Amanuensis Monday — 1853 Administratrix Petition for James M. Seaver’s Estate in Sterling, Massachusetts.

  This week’s document for transcription is the  for the estate of Eunice Seaver of Templeton, Massachusetts, in Worcester County estate file 52892, filed in 1853.  

Worcester County, Massachusetts Probate Court Records – Case File 52892 image 12 of 19:


Worcester County, Massachusetts Probate Court Records – Case File 52892 image 11 of 19:

The transcription of this petition is:


Worcester County, Massachusetts Probate Court Records – Case File 52892 image 12 of 19:

To the Honorable Court of Probate within and for the County of Worcester.

Respectfully represents, Lucy L. Seaver administratrix
of the   Estate   of   James M. Seaver    late of
Sterling    in said County, deceased, intestate, that there are
debts against said Estate, already ascertained, amounting to    Fifty Dollars

that the charges of administration will probably amount to    twenty Dollars

and the personal estate    Sixty two Dollars & thirteen cents
as apprised.

The Real Estate consists of 
the Homestead apprised at $450 – Subject to two mortgages
amounting to $369-21, and a part thereof cannot be
sold without injury to the residue.

Wherefore your petitioner prays that she may be licensed to sell
all    of the Real Estate of said deceased.
for the payment of debts and charges.
Sterling July   1853
                                                 Lucy L. Seaver

The undersigned   Cyrus Holbrook guardian ad litem to two minor
children of James M. Seaver aforesaid do ??????
takes notice of the above petition, and consents that License be granted accordingly.
                                                                                  Cyrus Holbrook

Worcester County, Massachusetts Probate Court Records – Case File 52892 image 11 of 19 – lower portion over top of image 12:

Worcester, ss.  Court of Probate                        Aug. 2  A.D. 1853

I appoint   Cyrus Holbrook    Guardian, ad litem,
to Lucy Ann Seaver and Ida Eliza Seaver,

the    minor   children of James M. Seaver late of Sterling
deceased, in the matter of a petition for license
to ell the real estate ?????? to the estate of said
deceased.                N.P. Hinton asst.  Judge of Probate

The source citation for this probate file is:

Worcester County, Massachusetts, Probate case files, Case file 52892 (19 images), James M. Seaver of Sterling, 1853 (19 images), “Worcester County (Massachusetts) Probate File Papers, 1731-1881,” digital images, New England Historical and Genealogical Society, American Ancestors  (https://www.americanancestors.org: accessed 20 November 2022).

James M. Seaver (1817-1853) was born about 1817 in Sterling, Massachusetts, the son of James and Olive (Moore) Seaver of Sterling.  He married Lucy L. Houghton (1825-1860) on 1 June 1846 in Dummarston, Vermont.  They had two children:

*  Lucy Ann Seaver (1848-????), married 1876 Henry Thomas Whitney (1849-1924).
*  Ida Eliza Seaver (1852-????), married 1884 Horace Myron Thurber (1834-1895)

Lucy L. (Houghton) Seaver was named administratrix of the estate of her husband James M. Seaver.  The personal estate was assessed at $62.15 in an inventory, and the real estate was assessed at $450, but two mortgages totaling $369.21 was owed.  Lucy petitioned to sell the property and it was granted by the probate court.  Cyrus Holbrook was named Guardian ad litem of the two minor children to protect their interest in the estate.
James M. Seaver (1817-1853) is my 3rd cousin five times removed.  Our common Seaver ancestor is my 7th great-grandfather Joseph Seaver (1672-1754).

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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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