Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Seavers in the News -- a 21 Year Courtship Consummated

This week's edition of Seavers in the news is a happy one (I think).

The transcription of this article is:


"NEW YORK, October 26. -- There is about to be a wedding in St. Patrick's Church at Richmond, Staten Island, which will bring to a happy close a patient wooing.  John Seaver, the prospective bridgegroom, and Margaret M. Pfaff, the prospective bride, have had a courtship of twenty-one years because of the faithfulness of each to an invalid father.  Seaver is about 45 years old and Miss Pfaff is in the thirties.  Seaver's father died about five months ago, aged 86, and Miss Pfaff's father died a few weeks ago, aged 75."

The source citation is:

"To Marry After Courtship of Twenty-One Years," San Francisco [CA] Chronicle, online index and digital image, GenealogyBank (, Sunday, 27 October 1907, page 31, column 7, John Seaver and Margaret M. Pfaff announcement.

According to the 1920 and 1930 U.S. Census records, Margaret was born in about 1865, so she was in her 40s in 1907 rather than her 30s.  I don't believe that they had any children.  But they are in my RootsMagic database as part of my Seaver one-name study.

John Seaver (1865-1932) was the son of Thomas Seaver (1819-1907) and Bridget Gaffney (1825-????), both born in Ireland.  Margaret Pfaff was probably the daughter of Jacob Pfaff (1831-1907) and Catherine --?-- (1831-1903).

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1 comment:

Chad said...

It makes you wonder whether either (or both) of the fathers was opposed to the marriage.