Thursday, July 27, 2017

Seavers in the News - Persis Jane Seaver's 1916 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, useful, fun, macabre, or add information to my family tree database.

This week's entry is from the The Cambridge [Mass.] Chronicle dated 27 May 1916 (found using Elephind):

The transcription of this record is:


"Mrs. Persis Jane Seaver, widow of Benjamin F. Seaver, died last week Friday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Harris W. Bettinson, 3 Highland park, in her 90th year.  Mrs. Seaver had been ill about a month with pneumonia.

"Mrs. Seaver was born in Lincolnville, Maine, and was the daughter of Philip and Harriet Carver.  A large part of her life was passed in this city where she had been an active and earnest member of the Broadway Baptist church, which she joined by letter in 1890.  Her husband died in 1879.  Besides her daughter, Mrs. Bettinson, she is survived by one son, B. Frank Seaver, a former resident here, and eight grandchildren.

"Funeral services were held Sunday, at 2 p.m., at her late home and were conducted by her pastor, Rev. Austen T. Kempton.  Mildred Bacon sang 'In the Shadows.'  Burial was in Cambridge cemetery."

The source citation for this obituary is:

"Mrs. Persis J. Seaver," obituary, The Cambridge [Mass.] Chronicle, 27 May 1916, page 12, column 4, Persis J. Seaver obituary; Cambridge Public Library ( : accessed 27 July 2017), Cambridge Chronicle. accessed using

Persis Jane (Carver) Seaver (1826-1916), wife of Benjamin Franklin Seaver (1825-1879) died on 19 May 1916 in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  They had six children between 1850 and 1866, but only two were living when Persis died.  Carrie Etta Seaver (1859-1939) married Harry W. Bettinson in 1880 in Cambridge.  Benjamin Franklin Seaver (1866-????) married Florence Scotton (1869-????) in 1890 in Cambridge.

This obituary provided confirmation of the names of Persis Jane (Carver) Seaver's parents, her birthplace, and her husband's name, and his birth year, plus the name of her son-in-law and son.

I used Elephind to find this obituary this week - they have been adding newspaper pages from many websites and it was easy to find this particular obituary using the search terms [seaver died].


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