Monday, June 24, 2024

Amanuensis Monday -- 1814 Will of George Wakeman (1740-1814) of Ashtabula County, Ohio

 This week's document for transcription is the 1814 Will of George Wakeman (1740-1814) in the Ashtabula County, Ohio probate records.

*  Ashtabula County, Ohio Probate Records, Vol, A, page 92 (image 55 of 507):

The will is at the top of the right-hand page of the image.

The transcription of this document is:

George Wakeman's  }   Whereas I George Wakeman of the Township of Wayne
     Will                       }    County of Ashtabula and State of Ohio, finding my
---------------------------    Health much imparied and feeling as though I might
soon to be called to pass through the dark valley of the Shadow of death, and
behold the secrets of that eternal world from which no Traveler is permitted
to return.  Wishing now while I am of a sane mind, and memory,  so to
order my worldly affairs as to render the remaining part of the Life of
my aged consort as comfortable as I can.  Do therefore make, ordain
and establish the following as my last will and Testament (to wit).
All the Property of any description, name or nature which I may be posses-
ed of at the time of my Decease I do give to Sarah Wakeman my Wife
subject to the payment of all my legal debts or demands whatsoever
on my estate, during her natural life.  And the household Furniture
to be at her own disposal.  If any property shall remain after her de-
cease, I do give to David Partridge twenty dollars.  If any shall yet
remain I do give it all to my lawfull Heirs, except the heirs of Rachel
Mapes, to whom I give one dollar each.  I appoint furthermore
Nathaniel Coleman as my Executor to this my last will and testa-
ment.  In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my Hand
and seal this thirty first day of July A.D. 1814.
In presence of        }                         George Wakeman {LS}
Edward Inman     }
Samuel Phillips    }
Ezra Leonard       }

On motion by the Executor It was ordered by the Court of
Common Pleas that Ezra Leonard Titus Hays and Elijah Moore
appraise the Estate and make return thereof to the Court.
                                                        Attest  T.R. Hawley Clerk C.P.
Recorded January 3'd AD 1815 by T. R. Hawley  Clerk C.P.

The source citation for this deed is:

Ashtabula County, Ohio Court of common Pleas, George Wakeman will, written 31 July 1814, proved 3 January 1815; imaged, "Ohio Probate Records, 1789-1996," FamilySearch  ( : accessed 23 June 2024), Ashtabula > Probate records 1811-1833 vol A-B > Vol. A, page 92 (image 55 of 507); county courthouses, Ohio.

This probate record is a Derivative Source (because it is a court clerk's handwritten record in a bound book, then microfilmed and digitized by FamilySearch), Primary Information and Direct Evidence of the will of George Wakeman in Wayne township in Ashtabula County, Ohio.

George Wakeman was born before 1 June 1740 in Fairfield, Fairfield County, Connecticut, the son of Samuel and Elizabeth (--?--) Wakeman.  He died after 31 July 1814 when his will was written, and before 3 January 1815 when his will was proved.  George married Sarah Hill (1742-1832) on 17 June 1762 in Fairfield, Fairfield County, Connecticut.  They had four children, all born in Fairfield:

*  Hannah Wakeman (1763-1814), married 1785 Thomas Partridge (1758-1828).
*  Levina Wakeman (1764-????). 
*  Hill Wakeman (1766-1845), married 1796 Dorcas Saunders (1779-1858).
*  Samuel Wakeman (1772-1852), married 1797 Ruth Wright (1783-1865).

In his will, George Wakeman bequeathed all of his property to his wife, Sarah, and at her death, the remainder was to be distributed to all of his heirs.  He made one additional bequest to David Partridge, who was the youngest son of Thomas and Hannah (Wakeman) Partridge.  I have not been able to identify Rachel Mapes to date, she may be a heretofore unknown daughter, or a child of one of the other children. 

George and Sarah (Hill) Wakeman are my 6th great-grandparents, through their daughter Hannah Wakeman (1763-1814) who married Thomas Partridge (1758-1828) in 1785.

NOTE:  This will was not in the Ohio Wlls and Probates collection on (no will from Ashtabula County before 1849 is in that collection), nor on the Full-Text Search on FamilySearch.  This will was found by using the FamilySearch Catalog and going page-by-page through the first 100 images of Volumes A-B of these Ashtabula probate court recorts.


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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