My blog has been changed to make it more appealing for those who have New England ancestors and want to see the area through photos. Things I’ll include are typical white New England churches, libraries showing their genealogical collection, historical societies, cemeteries, war memorials, in general, anything to do with history.

For four years I’ve blogged mostly about my personal genealogy in New England (Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, and New Hampshire), New York, New Jersey, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, and the Eastern Townships of Quebec, Canada. I still will, can’t forget my own roots.

Please check out the labels on the right side for articles. The header tabs at the top are a work in progress.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Amanuensis Monday -- What a Will of Names

Amanuensis Monday was begun by John Newmark of the TransylvanianDutch blog. The term means, "a person employed to write what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another." Many bloggers enjoy doing this because it allows them to freely copy something that has been written.

Below is a copy of  a  one page will by Marietta Adams and provides a wealth of information. She was married to Charles W. Adams, but I know nothing of her family or even her maiden name. Because of the names on the will, I was researching the census records and before I knew it, I had not only her surname of Sprague, but most of her entire family. Below this Amanuensis, is a descendant chart with the new names. The names in red were named in her will.

"Stafford Jan. 24th 1899
I Marietta Adams of the town of Stafford being of sound mind and memory do make and declare this to be my last will and testament

-- After paying my just debts and funeral expenses--I give to my nephew Fred Blood the Farm known as the Eddy Adams Farm. And the Balance of my property I want to have divided between my Brothers Henry and Daniel and my sister Sarah Blood; And Earl and Ora Sprague  Alvin Sprague, Frank Sprague and Alice Bradfield said nephews and nieces to have the amount divided between them that would have been their fathers if they had been living. I mean by this to divide said balance into five equal parts. My Brothers and Sister three parts--nephews and nieces mentioned above two parts. I also request that the Cemetery lot be endowed."
"Surrogate's Court

Be it Remembered, That on the day of the date hereof the last Will and Testament of Marietta Adams late of the town of Stafford, in the County of Genesee, deceased, being the foregoing written instrument, was upon due proof admitted to probate in the Surrogate's Court of said County, according to law as a valid Will to pass Real and Personal Property, which said last Will and Testament and the proofs and examination taken thereon, are recorded in the Surrogate's Office of said County, in Volume 26 of Wills, on pages 13 - 16 inclusive.

In Testimony Whereof, The Surrogate of the said county has caused his seal of office to be hereunto affixed.

Witness, Hon. Safford E. North, Surrogate
of said County, the 11th day
of May A. D., 1899

F. A. Lewis, Clerk Surrogate's Court"

Descendants of Solomon Sprague

Generation No. 1

1.  SOLOMON SPRAGUE was born September 06, 1806, and died May 12, 1849 in Batavia, Genesee Co., New York.  He married MERCY HOYT, daughter of ASA HOYT and BETSEY HOYT.  She was born Abt. 1810 in Vermont.
Children of SOLOMON SPRAGUE and MERCY HOYT were:
2.                i.    JOEL SPRAGUE, b. Abt. 1827, New York; d. November 12, 1886.
3.               ii.    DANIEL SPRAGUE, b. May 20, 1829, New York; d. April 04, 1914.
4.              iii.    SARAH SPRAGUE, b. November 09, 1838, New York; d. July 01, 1917.
                 iv.    ELLEN SPRAGUE, b. March 07, 1841, Batavia, Genesee Co., New York; d. May 31, 1872, Batavia, Genesee Co., New York.
                  v.    CHARLES A. SPRAGUE, b. Abt. 1843, New York; d. March 25, 1887.
5.              vi.    MARIETTE (ETTIE) SPRAGUE, b. Abt. 1846, New York; d. Bet. January 24 - May 11, 1899, Batavia, Genesee Co., New York.
                vii.    HENRY SPRAGUE, b. September 03, 1848, New York; d. July 25, 1937; m. HELEN J. DE WOLFE.

Generation No. 2

2.  JOEL SPRAGUE (SOLOMON) was born Abt. 1827 in New York, and died November 12, 1886.  He married ABIGAIL ADELIA WARNER.  She was born Abt. 1828 in New York.
                   i.    ALVIN SPRAGUE, b. May 14, 1852, New York.
                  ii.    FRANK SPRAGUE, b. Abt. 1863, New York.
6.              iii.    ALICE SPRAGUE, b. October 25, 1867, New York; d. November 16, 1938.

3.  DANIEL SPRAGUE (SOLOMON) was born May 20, 1829 in New York, and died April 04, 1914.  He married MARY HUNTINGTON.  She was born 1828 in New York, and died Bef. 1900.
                   i.    HOMER SPRAGUE, b. Abt. 1854, New York.
7.               ii.    CHARLES A. SPRAGUE, b. April 1867, New York.

4.  SARAH SPRAGUE (SOLOMON) was born November 09, 1838 in New York, and died July 01, 1917.  She married LUMAN BLOOD April 1858, son of NASON BLOOD and RHODA EVEREST.  He was born March 26, 1833 in Bethany, Genesee Co., New York, and died March 05, 1908 in Alexander, Genesee Co., New York.
Children of SARAH SPRAGUE and LUMAN BLOOD were:
                   i.    ARTHUR BLOOD, b. April 1864, New York.
8.               ii.    FRED S. BLOOD, b. Abt. 1867, New York; d. 1941, Genesee Co., New York.
                 iii.    CORA BLOOD, b. Abt. 1868, New York; m. EMERY LINCOLN.

5.  MARIETTE (ETTIE) SPRAGUE (SOLOMON) was born Abt. 1846 in New York, and died Bet. January 24 - May 11, 1899 in Batavia, Genesee Co., New York.  She married CHARLES W. ADAMS, son of HORACE ADAMS and BETSEY YARINGTON.  He was born 1844 in New York, and died 1897 in Batavia, Genesee Co., New York.
                   i.    ARTHUR T. ADAMS, b. 1881, Genesee Co., New York; d. 1882, Batavia, Genesee Co., New York.

Generation No. 3

6.  ALICE SPRAGUE (JOEL, SOLOMON) was born October 25, 1867 in New York, and died November 16, 1938.  She married FRANK BRADFIELD.  He was born June 1866 in Michigan, and died Bet. 1900 - 1910.
                   i.    ROY S. BRADFIELD, b. September 1892, New York.
                  ii.    EDNA BRADFIELD, b. January 1895, New York.
                 iii.    AGNES M. BRADFIELD, b. August 1897, New York.

7.  CHARLES A. SPRAGUE (DANIEL, SOLOMON) was born April 1867 in New York.  He married ANNA? (__).  She was born January 1864 in New York.
                   i.    GLENN SPRAGUE, b. July 1890, New York.
                  ii.    ROY SPRAGUE, b. April 1892, New York.
                 iii.    LILY SPRAGUE, b. June 1893, New York.
                 iv.    CHESTER SPRAGUE, b. November 1895, New York.
                  v.    FLOYD SPRAGUE, b. July 1898, New York.

8.  FRED S. BLOOD (SARAH SPRAGUE, SOLOMON) was born Abt. 1867 in New York, and died 1941 in Genesee Co., New York.  He married VIOLA P.  She was born Abt. 1874 in New York, and died 1953 in Genesee Co., New York.
                   i.    ETHEL H. BLOOD, b. Abt. 1893, New York.