Monday, March 25, 2024

Amanuensis Monday -- 1918 Petition of Mrs. Frank Seaver to Appoint a Guardian For Minor Children

This week's document for transcription is the 1918 petition of Bessie Seaver to appoint a guardian for her minor children in the intestate estate of her husband, Frank Seaver (1876-1917)  in the Waupaca County, Wisconsin probate case files.

*  Waupaca County, Wisconsin Probate Court Records, Probate Case Files, Case No. 2176-A, 1918, image 1053 of 1756:

The transcription of this document is (typed words underlined, handwritten words italicized):

Waupace County Court - In Probate

  At a    special   term of the County Court,               
within and for said county of Waupaca, begun and                
held at the Court house, in the city of Waupaca,                
on the   3rd   Tuesday of   February   A.D.  19 18                
Present               John A. Murat,                                 
                                  Acting County Judge                       

In the matter of the   Estate   of
   Frank Seaver            deceased

THE PETITION of   Mrs. Frank Seaver for the appointment 
of an administrator of said estate                          
having   come on this day to be heard                           
And it appearing that    Franklyn seaver, aged eight; Shirley Seaver,   
aged four and Lyle Seaver aged eight months                       
are                         minors, and interested in said matter, and have no general
And        H.J. Seaverson              having consented to act as special guardian for
said minors.

IT IS ORDERED that     H. J. Seaverson      of the    Village    
of   Iola   , in said county, who is a   attorney-at-law    
having no interest in said matter, be and he is hereby appointed special guardian for said minors,
for the sole purpose of appearing for   them   and taking care of   their   interests in the
proceedings of said petition.

Dated   February 20th   A.D., 19 18.
                                             BY THE COURT
                  John A. Murat   Acting   County Judge.

I hereby consent to act s special guardian for the above named minors, and I certify that I
have no interests adverse to    them   .
                                                                       H. J. Severson

The source citation for this will is:

Waupaca County Probate Court, Wisconsin, Frank Seaver intestate file, Mrs. Frank Seaver petition for guardianship (image 1083 of 1756), written 20 February 1918; imaged, "Wisconsin, U.S., Wills and Probates, 1800-1987," indexed records with digital images, ( : accessed 24 March 2024); "Waupaca > Probate Files, 2148-2189," Case 2176-A, images 1078 to 1187 of 1756; Original data is from Wisconsin County, District and Probate Courts filmed by FamilySearch.

This petition is a Derivative Source (because it is a court clerk's typed and handwritten record), Primary Information and Direct Evidence of the petition of Mrs. Frank Seaver to appoint a guardian for her three minor children for the intestate estate of Frank Seaver, deceased, in the Waupaca County, Wisconsin probate court, and the heirs-at-law of Frank Seaver.

Frank Ellsworth Seaver (1876-1917) was born 3 September 1876 in Chicago, Illinois, the son of John Nelson and Harriet (McCord) Seaver.  He died 27 December 1917 in San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas.  Frank married Elizabeth Frances "Bessie" Cate (1876-1923) on 3 September 1908 in Symco, Waupace County, Wisconsin.  They had three children:

*  Franklyn Nathaniel Seaver (1910-1986, married before 1937 to Anna Mae Halgrim (1908-1994).
*  Robert Shirley Seaver (1913-2000), married before 1937 to Alice Harriet Shields (1914-2006)
*  Lyle Glenmore Seaver (1917-2003), married 1946 Anna Wray Crawford (1918-2008).

Charles Delo was appointed administrator of the intestate estate of Frank Seaver.  H.J. Severson was appointed guardian of the minor children.  The inventory of the estate was taken, showing real property of $5,375 (including 3/8 interest in a mill in Symco) and personal property of  $7,339.  Sale of the real property was greater than the appraisal.  The account of the administrator was approved on 15 July 1918, with a residue due to the heirs of of $12,960.  The widow was granted $5,118 and each child was granted $2,310.  

This estate file has 109 pages.  Many of the pages are receipts to or from debtors and creditors.  There is an extensive transcript of a court session discussing the sale of the 3/8 interest in the mill and the lumber, which Frank Seaver's brother, William Seaver, handled representing the other 5/8 interest in the mill.

I am a 5th cousin 2 times removed to Frank Ellsworth Seaver (1876-1917), with the common Seaver ancestor being my 7th great-grandfather Joseph Seaver (1672-1754).


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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