Thursday, April 5, 2018

Seavers in the News - Lillian (Seaver) Swanson Dies in 1965 in Oregon

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 Walla Walla [Wash.] Union-Bulletin newspaper dated 27 September 1965:

The transcription of this obituary is:


"MILTOMN-FREEWATER (Special) -- Mrs. Lillian May Swanson, 84, of route 1, died Sunday in a local convalescent hospital.

"Mrs. Swanson was born Nov. 25, 1880, in Algona, Iowa.  She came to the Grande Ronde area in 1889, with her family and moved to Milton-Freewater in 1900.  She married John Swanson north of Milton-Freewater, May 28, 1903, he died in 1944.  Her maiden name was Seaver.

"She is survived by a son, Howard Swanson and a daughter, Mrs. Mary Davis, both of Milton-Freewater; a sister, Mrs. Mary McBride of Tacoma.  She is survived by four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

"The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Munselle-Rhodes chapel with the Rev. Harry Martin officiating.  Interment will be in the Milton-Freewater Cemetery."

The source citation for this obituary is:

"Death Takes Mrs. Swanson at Age 84," obituary, Walla Walla [Wash.] Union-Bulletin, 27 September 1965, page 5, column 2, Mrs. Lillian May Swanson obituary; ( : accessed 4 April 2018), Newspapers and Periodicals Collection.

I had Lillian May (Seaver) Swanson (1880-1965) in my RootsMagic family tree database, along with her husband.  She was the daughter of Alonzo H. Seaver and Julietta Daniels.  Lillian died in Milton-Freewater, Oregon where the family resided for many years.

I did not know where she died or was buried, and didn't have the names of her children, or of the husband of her sister, Mary Isabell (Seaver) McBride, in my database.

I am not related to Lillian May (Seaver) Swanson, to my knowledge.  Her great-grandparents were Adam and Nancy (Hooker) Seaver of New York, Iowa and Kansas  I have not been able to connect Adam Seaver (1811-1889) to another Seaver family.


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