Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Seavers in the News- 1908 Death of Mary Seaver of Watertown, N.Y.

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, useful, fun, macabre, or add information to my family tree database.

This week's entry is from the Watertown [N.Y.] Re-union newspaper dated 28 March 1908:

The transcription of this obituary is:

"Mrs. Mary Seaver

"Mrs. Mary Seaver, wife of Richard F. Seaver, died at 6:30 Wednesday evening at the family home, 323 Rutland street, age 69 years.  Mrs. Seaver had been a resident of Watertown for 55 years, was possessed of a wide circle of friends and acquaintances and was held in high esteem by all who knew her.  She was a member of Trinity Episcopal church.

" Besides her husband she is survived by five sons, William H., Richard F., Jr., Frank B. and Allan D. of this city, and Dr. G.H. Seaver, of Turin, and one daughter, Mrs. Robert E. Dyer, of this city."

The source citation for this article is:

"Mrs. Mary Seaver," obituary, Watertown [New York] Re-union, 28 March 1908, page 6, column 3, Mary Seaver obituary; NYS Historic Newspapers (http://www.nyshistoricnewspapers.org : accessed 18 July 2017).

Mary (O'Brien) Seaver (1837-1908) died 25 March 1908 (the Wednesday before Saturday, 28 March), at age 69 (I have a birth date of November 1837 from the 1900 U.S. census, so likely age 70).  She married Richard F. Seaver (1832-1918) before 1855, probably in Watertown, New York.  They had seven children - son Edward E. Seaver died in 1882 before Mary died.

The five children named in the obituary are:

*  William H. Seaver (1855-1938)
*  Richard F. Seaver (1857-1911)
*  George H. Seaver (1861-1945) (as Dr. G.H. Seaver)
*  Frank B. Seaver (1864-1957)
*  Helen M. Seaver (1870-????) (who married Robert E. Dyer.)
*  Daniel Allen Seaver (1876-1918) (as Allan D. Seaver)

Mary's husband, Richard F. Seaver, is my 4th cousin 5 times removed.

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. 

The New York newspapers of this era are very fertile ground for Seaver persons.  


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