Saturday, September 9, 2017

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- How Did Your Parents Meet?

Hey genea-folks, 
it's Saturday Night again, 

 time for more Genealogy Fun!

Your mission this week, should you decide to accept it, is to:

1) Do you know how, when and where your parents met?  

2)  Please tell the family story in your own blog post, in a comment to this blog post, or in your own Facebook or Google+ post.

NOTE:  You can substitute your own story about meeting your spouse, or the story about your grandparents, etc.

Here's mine:

My father, Frederick Walton Seaver (1911-1983) grew up in Leominster, Massachusetts, the 5th of 7 children, but the oldest surviving son.  By the accounts of his siblings, he was fairly rowdy and irresponsible as a teenager and young adult, dropping out of several high schools and Dartmouth College.  In December 1940, escaping the deep snows of Massachusetts and/or a failed love match (there are two family stories here!), he took off for California.  He drove about 3,000 miles in three days through Columbus, St. Louis, Flagstaff, San Bernardino and to San Diego.  He arrived on the doorstep of his Aunt Emily (Richmond) Taylor in San Diego - surprise!

He lived with the Taylor family - Aunt Emily, Uncle George, Cousin Dorothy, Dorothy's husband Marshall, and their daughter Marcia, a 14-year old teenager - for some time in 1941.

My mother, Betty Virginia Carringer (1919-2002) was a shy, studious and hard working young lady who had graduated from San Diego State College in 1940, and was teaching Art and English at Woodrow Wilson Junior High School in City Heights in San Diego. 

According to Dorothy, who loved to tell the story every time we took her out to lunch in the 1980s, at some point Fred said "I need a girl friend" while at the dinner table, and Marcia said "I know a really nice teacher."  Guess who?  Yes, Betty, who Marcia knew from the art classes she attended at Woodrow Wilson Junior High, less than a mile from her home.

Somehow, a meeting was arranged, an invitation to dinner ensued to Betty Carringer and a romance was begun (I don't know for how long).  

In July 1942, they were married, went on a short honeymoon to Dana Point, and lived in a bungalow house on Twin Oaks Avenue in Chula Vista.  They both worked in the aircraft industry at Rohr Aircraft in Chula Vista until late 1943 when little Randy was born.

They say that opposites attract...and in this case you probably couldn't find two people more different from each other.  But it worked for 41 years, a traditional home, three responsible sons, and four grandchildren.  


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Surname Saturday - WHITEHEAD (England to colonial New York)

It's Surname Saturday, and I'm "counting down" my Ancestral Name List each week.  

I am in the 8th great-grandmothers and I'm up to Ancestor #2009, who is Jemima WHITEHEAD (1655-1694) 
[Note: the earlier great-grandmothers and 8th great-grandfathers have been covered in earlier posts].

My ancestral line back through two generation of this WHITEHEAD family line is:

1. Randall J. Seaver (1943-????)

2. Frederick Walton Seaver (1911-1983)
3. Betty Virginia Carringer (1919-2002)

6.  Lyle Lawrence Carringer (1891-1976)
7.  Emily Kemp Auble (1899-1977)

14.  Charles Auble (1849-1916)
15.  Georgianna Kemp (1862-1952)

30.  James Abraham Kemp (1831-1902)
31.  Mary Jane Sovereen (1840-1874)

62.  Alexander Sovereen (1814-1907)
63.  Elizabeth Putman (1818-1895)

124.  Frederick Sovereen (1786-1875)
125.  Mary Jane Hutchinson (1792-1868)

250.  William Hutchinson (1745-1826)
251.  Catherine Lewis (1759-1845)

502.  Jonathan Lewis (1715-1785)
503.  Marie LaTourette (1734-1786)

1004.  Jonathan Lewis (1688-1764)
1005.  Abigail LNU (1688-1753)

2008.  Jonathan Lewis, born 1658 in Westerly, Washington, Rhode Island, United States; died 08 August 1708 in Huntington, Suffolk, New York, United States.  He was the son of 4016. John Lewis and 4017. Mary LNU.  He married about 1683
2009.  Jemima Whitehead, born 1655 in Jamaica, Queens, New York, United States; died 1694 in Huntington, Suffolk, New York, United States.

Children of Jonathan Lewis and Jemima Whitehead are:
*  Sybil Lewis (1685-1738), married 1701 Zebulon Whitman (1684-1759).
*  Jonathan Lewis (1688-1764), married (1) 1710 Abigail LNU (1688-1753); (2) 1753 Anne Edwards; (3) 1756 Abigail LNU.
*  John Lewis (1690-1754), married (1) 1715 FNU LNU; (2) 1751 Phoebe Platt (1701-????).
*  Daniel Lewis (1692-1748), married 1720 Mercy LNU (1699-1762).

4018.  Daniel Whitehead, born about 1603 in Kings Stanley, Gloucestershire, England; died 16 November 1668 in Queens, New York, United States.  He married before 1642 in New York, United States.
4019.  Sarah Armitage, born about 1620 in England; died about 1659 in Newtown, Queens, New York, United States.

Child of Daniel Whitehead and Sarah Armitage is:
*  Jemima Whitehead (1655-1694), married 1683 Jonathan Lewis (1658-1708).

The WikiTree profile for Jemima Woodhead ( provides limited information about her life and links to her parents.  The WikiTree profile, from the New Netherlands Settlers Project, for Daniel Whitehead has information about his life (see  This, and other family trees on WorldConnect indicate that her mother was Jane (Ireland) Ingersoll, not Sarah Armitage.  It all depends when Jemima was born - before 1660 or after 1660 when Daniel Whitehead married Jane (Ireland)  Ingersoll.  There were other children listed for Daniel Whitehead by his two spouses.


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