Thursday, September 14, 2017

Seavers In The News - Warren T. Seaver Dies in Vermont in 1902

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 St. Albans [Vermont] Daily Messenger dated 8 November 1902:

The transcription of this article is:

"Warren T. Seaver

"Warren T. Seaver, of Stowe, died Friday of Bright's disease.  The funeral will be held tomorrow afternoon at 2 o'clock.  

"Mr. Seaver had been in failing health for several years and had been confined to the house about six weeks.  He was 71 years old, and had always resided in Stowe.  He was well known as a music teacher for many years and was an organist of ability.  He was a painter by trade.  His wife, Mary M. Straw, died about ten years ago, and since then Mr. Seaver had lived alone until within a year at his home in the lower village.  During the war Mr. Seaver served as musician in the Second Brigade Band."

The source citation for this obituary is:

"Recent Deaths," obituary, St. Albans [Vermont] Daily Messenger, 8 November 1902, page 3, Warren T. Seaver obituary; GenealogyBank ( : accessed 14 September 2017), Newspaper Archives.

So who was Warren T. Seaver, who died at age 71 in 1902 in Stowe, Vermont?  I didn't find that name in my RootsMagic database with over 5,000 Seaver persons.  The obituary had an excellent clue, the maiden name of his wife who died ten years earlier. 

I easily found Mary M. Straw in my database, married to Joseph Warren Seaver (1831-1902) of Stowe.  The Vermont vital records say that he was born as Joseph Warren Seaver on 14 August 1831 in Stowe to Alexander and Nancy (Sanborn) Seaver.  The Vermont vital records say that he died as Warren Joseph Seaver on 7 November 1902 in Stowe.  The Find A Grave memorial in Old Yard Cemetery in Stowe uses the name Warren Joseph Seaver.  The 1880 and 1900 U.S. census entries have the name as Warren J. Seaver, and occupation as "artist" (in 1880) and "carriage painter" (in 1900).  The obituary in the newspaper is the only one to use Warren T. Seaver.  

 The Civil War Pension File index and other Civil War databases uses Warren J. Seaver.  He served in Company E of the 13th Infantry Regiment of Vermont from 8 September 1862 to 13 July 1863.  Warren and Mary (Straw) Seaver had no children.

This is why I now record every name that a person uses, and add the source citation.  I didn't use to do that, but now I do for this very reason.  

Joseph Warren Seaver (1831-1902) is my 5th cousin 5 times removed.


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1 comment:

Nancy said...

I've had similar things occur in my research. I often wonder if obituaries of the time were hand-written when submitted to the newspaper and whoever set the type found the handwriting difficult to read, much like happens to us when we're indexing. Is that a T or a J? How interesting that he was a musician, an artist, and a carriage painter. It would be interesting to find one his painted carriages in a museum somewhere. (One could only hope!)