Thursday, April 12, 2018

Seavers in the News- Mrs. Marian Seaver Dies in Santa Cruz in 1918

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 Santa Cruz (Calif.) Evening News newspaper dated 24 October 1918:

The transcription of this article is:

"Mrs. Marian Seaver, Pioneer, Passes Away
"Mrs. Marian Seaver, for half a century a well known resident of Beach hill, passed away last evening at her home on Third street after a sudden, short illness, in which her heart was fatally affected.

"Although the light had long since passed from her eyes, Mrs. Seaver had never lost that light of the heart which led her to give generously and unostentationsly, particularly to the needy.  The faithful daughter, Miss Alice Seaver, with whom Mrs. Seaver lived, has given up years of service upon her afflicted mother and feels keenly the bereavement which leaves her alone in the house.

"Mrs. Seaver was born in England seventy-nine years ago, coming to this country as a young woman.  Her husband passed on about twenty years ago.  She is survived by two daughters, Miss Alice and Mrs. Clara Edwards of New Orleans, and two sons.  John Davis, a nephew residing in San Francisco and a close and faithful friend of the dead woman, is expected in Santa Cruz today.

"The funeral will be held from Wessendorf & Son's funeral parlors tomorrow afternoon, to be followed by open air services at the grave in Odd Fellows cemetery.  Rev. M.L. Laybourn will officiate."

The source citation for this article is:

"Mrs. Marian Seaver, Pioneer, Passes Away," Santa Cruz (Calif.) Evening News, 24 October 1918, page 5, column 5, Marian Seaver obituary; online images, California Digital Newspaper Collection ( : accessed 11 April 2018).

I had Marion M. (--?--) Seaver in my RootsMagic family tree database, but I did not have her death date.  She was married to William Harvey Seaver (1821-1895) (also known as W.H.), and they married about 1858, probably in California.  They had six children:

*  Clara Harriet Seaver (1859-????) who married William Sawyer Everett (1854-????) in 1889.
*  William Seaver (1861-????)
*  Edward Hammond Seaver (1866-1926), who married Ida M. Reed (1876-????) in 1898, 4 children.
*  Marion E. Seaver (1867-????)
*  Charles A. Seaver (1872-????)
*  Alice B. Seaver (1877-1961).

I had hoped that the obituary would provide a clue for Marion's maiden name, but the only clue is the nephew named John Davis.  So Marian may be a Davis.  There is an Ancestry Member Tree that says she was a Watling.  I'll check on that!

I don't know the parents of Marian's husband, William Harvey Seaver, born in about 1821 in Massachusetts, according to his three-line death notice in March 1895.


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