Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Seavers in the News - A Maiden Name for Mary Ann Seaver

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, fun, macabre, or add information to my family tree database.

This week's entry is from the Spirit of the Times newspaper of Batavia, New York dated 20 April 1852:  

The transcription of this obituary is:


"We are pained to announce the sad intelligence that Mrs. Mary Ann Seaver, wife of Mr. Daniel M. Seaver, died of Consumption, at Madison, Wisconsin, on the 9th of April instant, at the age of 28 years.

"She was the daughter of Mr. Eli Woods of this Town, and daughter-in-law of the Senior Editor of this paper.  She possessed all those excellent qualities which endeared her to a large circle of relatives and friends, and to crown all, she departed perfectly happy in full faith of a glorious immortality."

The source citation for this article is:

"Obituary," Spirit of the Times [Batavia, N.Y.], 20 April 1852, page 2, column 4, Mary Ann Seaver obituary; online images, NYS Historic Newspapers ( : accessed 12 July 2017).

This short obituary provides a death date, death place, an age, a cause of death, a husband's name, and a father's name for Mary Ann Seaver.

I did not know the death date or maiden surname of Mary Ann (Woods) Seaver before finding this obituary.  Mary Ann Woods was the second wife of Daniel McCleary Seaver (1816-1862), who was the second son of William and Naomi (McCleary) Seaver of Batavia, New York.  William Seaver was a long time editor of the Spirit of the Times newspaper in Batavia, the postmaster in Batavia for 29 years, and a civic treasure.

Daniel McCleary Seaver is my 6th cousin 4 times removed.  He married, first, Esther Mary Bassett (1817-1841), and they had one child.  The marriage with Mary Ann Woods produced no children.  His thir marriage, with Charlotte Ann Bennett (1835-1915) resulted in four children.

I highly recommend this NYS Historic Newspapers database - it's FREE to use, it's relatively easy to search, they highlight the search terms which makes it easy to zoom in on the article. 


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