Thursday, October 12, 2017

Seavers in the News-- Eveline Seaver Celebrates Her 81st Birthday

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 Springfield [Mass.] Republican newspaper dated Thursday, 10 April 1924:

The transcription of this article is:


"Mrs. Eveline D. Seaver of 166 Hampshire street celebrated her 81st birthday yesterday at her home by keeping open house and was tendered a reception last night by her relatives at which five generations of the family were present.  She was born at South Londonderry, Vt., April 9, 1843, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mark Baker.  At 18, she was married at Sunderland, Vt., to John S. Seaver, son of Mr. and Joseph F. Seaver and the couple lived at Sunderland until the outbreak of the Civil War when they went to Chicopee, where Mr. Seaver was a foreman in a sword factory.  After the war, they returned to Vermont until 1899 when they came to Indian Orchard.  Mrs. Seaver has lived here for the past 25 years.  Her husband died 13 years ago shortly after the couple celebrated their golden wedding anniversary.  They had six children, three now living being E.J. Seaver of Oak street, Mrs. B.F. Norcross of Springfield, and Harry E. Seaver, who makes his home with his mother and is employed as a foreman at the Milton Bradley company."

The source citation for this record is:

"Observes 81st Birthday," article, Springfield [Mass.] Republican, \Thursday, 10 April 1924, page 4, column 3; GenealogyBank  ( : accessed 12 October 2017), Newspaper Archives collection.

I had Eveline D. (Baker) Seaver (1843-1926) in my RootsMagic database, married to John S. Seaver (1839-1911).  Based on U.S. census records, I had only four children born to them, so I'm missing two children that probably died in the 1870s or 1880s.  The children that lived to adulthood and had families include:

*  Edward James Seaver (1861-1933), who married (1) Mary Alma James (1859-1912) in 1886; they had five children between 1887 and 1897.  He married (2) Maude L. (Smith) Raymond (1884-1957) in 1914 and they had one child in 1924.

*  Harrietta Seaver (1864-????), married Horace E. Norcross (1860-1952) in about 1882.  

*  Mary A. Seaver (1866-1920), married Arthur J. Hooker (1867-1907) in 1886.  I don't have any children for this marriage.  

*  Harry Ernest Seaver (1881-1959), who married Pansy H. Swartz (1885-1945) after 1930.  I don't think they had any children.

Based on the known Seaver descendants of Eveline, I don't see how they could have had five generations of relatives at the party, unless a sibling of Eveline had a great-great-grandchild in attendance.

This obituary provided a birth date and birth place, father's name, residences and a marriage place for Eveline Baker, and biographical information for Eveline and John.  In addition, the married name of daughter Mary.  

I am a 4th cousin 4 times removed of Eveline's husband, John S. Seaver.  Eveline's 2nd great-grandchildren would be my 8th cousins.


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