Thursday, February 22, 2018

Seavers in the News - Elizabeth Seaver Marries in Coronado CA in 1942

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 Coronado [Calif.] Eagle and Journal newspaper dated 23 July 1942:

The transcription of this article is:

"Seaver - Dowell Marriage Vows Read Here

"Christ Episcopal Church was the scene of the attractive wedding Sunday afternoon at five o'clock of Miss Elizabeth Seaver, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. G. Arthur Seaver of New Orleans, La., to LLt. Gelon Hann Doswell, U.S.M.C., son of Mrs. Menard Doswell and the late Dr. Doswell of New Orleans.

"A reception in the home of Capt. Hamilton Lawrence, U.S.M.C., and Mrs. Lawrence followed the ceremony.

"Mrs. Seaver and Mrs. Doswell who both came from New Orleans for the wedding are the houseguests this week of Capt. and Mrs. Lawrence and Col. and Mrs. Arch Howard."

The source citation for this record is:

"Seaver-Dowell Marriage Vows Read Here," Coronado [Calif.] Eagle and Journal newspaper, Thursday, 23 July 1942, page 4, column 2, Elizabeth Seaver and Gelon Doswell wedding article; digital image, California digital Newspaper Collection ( : accessed 22 February 2018).

I searched for "howard seaver" and got this article.  go figure!  

I did not have Elizabeth Seaver in my RootsMagic database, but I did have her parents names (but not herm other's maiden name), but without death dates or children's names.  There are birth and death dates and obituaries for Elizabeth and Gelon on Find A Grave, and birth and death dates for Elizabeth's parents and one brother on Find A Grave.  

Note the date.  Gelon Hann Doswell (1920-1992) is a 22 year old pilot in training for the U.S. Marine Corps station in Coronado (across the Bay from downtown San Diego), probably flying out of Rockwell Field (now North Island).  Gelon's obituary notes that he was one of the U.S. Marines "Black Sheep Squadron" pilots during World War II.  

By finding this article semi-randomly, I was able to add more information to my RootsMagic database.  Elizabeth (Seaver) Doswell (1922-1989) is my 9th cousin twice removed.


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