Thursday, August 17, 2017

Seavers in the News - Elizabeth Seaver's 1851 Marriage

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

This week's entry is from The Brooklyn [N.Y.] Daily Eagle newspaper dated 22 January 1851:

The transcription of this record is:

At Washington, D.C., Hon. GEORGE G. KING, member of the House of Representatives from Rhode Island, to Miss ELIZABETH SEAVER."

The source citation for this record is:

"Married," marriage announcement, The Brooklyn [N.Y.] Daily Eagle, 22 January 1851, page 2, column 5, George G. King and Elizabeth Seaver marriage; digital image, ( : accessed 9 August 2017).

Reader Barbara sent this marriage notice to me and it sent me scurrying to figure out who Miss Elizabeth Seaver was.  I did not have a candidate for a person by that name who resided in Washington, D.C. at that time in my RootsMagic file.  So I went searching, and found an 1850 U.S. census record for Johnathan Seaver (age 55 born in MA) with a Johnathan Seaver (age 22 born in DC) and an Elizabeth Seaver (aged 22 born in DC), in Washington, D.C.  I easily found Jonathan Seaver (1793-1864) who married Mary G. Plummer on 5 June 1823 in Washington, D.C.  

Then I found a record that named the three children of Jonathan and Mary (Plummer) Seaver on in the "U.S. Quaker Meeting Records, 1681-1935" for Alexandria, Virginia:

This record identifies three children of Jonathan Seaver dated 1845, which includes Elizabeth Seaver, "died 10th mo. 22 d 1853," who joined the church with Jonathan in 1845.   

Is that the right Elizabeth Seaver?  My next challenge was to try to find a death record for Elizabeth (Seaver) King - and there is one on Find A Grave with a death date of 22 October 1853, buried in Island Cemetery in Newport, Rhode Island:

There is a Find A Grave memorial for George Gordon King also, he died 17 July 1870, and is buried in Island Cemetery in Newport, Rhode Island also.  There is also a Find A Grave memorial for the baby daughter of George and Elizabeth (Seaver) King - named Elizabeth Seaver King (1852-1853).  

There is also another Find A Grave memorial for Elizabeth C. King, who died 26 October 1853, in Congressional Cemetery in Washington, D.C. 

My judgment is that all of these records refer to Elizabeth C. (Seaver) King (1826-1853) who married George Gordon King, a member of Congress from Rhode Island, before 22 January 1851 in Washington, D.C.   

Unfortunately, all of the known children of Jonathan Seaver died before 1853, leaving no living issue.

None of these children of Jonathan Seaver were in the FamilySearch Family Tree before this exercise, and now they are.

My thanks to Barbara for sending the marriage notice to me.  She noted in her email that:

"The Brooklyn Public Library makes the Brooklyn Daily Eagle free to everyone at you don't need a subscription to read it."


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