Monday, February 12, 2024

Amanuensis Monday -- 1891 Will of George Seaver (1813-1893) of Milwaukee County, Wisconsin

 This week's document for transcription is the 1891 will of George Seaver (1813-1893) in the Milwaukee County, Wisconsin probate case files.

*  Milwaukee County, Wisconsin Probate Court Records, Probate Case Files, Case 10222, 1884, image 840 of 1171:

*  Milwaukee County, Wisconsin Probate Court Records, Probate Case Files, Case 10222, 1884, image 841 of 1171:

*  Milwaukee County, Wisconsin Probate Court Records, Probate Case Files, Case 10222, 1884, image 842 of 1171:

*  Milwaukee County, Wisconsin Probate Court Records, Probate Case Files, Case 10222, 1884, image 843 of 1171:

The transcription of this document is:

I George Seaver of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
being of sound mind and memory and
mindful of the uncertainties of human life,
do make, publish and declare the following
to be my last will and testament, hereby
revoking all former wills by me made.

First: - It is my will that all my just
debts, funeral expenses and all charges
be first paid out of my personal estate.

Second: - I give and bequeath to my Sister
Eveline Page, of Johnstown, Wisconsin, the
sum of Four Hundred Dollars, she dying before
I do, then the Four Hundred Dollars be-
queathed to her , shall be divided equally 
among the four children of my nephew
Henry C. Page.

Third: - I wish to be buried by the
side of my deceased wife, and I request
and empower my executor to have erected
over our graves a suitable monument and
a sum of money for that purpose may be
paid out of my estate before any of
the legacies are paid.

Fourth: - I give, grant, devise and
bequeath to the children of my deceased
brother (Samuel B. Seaver) the following
real estate, located and being in the
City of Milwaukee, County of Milwaukee
and State of Wisconsin, known as the
West half of Lot Ten (10) in Block Twenty-
Two (22) in Milwaukee Proper, in the 5'th
Ward of the City of Milwaukee, Count and
State aforesaid, giving to each an equal
and undivided interest in said lot.
The names of said children are as follows:-
Clarendon S. Seaver, Henry Q. Seaver,
Charles S. Seaver, W.W. Seaver and Mattie

Fifth: - I give and bequeath to James
C. Anderson, who is the child of my
deceased sister, Martha Anderson, the sum
of Five Hundred Dollars.

Sixth: - I give and bequeath to George
H. Anderson, who is the child of my deceased
sister Harriet Henderson, the sum of
Five Hundred Dollars.

Seventh: - I give and bequeath to
Frank J. Dodge, the son of Rachel Dodge
the sum of Five Hundred Dollars.

Eighth: - I give and bequeath the
sum of Two Hundred Dollars to
Eveline Page, of Lawrence, Massachusetts, the
daughter of George Page, my deceased

Ninth: - I give and bequeath the sum
of Five Hundred Dollars, to be divided
equally among the four children of 
my deceased nephew, Henry C. Page.

Tenth: - I give and bequeath to Rachael
Anderson and Mary Anderson of Providence
R.I. the sum of One Hundred Dollars each.

Eleventh: - I will and direct further
that all the rest and residue of my
estate be converted into money and
that it be divided equally among the
legacies hereinbefore named in this will.
I mean by this that each and every
person named as a legatee in this will
shall receive an equal share of the
residue after the special bequests are

Twelfth: - It is my will that any
money I pay to the legatees during my
lifetime shall be considered an advance-
ment and shall be deducted from the 
legacy hereinbefore named.  I mean by
this, that I may wish to distribute some
of my property before I die, and if I should
so distribute it, it is my will and wish
that it be applied on the legacies hereinbefore

Thirteenth: - I do hereby specially empower
the executor of this my last will and
testament to convert any securities I
have into money and pay the legacies
in cash.

Fourteenth: - I name and nominate
Fred Esau, of Milwaukee, Milwaukee County,
Wisconsin, as the executor of this my last
will and testament.

In Witness Whereof I have hereunto
set my hand and seal this 12'th day
of December A.D. 1891.
                                 George Seaver  {Seal}

The above instrument consisting of four
pages of legal cap, written on one side
only, was signed, sealed, published and
declared by the said George Seaver as 
and for his last will and testament
in the presence of us, who at his request,
in his presence and the the presence of
each other have hereunto subscribed our
names as attesting witnesses.
  J.E. Wildish   Milwaukee Wisconsin.
  H.F. Weber    Milwaukee  Wis.

The source citation for this will is:

Wisconsin, County Court (Milwaukee County), "Milwaukee > Packets No. 10244-10268, 1894," Probate Case Files No. 2662-2690, " Case 10262, images 839 to 931 of 1171, George Seaver will, written 12 December 1891,  proved 20 February 1894; "Wisconsin, U.S., Wills and Probates, 1800-1987," indexed records with digital images,   ( : accessed 11 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 George Seaver.

George B. Seaver (1813-1883) was born 4 March 1813 in Rutland County, Vermont, the son of Henry and Dorcas (Flood) Seaver.  He died 31 December 1883 in Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin.  He married Elvira M. Walker (1814-1890) on on 26 December 1843 in Greensboro, Orleans County, Vermont.  They had no children.  The Henry and Dorcas (Flood) Seaver had 13 children, but several died young or unmarried.

The inventory of the estate of George Seaver totaled $19,001.00, including $16,201 in personal estate (mostly cash and certificates of deposit in banks) and real estate of $2,800.00.  After the expenses and debts were paid, the legatees were paid their legacies, and the 11 named legatees of the residue were to be paid $1160.69.  The probate of the estate was closed on 9 July 1896.  Each legatee submitted affidavits affirming the distribution to them from their very generous uncle, George Seaver.  The probate packet contains 92 pages.

I am a 5th cousin 5 times removed to George B. Seaver (1813-1893), 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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