrote his will, but they were all married and several were living in other counties.

I am a 3rd cousin 5 times removed to Horatio N. Seaver (1832-1884), 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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