Thursday, February 15, 2018

Seavers in the News - Laura Jewett Seaver Gets Married in 1915

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 New York Sun newspaper dated 6 June 1915:

The transcription of this article is:

"Edric Brooks Smith of this city and Miss Laura Jewett Seaver will be married on Wednesday at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Gardner Seaver, in Flatbush.  Miss Seaver will be attended by her cousin, Miss Grace Milton Trippe, as maid of honor, and Mrs. Floyd Willard Fiske, her sister, as matron of honor.  Miss Evelyn Porter, niece of Mr. Smith, and the Misses Marion  Seaver Fiske and Marjorie Ray Seaver, nieces of Miss Seaver, will be the flower girls.

"Mr. Smith, who is assistant manager of the Rockefeller Institute,  will have Carlisle W. Burton for his best man, and the ushers will be Roger S. Hubbard of St. Louis and Henry Blanchard Seaver, brother of the bride."

The source citation for this record is:

"General Notes of Society," New York [N.Y.] Sun newspaper, Sunday, 6 June 1915, Third Section, page 3, column 5, Edric Smith and Laura Seaver wedding article; digital image, Chronicling America ( : accessed 15 February 2018).

The article provides lots of information about Laura Jewett Seaver's family - it names her father (Henry Gardner Seaver) and her sister (Mrs. Floyd Willard Fiske) and her brother (Henry Blanchard Seaver).  It doesn't name her mother, Cornelia R. (Latta) Seaver), or her sister's given name (Emma Latta Seaver).  It also names her cousin (Grace Milton Trippe), and her nieces (Marion Seaver Fiske and Marjorie Ray Seaver).  

Assuming the wedding occurred as planned, Laura Jewett Seaver married Edric Brooks Smith on Wednesday, 9 June 1915.  I didn't have that date in my database.  

Laura Jewett Seaver (1884-1944) was born in Brooklyn, New York and died in Yonkers, New York, and is buried in Nelson, New Hampshire.  Edric Brooks Smith (1887-1959) was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts and died in Nelson, New Hampshire, and is buried there.  They had four children, Edric Brooks Smith (1917-1998), Benjamin Seaver Smith (1921-2014), Cornelius Latta Smith (1924-2001) and Prudence French Smith (1929-????).

Henry Gardner Seaver (1846-1931), Laura's father, was an avid genealogist who contributed contributed considerable material to the typescript "The Seaver Genealogy" by Jesse Montgomery Seaver, which he obtained through research, correspondence and personal interviews.


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