Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Seavers in the Newspapers - Who is W.R. Seaver?

I had some free time today, so I went searching for Seaver folks in the historical newspaper collections on GenealogyBank.  An interesting article was for W.R. Seaver in the 10 December 1880 issue of the Muskegon (Mich.) Chronicle on page 3:

I snipped it using the Windows 7 Snipping Tool and saw (it was in two columns):

The transcription of this article is:

"Rev. W.R. Seaver
We are sorry to announce that Rev.
W.R. Seaver has at last definitely de-
cided to leave this city and that his
departure will occur at an early date.
He has received an urgent call to
Tabernacle church, St. Joseph
Missouri and has accepted. St.
Joseph is a city of about 30,000 in-
habitants and is a thriving place so
that Mr. Seaver has probably im-
proved his circumstances by the
change, but while he has gained and
St. Joseph has secured the services
of a first-class man, Muskegon has
suffered a loss that she cannot easily
repair.  Mr. Seaver's long residence
in this city as pastor of the Congre-
gational church and his personal
popularity have made him many
warm friends who will not soon for-
get him or cease to regret his depart-
ure from our city.

"As a pulpit orator and a prompt and
effective speaker on all occasions,
Mr. Seaver has few if any equals in
Michigan and it will be a long time
probably before his place in these re-
???????????????d Muskegon.  Our
people have been accustomed to call
upon him for help in all emergencies
where a sharp, pungent speech was
desired and he has always been ready
to respond and has rarely failed of
success.  If the people of St. Joseph
know how to appreciate genuine
ability they will not fail to love their
new pastor.  We certainly wish Mr.
Seaver abundant success in his new
fiwld of labor and trust that in his
larger opportunities for work he may
find full scope or the exercise of
his powers."

The source citation for this article is:

"Rev. W.R. Seaver," Muskegon [Michigan] Chronicle, 10 December 1880, page 3, column 3; GenealogyBank ( : accessed 20 July 2016), Newspaper Archives, 1690-2010.

I didn't know if I had W.R. Seaver in my database or not.  I searched for William Seaver on and had little success in the 1850 to 1880 U.S. census records specifying Michigan.  I widened the search, and found William R. Seaver (age 48, born Canada, a clergyman) and his family in Pitts County, Missouri.  A further search found the William R. Searer (age 58, born Canada, a clergyman) family in Muskegon County, Michigan with his family.

Then I looked again in my database and easily found William Rufus Seaver (1822-1898), son of Heman and Sarah Cazneau (Rice) Seaver there, with all of his family information, plus this note that
the Congregational Churches Yearbook (1899) has this information:

"Seaver, William Rufus, son of Heman and Sarah C. (Rice) Seaver, was born in Montreal, 1822, July 11. For years in business. Ordained, Smyrna, Mich., 1869, March 31; acting pastor, Sedalia, Mo., 1870-2; Muskegon, Mich., 1872-9; St. Joseph, Mo., 1880-1; Traverse City, Mich., 1882-6; Pontiac, 1886-90; Saugatuck and Douglas, 1891-4; without charge, and acting pastor of Presbyterian church, Ellsworth, Kan., after. Married, 1842, April 26, Mehltable, daughter of Linus and Betsey (Bond) Homer, of Brlmfleld, Mass. Of five children, two daughters and two sons living, one of the latter being Rev.Charles H. Seaver. Died of meningeal apoplexy, 1898. Sept. 22, aged 76 years, 2 months, and 11 days."

The source citation for this article is:

National Council of the Congregational Churches of the United States Executive Committee, The Congregational Churches Yearbook, 1899 (Congregational Publishing Society, 1899), page 38, William Rufus Seaver sketch; digital image, MyHeritage ( : accessed 20 July 2016.

It turns out that William Rufus Seaver is my first cousin five times removed, with the common ancestors being Norman and Sarah (Read) Seaver of Westminster, Massachusetts.  I added the newspaper article to my RootsMagic database as a Miscellaneous Fact with the source citation above.

That was fun, and neat to find a complimentary article about a relatively close relative.

Genealogy is just like a box of chocolates, isn't it?  You look in a database for a surname and you find a genealogy nougat!


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