Wednesday, January 10, 2018

BSO: A Maiden Name, and More, for Jessie M. Seaver

In my decades-old quest to find Seaver folks, I added many persons to my RootsMagic family tree database from U.S. Census records.  One of them was Jessie M. (1903-????) who was married to Joseph Herbert Seaver (1909-1973) of Clackamas County, Oregon.  They were in the 1940 U.S. census, but I had not searched for more information for Jessie M. (--?--) Seaver.

Here she is in my Ancestry Member Tree:


No birth date, no death date, no marriage date, no middle name, no maiden name.

I clicked the "Search" button at the top of the screen above, and received over 77,000 matches.  My experience with this is that almost all of the results that pertain to a person will be at the top of the search results.   Here is the top of the search results (three screens):


There are two records with a birth date and death date on this first page of matches.  The "Oregon Death Index, 1898-2008: says Jessie Mar Seaver's birth date was 27 Oct 1902 and her death date was 24 Jan 1986 in Clackamas County, with a spouse's name of Joseph.  The "U.S. Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014) entry for Jessie Seaver lists the same birth date and Jan 1986 in Clackamas County, Oregon for the death date.  There is also a Find A Grave memorial with the same dates for Jessie M. Seaver.

I clicked on the "Oregon Death Index, 1898-2008" entry to see if there is more information on the record, and also checked out the "Suggested Records:"

On the "Suggested Records," there is a "U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index" record for her son, Herbert Joseph Seaver, that lists his mother's maiden name as Jessie M. Graham.

Another "Suggested Record" is an "Oregon, Church and Cemetery Records, 1840-1965" record for Jessie Marion Seaver:


The record summary indicates the same birth date, a birth place in Hiwasse, Tennessee, the baptism date in 1947, the church, and the parents names.

I clicked on the record thumbnail to see the record image, and saw the baptism records for three family members:


Evidently, Jessie's full name is Jessie Marion (Graham) Seaver (1902-1986), and her parents were William Houston Graham and Helen Dyke..

The baptism of her husband and daughter were also provided.

I entered all of this data about Jessie Marion (Graham) Seaver into my RootsMagic family tree after finding all of this, along with sources, and then TreeShared with my Ancestry Member Tree:


I still don't have a marriage date.  I looked at the 10 Hints for her, and did not find a marriage record for Jessie and Joseph.  However, one of the Hints was 10 other Ancestry Member Trees, one of which indicated that Jessie was married to Ellard Parker before 1925, and had two children with him before marrying Joseph Seaver.  The Parker and Seaver children are in the 1940 U.S. Census record.

Joseph Herbert Seaver is my 7th cousin three times removed.

It took longer for me to write this up than to find all of this information this morning.  That was FUN!

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1 comment:

Diane Gould Hall said...

Good work Randy. I find the same thing you did. Writing about my finds takes longer than the actual journey to find them. I think as we have become more experienced at searching, we just pop from here to there and one record to another pretty quickly.