Thursday, December 7, 2017

Seavers in the News - John W. Seaver Dies in Cleveland in 1911

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 Cleveland [Ohio] Plain Dealer newspaper dated Sunday, 15 January 1911:

The transcription of this article is:


"John W. Seaver Stricken by Apoplexy in Euclid Hts. Residence

"Former Leader in Wellman-Seaver- Morgan Company

"As he was about to leave for his office yesterday morning, John W. Seaver, 56, was stricken by an attack of apoplexy and dropped dead in the hall of his home.  He had been in poor health for some time, but no serious results were expected.

"Mr. Seaver, a consulting and contracting engineer, formerly was vice president of the Wellman-Seaver-Morgan Engineering Co.  When he withdrew from that concern he became associated with James E.A. Moore, forming a partnership of consulting and contracting engineers.

"The firm has had offices in the Canton building.  Mr. Moore did not know of the sudden death of his associate until late in the day.

"Besides his widow Mr. Seaver is survived by four children.

"Funeral services will be held Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the home, Norfolk-rd, Euclid Heights.  Burial will be in Lakeview cemetery."

The source citation for this article is:

"STARTS FOR OFFICE BUT DIES IN HALL," obituary, Cleveland [Ohio] Plain Dealer, Sunday, 15 January 1911, page 2-A, column 1, John W. Seaver obituary;   GenealogyBank  ( : accessed 7 December 2017), Newspaper Archives collection.

This is John Wright Seaver (1855-1911), born in Madison, Wisconsin to Daniel McCleary Seaver and Charlotte Ann Bennett.  He married Mary Tassey Patterson (1866-1949) in Pennsylvania, and they had four children:

*  John Tassey Seaver (1892-1940), who married Margaret A. Aikens (1897-1991) in 1921, and Mary Josephine Offutt (1903-1980) in 1938.
*  Charlotte DeBeaumont Seaver (1895-????), who married Raymond Turner Kelsey (1892-1949) in 1920.
*  Hugh Davis Seaver (1896-1959), who married Elizabeth Lee Anderson (1906-????) in 1930.
*  William Patterson Seaver (1901-1912).

Another article was published in the Cleveland [Ohio] Plain Dealer newspaper concerning the estate of John Wright Seaver, in the 24 January 1911 edition.  It reads:

"Widow Gets Seaver Estate

"John Wright Seaver, consulting engineer, 2600 Norfolk-rd, Euclid Heights, who died Jan. 14, left his entire $17,000 estate to his widow, Mary T.P. Seaver according to the will probated yesterday.  No mention is made in the will of his four minor children, John T., Hugh D., William P. and Charlotte Seaver.  The will was drawn Dec. 20 last."

John Wright Seaver is my 7th cousin three times removed.  Apparently, he was a genealogist!


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