Thursday, June 22, 2017

Seavers in the News -- Mrs. Charles Seaver 1929 Obituary

It's time for another edition of "Seavers in the News" - a semi-regular feature from the historical newspapers about persons with the surname Seaver that are interesting, fun, macabre, or add information to my family tree database.

This week's entry is from the Courier and Freeman newspaper from Potsdam, New York dated 18 September 1929:

The transcription of this obituary is:

"Mrs. Charles Seaver

"Mrs. Charles Seaver died Sept. 5th at the home of her son, Percy Hart at Allens Falls.  She was stricken last June while visiting a niece in Potsdam hospital.  She was brought to her sons, where she was tenderly cared for until her death.  The funeral was the following Sunday, Rev. Mr. Morrow of Canton officiating.  Interment was in Southville cemetery.

"Elizabeth Covey was born Sept. 22nd, 1858 in the town of Stockholm.  She was the daughter of the late Ransome and Ruth Covey.  She spent nearly her whole life in Parishville.  She was twice married, in early life to Ira Hart and to them two children were born, William, who died seven years ago and Percy with whom she spent her last days.  Mrs. Seaver was a typical home lover and being of a kinly, affectionate nature she made many friends, who were always welcome in her home.  Besides her husband and son she leaves two brothers, three grandchildren and three great grand children."

The source citation for this article is:

"Mrs. Charles Seaver," Courier and Freeman [Potsdam, N.Y.], 18 September 1929, page 12, Elizabeth (Covey) (Hart) Seaver obituary; NYS Historic Newspapers ( : accessed 22 June 2017).

This article was found in the absolutely wonderful NYS Historic Newspapers online database by searching for the terms [seaver died] within 5 words of each other.  I had 340 results with that search and have added a number of birth dates, death dates, spouse's maiden names, and more from working on about ten of the results in an hour.

I had to look at the U.S. Census records for Charles Seaver in St. Lawrence County, New York to identify Elizabeth's husband.  He was Charles J. Seaver (1849-????), son of Samuel and Philena (Powers) Seaver.  Charles and Elizabeth are in the 1900, 1910 and 1920 census records.  The 1900 census indicates that they were married in about 1882.

I wondered when Charles J. Seaver died, so I used the Hints on the Ancestry census records to find the Find A Grave memorial for him, which indicated he died 5 December 1941 in Winthrop, N.Y., and provided an obituary transcription from the same newspaper dated 10 December 1941; however, I cannot find it on this newspaper website!  Perhaps I'm using the wrong search terms, although I used several phrases from the obituary posted on Find A Grave.  Strange.

I learned a lot from this obituary, and other research, and "filled in some blanks" in my family tree database.  For example:

*  Elizabeth's maiden name and parents names
*  Her birth date and place
*  Her death date and place
*  Her first husband's name and names of her two children
*  Her husband's name and approximate marriage date (from census records)
*  Her burial place and husband's burial place (from Find A Grave)
*  Her husband's birth date and death date and place (from Find A Grave)

I highly recommend this NYS Historic Newspapers database - it's FREE to use, it's relatively easy to search, they highlight the search terms which makes it easy to zoom in on the article.


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Lois Willis said...

Charles Seaver's obituary is on page 10 of the Courier and Freeman, 10 December 1941

It's at the top of column 1 and titled:
Charles Seaver, Aged 84, Dies in Winthrop

I found it first by browsing the newspaper, but it also came up when I searched for Charles Seaver, From January 01 1941 and December 31 1941, Newspaper Courier Freeman

SueFitz said...

Thank you for pointing out this site - I have now been able to find a couple are older articles for my relatives and of course a couple of more recent ones of my uncle who was Ag Sec of New York