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Sylvanus ALDRICH: Probate Records 1823

What's Here

Below are abstracts of the documents in the probate packet, case No. 110 of 1823, concerning the estate of Sylvanus ALDRICH, of Southwick, Hampden, Massachusetts, from the LDS-microfilmed probate records of Hampden County, Massachusetts; there is also a transcription of his will.

Surnames Appearing in the Documents



This is the film's Family History Library catalog entry:

Title: Probate records, 1809-1881, Hampden County, Massachusetts Authors: Massachusetts. Probate Court (Hampden County) (Main Author) Notes: Microfilm of original records at Hampden County courthouse, registry of probate, Springfield, Massachusetts. Includes various affidavits, administrator's petitions, citations, and decrees, guardian's petitions and licenses to sell real estate, warrants, bonds, schedules of accounts and property, executor's accounts and bonds. . . For an index to this material, SEE Massachusetts. Probate Court (Hampden County) / Probate records index, 1812-1986. Probate records contained in probate packets that are alphabetically arranged and assigned sequential case numbers. Subjects: Massachusetts, Hampden - Probate records Format: Manuscript (On Film) Language: English Publication: Salt Lake City: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1987-1988, 1996 Physical: 233 microfilm reels; 35 mm. Probate Packet Case Numbers and Names Location Film 69-132 : Rosanna Admeston - Alfred Allen FHL US/CAN Film 1502847

History of this Document

28 February 2001, revision 1.
Initial publication.
06 March 2002, revision 2.
Debug HTML.
25 February 2007, revision 3.
Routine maintenance.

The Probate Packet

The documents in the packet are listed in chronological order.

Case No. 110
Sylvanus Aldrich
Hampden County Probate Court
Will Filed Oct. 14, 1823.
Rec. Vol. 6 p. 153.
Wife Elizabeth and two oldest sons, Mowry and Simon, inherit. Elizabeth and Simon are named executors.

Dated Mar.18, 1823; /s/ Sylvanus Aldrich

Witnesses: /s/ Amasa Holcomb; /s/ Jeremy Bartlett; /s/ Vesta Bartlet

Petition & Decree for Probate of Will Filed Oct. 14, 1823;
allowed Dec. 2, 1823.
Sylvanus died in Southwick "April last."
/s/ Simon Aldrich; /s/ Elizabeth Aldrich
Bond Approved Dec. 2, 1823.
Waiver of Provisions of Will Filed Jan. 5, 1824. The subscribers decline to accept the provisions of the will.
/s/ Simon Aldrich; /s/ Mowry Aldrich; /s/ Elizabeth Aldrich
Widow's Allowance Allowed Jan. 6, 1824. The personal estate "will be very inconsiderable, and her share in such residue wholly inadequate to her comfortable subsistence in a family state, and that her family now consists of herself and his [?] children under the age of fifteen years."
Affidavit of Notice Filed Jan. 6, 1824.
Inventory Filed Jan. 6, 1824.
First Account Filed Feb. 3, 1824.
Dower Allowed 1st Tues. Feb. 1824. Elizabeth Aldrich gets one-third of the estate after it's inventoried.
Pet. Dower

Dower Allowed 1st Tues. Feb. 1824. Appraisal includes house lot of 24+ acres, $405, and other land. One-third of the total of $465 is $155.
/s/ Levi Gillet; /s/ Eli Moore; /s/ Rhodolphus Gillet
Sale of Real Estate Allowed Mar. 2, 1824.
Rec. Vol A-2 p. 72

Representation of Insolvency Allowed Apr. 6, 1824. Rodolphus Gillett and Roger Moore appointed commissioners.
Warrant Issued Apr. 6, 1824;
returned Oct. 12, 1824.
Account of claims against the estate plus amounts actually allowed (sometimes less than claimed).
/s/ Rhodolphus Gillet; /s/ Roger Moore
Bond of Sale Approved Apr. 6, 1824.
Second Account Allowed Apr. 6, 1824.
Third Account Allowed Nov. 2, 1824.


The Will

This is my transcription of the filmed original will. The recorded will differs only very slightly from this; not surprising since it was copied longhand. It's punctuated and capitalized differently and has an extra "t" on Vesta Bartlet's name.

In the name of God amen

I Sylvanus Aldrich of Southwick in the County of Hampden Commonwealth of Massachusetts being sick and weak of body but of perfect mind and memory thanks be given to God calling to mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die do make and ordain this my last will and testament that is to say principally and first of all I give and recommend my soul into the hands of Almighty God that gave it and my body I recommend to the earth to be buried in a decent Christian burial nothing doubting but at the General resurrection I shall receive the same again by the Almighty power of God and touching such worldly estate wherewith it hath pleased the Almighty to bless me with in this life I give devise and dispose of in the following manner and form

I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Elisabeth all my personal property to be hers forever at her own disposal. Also the use and improvement of all my buildings and lands so long as she remains my widow and no longer.

I give and bequeath all my buildings and land subject to the aforesaid incumbrance to my two oldest sons Mowry and Simon to be divided equally between them on condition that they pay all my just debts and pay to each of my other Children one dollar a piece. And I do by these presents name ordain and constitute my wife Elisabeth and my son Simon my Executors to this my last will and testament in testimony hereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 18th day of March 1823.

Signed sealed published and declared by the said Sylvanus Aldrich as his last will and Testament in the presence of us who in his presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names.

/s/ Sylvanus Aldrich [seal]          

/s/ Amasa Holcomb
/s/ Jeremy Bartlett
/s/ Vesta Bartlet