Heman Ray of said Westminster to be our
Guardian with full power and authority for
to Demand in our names and to use to ask, Demand
Sue for recover, receive, and take into his
possession and Custody, all and Singular such
may be coming to us as heirs to the Estate
late Said father or which by any other
way or means Whatsoever doth of right
appertain to or belong to us and to manage
Employ and improve the same for us to the
Best advantage and profit During our minority
and to Do all and whatever may be necessary in and
about the premises as fully and Effectually to all
intents and purposes as we might or could do perform
being of full age; praying that he may be accordingly
accepted into the same power and trust; in testimony
Whereof we have hereunto Set our hands and
Seals this Thirtyeth day of September AD 1816.
Sealed and and Delivered Silas Seaver
in presence of Martha Seaver
Witness Benjamin Seaver
[Probate Estate File 52,907, image 12 of 15, Bond of Guardianship]:
Know all men by these
presents, That we Heman Ray yeoman
Alexander Duntin Esq’r and William Edgell
Gentleman all of Westminster
in the County of Worcester and Commonwealth of Massachusetts, are holden and stand
firmly bound and obliged unto Nathaniel Paine Esquire, Judge
of the Probate of Wills, &c. within the County of Worcester, in the sum of ten
thousand Dollars, to be paid unto the said Nathaniel Paine his suc-
cessors in said Office, or assigns. To the true payment whereof, we do bind ourselves,
and each of us, our, and each of our heirs, executors and administrators, jointly and sev-
erally, for the whole, and in the whole, firmly, by these Presents. Sealed with our Seals.
Dated the 26’th Day of September Anno Domini
One thousand eight hundred and Seventeen.
The Condition of this Obligation is such, that whereas the
above bounden Heman Ray in capacity of Guardian
of Martha, Silas, Isaac, Rozilla, & Mary Jane
Sever minors —
at the Supreme Judicial Court holden at Worcester,
within and for said county, on the fourth Tuesday
in September 1817 obtained license to make sale
of the real estate of said Minors, the proceeds to be put
out and secured on Interest for their Benefit accord-
ing to Law.
Now, therefore, if the said Heman Ray
shall, in all things relating to such sale, govern himself by the
Laws of said Commonwealth, so that the interest of said minors
shall be best secured; and, moreover, shall well and truly apply
the proceeds of such sale
(or so much thereof as shall be necessary) for the purpose afore-
for the overplus shall be responsible to said Minors or their legal repre-
sentatives and thereof, and of his whole proceedings on the Premises, shall ren-
der, upon oath, a just and true account to the Judge of Probate, for the time being, of
the same County, when and so often as he shall be thereunto lawfully required;
then the above written obligation to be void, otherwise to abide in full force and virtue.
Signed, Sealed and Delivered Heman Ray
in Presence of Theo’s Duntin
Theoph’s Wheeler William Edgell
I, Heman Ray do swear that in disposing of the Estate lately
belonging to Martha, Silas, Isaac, Rozilla & Marty Jane Sever
now deceased, I will use my best skill and judgment in fixing on the time and
place of sale, and that I will exert my utmost endeavours to dispose of the same
in such manner as will produce the greatest advantage to all persons interested therein,
and that without any sinister views whatever.
Worcester, ss. Sept 26, 1817
Sworn before Theoph’s Wheeler Jus Pacis.
Tested Sept 26, 1817
The source citations for this probate file is:
Worcester County, Massachusetts, Probate case files, Probate Packet #52 907, Martha Sever et al of Westminster guardianship, 1817; "Worcester County, MA: Probate File Papers, 1731-1881," digital images, New England Historic Genealogical Society, American Ancestors (https://ift.tt/3eRKLqp accessed 2 January 2016).
This probate packet is specifically for the guardianship of the five minor children, listed as "Martha Seaver et al" because the oldest minor is Martha Seaver. There are separate probate packets in Worcester Probate court for Benjamin Seaver (1757-1816) and Martha (Whitney) Seaver (1764-1832).
The blog post, Amanuensis Monday – the Probate of Benjamin Seaver’s (1757-1816) Estate (31 May 2010) summarizes the probate file of the deceased Benjamin Seaver (1757-1816) who died intestate on 20 June 1816. He and his wife, Martha (Whitney) Seaver (1764-1832) had ten children, but the youngest five were minors when Benjamin Seaver died in 1816. In the probate file, the five minor children were given equal shares of the home lot (in Gardner and Westminster) amounting to 104 acres of land.
In the Nomination paper, Martha Seaver and Silas Seaver, being minors over 14 years of age, nominated Heman Ray to be their guardian on 30 September 1816, and he posted a $10,000 bond and accepted the responsibility on 15 October 1816 to be the guardian of the five minor children. Massachusetts law at the time permitted minor children over age 14 to nominate a guardian to handle their legal affairs. In the Bond to Sell Real Estate, Heman Ray posted a $10,000 bond with two other sureties to sell the property of the five minor children. The deed of sale was posted in Amanuensis Monday — 1818 Deed of Heman Ray to Benjamin Sever (1791-1825) in Gardner, Massachusetts
(posted 10 May 2021).
Benjamin Seaver (1757-1816) and Martha Whitney (1764-1832) are my 4th great-grandparents, and Benjamin Seaver (1791-1825) and Abigail Gates (1797-1867) are my 3rd great-grandparents through their son Isaac Seaver (1823-1901).
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."
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