Thursday, February 2, 2017

Seavers in the News - George Washington Seaver Dies in 1870

It's time for another edition of "Seavers in the News" - a series of articles about Seaver persons, accomplishments and deaths.

I found this one in the MyHeritage "Compilation of Published Sources" collection:

The transcription of this article is:

"GEORGE WASHINGTON SEAVER was born in Pomfret, Vt., June 1st, 1846, and was fitted for College at Kimball Union Academy, Meriden, N.H.  Entering College in Sept. 1865, he was a member of the class of '69 one year, and was then compelled by a disease of the eyes to take a leave of absence.  During the autumn and winter of 1866-67, he taught school at Cavendish, Vt., and at Chester, Mass., and returned to College in Sept. 1867.  After graduation he became an agent for a publishing house in New York City.  In its employ he sailed for Galveston, Texas, in the steamer Varuna which foundered at sea off the coast of Florida on the night of the 20th of October, 1870; and he was among the lost.  His age was 24."

The source citation for this record is:

Obituary Record of Graduates of Amherst College, Mass., 1868-1882, indexed database with digital image, MyHeritage ( : accessed 2 February 2017), Class of 1868, page 13, (image 53 of 302), George Washington Seaver entry, in "Compilation of Published Sources" collection.

I found George in my RootsMagic family tree, he was the son of Joseph and Abigail Evelyn (Parker) Seaver of Cavendish, Vermont.


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Colleen G. Brown Pasquale said...

I don't do enough with newspapers. This post shows how important they can be.

John said...

Another small world coincidence Randy. My paternal grandfather went to Phillips Academy - Andover and was set to graduate from Phillips Andover in 1914, but it seems he was asked to leave in the last semester of his Sr. year. [Andover claims to have no record of why even though he is pictured and listed among the seniors in the 1914 Andover yearbook "Potpouri" (a hardbound copy of which I own).] He then went to . . . Kimball Union and on to the University of Virginia for one year before going to Dartmouth College where he graduated.