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Martha Whitney

Birthdate: (67)
Birthplace: Westminster, Worcester County, MA (VR, 99)
Death: September 2, 1832 (67)
Westminster, Worcester County, MA (VR, 247)
Place of Burial: Woodside Cem., Westminster, Worcester, MA (marker)
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Lieutenant Samuel Whitney and Abigail Whitney
Wife of Benjamin Seaver
Mother of Benjamin Seaver; Achsah Whitney Seaver; Abigail Seaver; Job Seaver; Susannah Whitney Seaver and 5 others
Sister of Abner Whitney; Silas Whitney; Samuel Whitney, Jr.; Phinehas Whitney and Hananiah Whitney

Managed by: Randall Jeffrey Seaver
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About Martha Whitney

The Westminster, Massachusetts town record listing the children of Samuel and Abigail (Fletcher) Whitney includes:

September 18 1764 Martha Whitney Borne

The marriage record in the Westminster town records says:

August 19 This day Benjamin Sever both of 1783 and Martha Whitney Westminster

The children of Benjamin and Martha (Whitney) Seaver born in Westminster were listed in the Westminster town records:

Benjamin Seaver and Marthy his Wife Family Records December 30th 1784          Achsa Whitney Seaver Born December 2d 1786             Abigail Seaver Born May 1^t 1789                     Job Seaver Born November 15th 1791         Benjamin Seaver Born July 27th 1794                   Susanna ^Whitney Seaver Born Febr^y ye 10th 1797          Martha Seaver Born Nov^r 24^th 1799              Silas Whitney Seaver Born Dec^r 20^th 1802               Isaac Seaver Born March 16^th 1806              Rozilla Seaver Born & Died Sept 18 1825 April 14^th 1812                Mary Jane Seaver Born

In the 1820 United States Census, Martha Seaver was a head of household in Westminster town, Worcester County, Massachusetts. The household included:

  • one male aged 10 to 16,
  • one male aged 16 to 18,
  • one male aged 26 to 45,
  • one female under age 10,
  • one female aged 10 to 16,
  • one female aged 16 to 26
  • one female over age 45

The death record for Martha W. Seaver in the Westminster Vital Records book says:

SEAVER, Martha W.,w. Benjamin, Sept. 2, 1832, a. 68. G.S.I.

The gravestone for Benjamin, Martha and Rozilla Seaver is in Woodside Cemetery in Westminster, Massachusetts. The inscription is:

BENJAMIN SEAVER Died June 20, 1816 AE. 59


MARTHA W. his wife Sept 2, 1832 AE. 68

Martha Seaver died testate, and her probate papers are in Worcester County Probate Records, Probate Packet 52,908. The will of Martha Sever was filed 7 September 1832 and proved 16 October 1832. It reads:

"Be it remembered that I Martha Sever of Westminster in the County of Worcester & Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Widow, do on this twenty first day of July in the year of our Lord, One thousand eight hundred and thirty two, make and publish this my last Will and Testament, in manner and form following, viz:

"In the first place, I give to my Daughter Achsah Mosman, One Dollar.

"2ndly. I give to the Children of my Daughter Abigail Fairbank, deceased, One Dollar to be equally divided between them.

"3rdly. I give to the Children of my Son Benjamin Sever deceased the sum of One Dollar to be equally divided between them.

"4thly. I give to my Daughter Martha Leland One Dollar.

"5thly. I give to my Son Silas Sever One Dollar.

"6thly. I give to my son Isaac Sever One Dollar.

"The aforesaid legacies to be paid by my Executor within one year after my decease.

"7thly. I give to my Daughters Susannah & Mary J. Sever the use of the Westerly room in my House with the chamber over the same with a privilege to pass through the entry, also a privilege in the cellar, also to each of them one third of the Household Furniture that I may die seized and possessed of for their own use so long as they shall remain single, but they shall have no right to sale or let their right in the House to any other person, and if they shall out live my son Job Sever, then they shall have the whole of the Household Furniture, but if my son Job Sever shall out live them, or either of them, then he shall have their shares.

"8thly, I give to my son Job Sever all the rest, residue and remainder of all my estate both Real, Personal or seized.

"9thly, I do hereby appoint Edward Kendall Esqr of Westminster my sole Executor of this my Last Will and Testament.

"In Testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal, the day and year above written.

"Signed, sealed and published by the said Marthy Sever, declaring this to be her last Will and Testament, in presence of us, who at her request were called as Witnesses to the same, and in her presence did hereto subscribe our names."

"Merari Spaulding her Sewall Barnes Martha x Sever S.S. Nathan Howard mark"

The Widow's dower, which she had received at the death of Benjamin Seaver, was divided among the children. The real estate was appraised at $1,154. It was set off to:

  • Asah Mosman (who was to pay Isaac Seaver $5.11);
  • Mary Jane Seaver (who was to pay Isaac Seaver $3.34);
  • Susannah W. Seaver (who was to pay Isaac Seaver $3.34);
  • Job W. Seaver (who was to pay Martha Leland $124.88 and the heirs of Jabez Fairbank $124.88);
  • Isaac Seaver (who was to pay the Heirs of Benjamin Seaver $124.88)

The inventory of her estate was taken by Merari Spaulding, Simeon Sanderson and Asa Bigelow on 18 September 1832. The inventory showed Real estate appraised at $750 (the homestead containing 12 and one half acres with the buildings), and Personal estate appraised at $743.24.

The court order was approved on 4 January 1833. All payments were accepted by those noted.

The administrator's account, dated 15 October 1833, and accepted the same day, shows that the legacies were paid to the children, the debts were paid, and Job Sever received the balance of the estate. Job Sever deposed that he was satisfied with the account.

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Martha Whitney's Timeline

1764
September 18, 1764
Westminster, Worcester County, MA (VR, 99)
1784
December 30, 1784
Age 20
Westminster, Worcester County, MA, (VR, 83)
1786
December 2, 1786
Age 22
Westminster, Worcester County, MA, (VR, 83)
1789
May 1, 1789
Age 24
Westminster, Worcester County, MA, (VR, 83)
1791
November 15, 1791
Age 27
Westminster, Worcester County, MA
1794
July 27, 1794
Age 29
Westminster, Worcester County, MA, (VR, 83)
1797
February 10, 1797
Age 32
Westminster, Worcester County, MA, (VR, 83)
1799
November 24, 1799
Age 35
Westminster, Worcester County, MA, (VR, 83)
1802
December 20, 1802
Age 38
Westminster, Worcester County, MA, (VR, 83)