Thursday, November 30, 2017

Seavers in the News - Mary (Parker) Seaver Dies After 1919 Auto Accident

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 Watertown [N.Y.] Daily Times newspaper dated Friday, 8 August 1919:

The transcription of this article is:


Mrs. Mary Parker Seaver, 61, Passes Away


Had Stroke Wednesday Believed to Have Been Result of Injuries on July 27.

Mrs Mary Parker Seaver. wife of William H. Seaver of 234 North Rutland street, who was injured Sunday evening. July 27, when an automobile in which she was riding turned turtle near Dexter, died at 7:15 this morning at the City hospital, aged 61 years It is believed that Mrs Seaver was more seriously injured than was at first supposed, and that her death at this time is attributable to some extent to Injuries received In the accident.

Mr and Mrs Seaver and their daughter. Mrs Frank Symonds and two granddaughters. Helen and Mildred Symonds, were in the automobile when it tipped over when about to pass another machine near Dexter.  Mrs. Seaver sustained the most serious injuries and she was brought to her home.  She appeared to be recovering and was able to be about the house.  She was taken suddenly ill while sitting on the edge of her bed Wednesday, and she fell to the floor, sustaining two fractures to one leg. She was removed to the City hospital Wednesday and her condition had since been critical.

The attack Wednesday is believed to be due to a stroke, precipitated by the recent automobile accident Mrs. Seaver was born In Belleville, Ont. Canada, and came to Brownville when a young girl. She was married to William H. Seaver 38 years ago and after her marriage came to this city to reside, and had since made her home here. Besides her husband, she leaves one daughter, Mrs. F. J. Symonds, and two granddaughters, Helen and Mildred Symonds, all of this city.

The funeral will be held at 2:30 Monday afternoon from the Seaver residence. 236 North Rutland street, Rev. Charles T. Raynor. curate of Trinity Episcopal church, officiating. Interment will be in North Watertown cemetery.

The source citation for this record is:

"VICTIM OF AUTO ACCIDENT DIES," death notices, Watertown [N.Y.] Daily Times, Friday, 8 August 1919, page 16, column 5, Mary Parker Seaver obituary;   GenealogyBank  ( : accessed 30 November 2017), Newspaper Archives collection.

Mary (Parker) Seaver (1857-1919) married William H. Seaver (1855-1938) in 1875 in Watertown, New York.  They had only one daughter, Bessie M. (Seaver) Symonds (1886-????), who married Franklin J. Symonds in about 1906.  I had this Seaver family in my RootsMagic database, but did not have the names of the two Symonds daughters.

William H. Seaver is my 5th cousin 4 times removed.  


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