Thursday, April 19, 2018

Seavers in the News -- 1946 Wedding of Wallace Seaver and Madeline South

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 Boston [Mass.] Herald newspaper dated 19 May 1946:

The transcription of this article is:

"Miss Madeline South Bride of Mr. Seaver

The Rev. J. Caleb Justice assisted the bridegroom's brother, the Rev. Ralph F. Seaver, Jr., of Thompsonville, Ct., in performing the 4:30 o'clock ceremony at the Union Congregational Church of Weymouth and Braintree, last Saturday afternoon, when Miss Madeline G, South and Mr. Wallace G. Seaver were married.  The ceremony was followed by a reception in the church parlors.

"The bride, daughter of Mrs. Harold T. South of East Braintree and the late Mr. South, was given in marriage by her brother, Mr. Robert T. South.  She wore a gown of white silk and net with a train and sweetheart neckline.  Her finger-tip veil edged with lace fell from a seed pearl coronet and her bouquet combined carnations and sweet peas.

"As maid of honor, Miss Grace Rideout of East Braintree was gowned in yellow lace.  Mrs. Robert T. South, sister-in-law of the bride, was matron of honor, wearing lavender lace.  Both had headdresses of flowers with short veils and arm bouquets of mixed spring flowers.  Two other bridal attendants were gowned in pink taffeta and net, while the other two wore similar gowns of blue.  Miss Jean Cochrane of Cambridge and Mrs. James D. Cummings, Jr., of Malden were bridesmaids.  The junior bridesmaids were Miss Marjorie Klay of Braintree and Miss Natalie Richard of Norton.  They all wore flowered headdresses and carried arm bouquets of yellow snapdragon and blue delphinium.

"The bridegroom had his brother, Mr. Leigh Seaver of East Wareham as best man, and two other brothers, Mr. Clifford Seaver of Norwood and Mr. Kenneth Seaver of Onset, ushered with Mr. Thomas Reidy of East Wareham and Mr. James D. Cummings, Jr., of Malden.

"After a short wedding trip, Mr. Seaver, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph F. Seaver of Onset, and his bride will make their home in East Wareham."

The source citation for this article is:

Miss Madeline South Bride of Mr. Seaver," Boston [Mass.] Herald, 19 May 1946, page 19, column 5, Madeline South and Wallace Seaver marriage; online image, GenealogyBank ( : accessed 19 April 2018), Newspaper Archives collection.

Five sons of Ralph Fremont Seaver (1884-1963) and Grace Blanche Aldrich (1884-1971) are mentioned in this wedding announcement - the bridegroom and four of his brothers, including the presiding minister, Rev. Ralph F. Seaver, Jr.  

I had all of these persons in my RootsMagic family tree database, but I did not have the marriage date and place.  I did not know that Ralph F. Seaver Jr. was a minister.

I have not been able to connect Wallace G. Seaver's 2nd great-grandfather, Joseph T. Seaver (1805-????) of Taunton, Mass. who married Betsey N. Davis in 1830 to a set of parents, although I have several candidates.  .  


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