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Nicholas Heavner's signature - Henry Lawrence probate 1758

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Nicholas Heavner's signature - Henry Lawrence probate 1758

Posted: 29 Aug 2011 1:04PM GMT
Classification: Will
Surnames: Heavner, Heavener, Heffner, Lawrence, Lorentz, Smith, Sivers, Seybert, Hinkle. Mallo, Vennemon, Vanemon
In another great find from his research in Staunton, Eric Hedrick located an unrecorded assignment of administration signed by Nicholas Heavner (in German). It is one of several documents in the probate of Henry Lawrence.

Chalkley abstracted this from his reading of the Augusta County court records (Chronicles of the Scotch-Irish, Vol. I, pg. 82):

16 November 1758 - "Dan'l. Smith qualifies admr. of Henry Lawrence, decd. (formerly granted to Jacob Sivers, now decd), it appearing to the Court that Windle Sivers, heir-at-law, refused to take burden of goods not administered."

Yet, there is nothing in the probate packets of either Henry Lawrence (Lorentz) or Jacob Sivers (Seybert)signed by Wendle Sivers/Seybert (brother of Jacob Seybert and step-son of Henry Lawrence). It is possible that this was simply discussed in court.

However, Eric did find the note of assignment to Daniel Smith of his right as administrator of both Henry Lawrence and "Capton Jacob Sivers" from Nicholas Heavner (Hevener, Heavener, Heavner, Heffner). It is signed in German and the signature is identical to his signature on the oaths of allegiance/abjuration as found in Strassburger and Hinke's Pennsylvania German Pioneers, Vol. II, pg. 241 (Ship Davy, October 25, 1738). The note was witnessed by Michael Mallo and Peter Vennemen (Vanemon).

In the note Nicholas signed, there is mention of his mother-in-law's assignment of her right to administer (the estate of Henry Lawrence as his widow) having been previously given to Jacob Sivers. (This assignment note is in the Jacob Seybert probate package - also on this, the second of Eric's CDs of historical records. Although the note from Hannah Lawrence was recorded in the Augusta Co. records, it was missed by Chalkley. This was a key piece of genealogical evidence overlooked by Chalkley - it proves the mother of Jacob Seybert and her current husband. It is also key to disproving the bedfast Hannah "Hinkle" who was said to have burned alive at the massacre at Seybert's fort - it was "Hannah" Lawrence). Nicholas Heavner was the son-in-law of Hannah Lawrence aka Anna Johanna Lorentz (formerly Seibert aka Seybert, Sivers) by virtue of his marriage to her daughter, Anna Elisabetha Seybert).

These two probates - Lawrence and Sivers, in addition to others like George Mouse, are key to identifying and documenting the victims of the Seybert's fort massacre.

In an interesting aside - the note is dated 8 Day of Aparil 1758 (Preston's Register gives the date of the massacre at Seybert's fort as 28 April 1758 - twenty days after the date of the assignment . . )

Again, thanks to Eric Hedrick for allowing me to share this highlight from the material from his new CD.
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