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Benjamin Seaver

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Westminster, Worcester County, MA
Death: Died in Westminster, Worcester County, MA
Place of Burial: Whitmanville Cem, Westminster, Worcester, MA
Immediate Family:

Son of Benjamin Seaver and Martha Whitney
Husband of Abigail Gates
Father of Isaac Seaver; Abigail Seaver; Lucinda Seaver and Benjamin Seaver
Brother of Achsah Whitney Seaver; Abigail Seaver; Job Seaver; Susannah Whitney Seaver; Martha Seaver and 4 others

Managed by: Randall Jeffrey Seaver
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About Benjamin Seaver

The birth record in the Westminster, Mass. Town Records, under "Benjamin Seaver and Marthy his wife family records" says:

"November 15th 1791. Benjamin Seaver Jun^r born "

Benjamin Seaver lived his entire life in Westminster MA. He apparently was a farmer or yeoman.

He served during the War of 1812 in Captain Rice's company, Colonel Messenger's regiment of the Massachusetts Volunteer Militia.

The marriage record in the Westminster, Mass. Town Records says:

"Feb^y 15 1817; Mr. Benjamin Sever and Miss Abigail Gates both of Westminster March 2; published for marriage as the law directs."

Benjamin Seaver inherited a 1/10th portion of his father's estate in 1817. On 22 May 12817, he received 51 acres and 132 rods of the home farm, and agreed to pay each of the minor children (of his father) $28.

As Benjamin Sever, yeoman of Gardner, he bought, for $32, the one and a half acres his father had purchased from Josiah Kendal, dated 4 January 1818.

He bought, for $1,480, the land in Westminster which was the whole of the real estate apportioned to his minor siblings Martha, Silas, Isaac, Rozilla, and Mary Jane Seaver, who were represented by their guardian, Heman Ray, dated 4 January 1818. In both of these transactions, the land was auctioned to the highest bidder with 30 days notice given in Westminster, Princeton and Worcester, but the highest bidder refused to take a deed or security, and the grantor bargained with the grantee and agreed to the price.

In the 1820 US Census, the Benjamin Seaver family resided in Westminster township, Worcester County, Massachusetts. The household included one male aged 26-45, one female aged 0-10, and one female aged 16 to 26.

Benjamin Seaver, yeoman, with his wife Abigail signing, sold land in the northerly part of Westminster to his brother, Isaac Seaver for $780 on 19 April 1823. The land was bounded by land of Merari Spaulding, the heirs of Jabez Fairbanks, John Jackson, Asa Rand, Daniel Howe and Hannah Whitney

On 1 February 1825, he bought 15 acres and 22 rods of land in Westminster from Gilman Thurston, yeoman of Westminster, and Moses Thurston, yeoman of Cambridge VT, for $300. The land was part of a farm lately owned by Benjamin Bigelow, and bounded by land of Benjamin Seaver deceased, the county road to Ashburnham, Asa Rand, Jonas Whitney and Nathan Merriam

The Westminster, Mass. Town Records say:

"Benjamin Sever, parent of the above family, died May 25th 1825 aged 33 years and 5 Months"

The gravestone inscription for Bernjamin and Abigail Seaver in Whitmanville Cemetery in Westminster, Massachusetts says:

"Benjamin Seaver died

May 25 1825

AE. 33 Abigail  wife of Isaac Seaver formerly wife of Benj. Seaver died Jan. 4 1867 AE. 69."

Benjamin Seaver died intestate in 1825, and his probate papers are in Worcester County Probate Records, Probate Packet 52,866. Abigail Seaver petitioned the court to nominate John Jackson of Westminster as administrator of the estate on 8 June 1825, saying:

"The Petition of the Widow Abagail Seaver of Westminster in said County, humbley represents that her late Husband Benjamin Seaver of said Westminster is dead and that she is altogether unacquainted with doing business and besides she is left with four young children to take care of and that it will be impossible for her to administer upon said estate."

Bond of $10,000 was posted by Merari Spaulding and Daniel Howe, sureties. An inventory was taken by Edward Kendall, Zebina Spaulding and Daniel Howe on 5 July 1825, showing Real estate of $1000 (the Home Farm with the buildings thereon) and Personal estate of $996.10. A warrant was issued to Daniel Howe, Zebina Spaulding and Benjamin F. Wood to set out the widow's dower rights, and they were granted to Abigail Seaver on 4 October 1825.

On 23 March 1826, the estate was represented as insolvent, and a commission of Edward Kendall and Simeon Sanderson was formed. A petition to sell the real estate to pay the debts was formed. Upon the bond of John Jackson, an affidavit was filed for the sale. An advertisement for the sale of the personal estate was printed 17 May 1827. A list of bills and the account of Abigail Seaver of the articles she took at the appraisal and what were sold at private sale was presented. John Jackson presented his account of the estate, which was allowed 17 May 1827, with a balance of $29.13 to be paid "to the Widow of said deceased to enable her to uphold life."

Abigail Seaver was appointed guardian of her four minor children on 1 April 1826 with Isaac Seaver, Nathan Wetherbee and Henry Collidge, Jr posting $5000 bond as sureties (Worcester County (MA) Probate Records, 194:33, on FHL Microfilm 0,860,634). An inventory of the property belonging to the four children included 13 and a half acres of pasture and woodland and a cider mill and house, amounting to $30, filed 6 October 1827.

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Benjamin Seaver's Timeline

1791
November 15, 1791
Westminster, Worcester County, MA
1817
March 2, 1817
Age 25
Westminster, Worcester County, MA (VR, 183)
August 7, 1817
Age 25
Westminster, Worcester County, MA, (VR, 83)
1821
October 18, 1821
Age 29
Westminster, Worcester County, MA, (VR, 83)
1823
October 16, 1823
Age 31
Westminster, Worcester County, MA (VR, 83)
1825
February 21, 1825
Age 33
Westminster, Worcester County, MA, (VR, 83)
May 25, 1825
Age 33
Westminster, Worcester County, MA
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Whitmanville Cem, Westminster, Worcester, MA