Saturday, March 9, 2013

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - A Fearless Female Blog Prompt

Calling all Genea-Musings Fans: 
 It's Saturday Night again - 
time for some more Genealogy Fun!!

Here is your assignment if you choose to play along (cue the Mission Impossible music, please!): 

1)  Read Lisa Alzo's blog post Back for a Fourth Year: Fearless Females: 31 Blogging Prompts to Celebrate Women's History Month on her blogThe Accidental Genealogist.

2)  Choose one of her daily blog prompts from the list (this is March 9th, do that one if you don't want to choose another), and write about it.

3)  Tell us about it in a blog post of your own, in a comment to this blog post, in a Facebook post or a Google+ post.

Here's mine:

I'm going to choose the March 5th prompt - "How did they meet? You’ve documented marriages, now, go back a bit. Do you know the story of how your parents met? Your grandparents?"

From the story I heard from my mother, and from my father's first cousin, Dorothy (Taylor) Chamberlain, how my father met my mother goes like this:

*  My father, Frederick Walton Seaver, came to San Diego in December 1940 from New England, and was staying with his cousin's family (Marshall and Dorothy (Taylor) Chamberlain, and their daughter, Marcia.  They lived at 4601 Terrace Drive in the Kensington neighborhood of San Diego.

*  My mother, Betty Virginia Carringer, was an Art and English teacher at Woodrow Wilson Junior High School, about a half mile away from the Chamberlain's home.  

*  Marcia Chamberlain was a student at Woodrow Wilson Junior High, and was in the Art community there (but did not have Betty as her teacher, but knew her).  

*  After a period of time, around the dinner table one night, Fred said "I need a girl friend..." and Marcia piped up "I know a pretty Art teacher."  

*  Somehow the contact was made, Betty was invited to a dinner at the Chamberlain's to meet Fred, and Seaver family history in San Diego was made!  

*  Fred and Betty were married on 12 July 1942 at All Saints Episcopal Church in San Diego, and resided in Chula Vista until Fred enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1944.  They both worked at Rohr Corporation prior to son Randy's birth in October 1943.

In Dorothy's last years, Linda and I used to take her out for lunch occasionally, and invariably she would tell this story to us as if it was new to our ears.

The URL for this post is:

Copyright (c) 2013, Randall J. Seaver 


Jana Iverson Last said...

Randy, Here's the link to my Fearless Females post ~



Dandelion said...

I think that my middle name was a mistake. My mother told me that my father’s mother’s parents were Neil McCallum and Jane Isabella Anderson. This couple did exist and were about the right age. I could find quite a few records about them. They lived in Toronto and he was a dealer in oils, whether heating, lubricating, or both I’m not sure. Then I found my grandparents’ marriage record in Ontario. Her parents were Duncan McCallum and Flora McCallum. Then who were Neil and Jane? I finally realized that Neil was my grandmother’s oldest brother in a large family. Since my parents were living in northern Wisconsin Neil and Jane may have come down to visit and my mother met them then.
When I told my sister about this she said, “I hope my great grandchildren remember me better than we remember her. I said I was sure they would because she already had several great grandchildren. Just to be sure I put together a book of pictures of her when she was small doing things they would relate to. I titled it “When Great-grandma Was Little.”
Interestingly my first name (Alison) is a family name going back many generations in my husband’s family. I sometimes say that I married him because he could spell my name and didn’t try to put any extra letters in it.

Liz said...

Here's mine, Randy! That was fun; thank you!

minkyadoo said...

Randy, Im really enjoying my Saturday nights
Here is my link to my Fearless Females Post

Mel said...

I decided to write about today's prompt using the discovery of my Great Aunt's marriage record.

Susi's Quarter said...

My Response is here:801

Susi's Quarter said...

My Parents story of how they met.

Liv Taylor-Harris said...

Hi Randy, here's my link for tonight's SNGF -

Have a wonderful weekend!

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