Thursday, May 31, 2018

Seavers in the News - Lewis S. Dixon Death in 1923 in Boston

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, mysterious, fun, macabre, or add information to my family tree database.

This week's entry is from the Boston [Mass.] Herald newspaper dated Tuesday, 7 August 1923:

The transcription of this obituary is:

"Dr. Lewis S. Dixon

"The funeral of Dr. Lewis s. Dixon, Boston, oculist, who died Sunday night at the Charlesgate Hotel, wioll be held at the Forest Hills Chapel at 3 o'clock tomorrow.  He was 78 years old, and since 1891 had been associated with his cousin, Dr. robert B. Dixon, at 232 Clarendon street.

"He was a native of New York, and was the son of Dr. Rufus E. Dixon who practiced dentistry in Boston for 50 years.  He was a graduate of Harvard, class of '68, and later studied at the Harvard Medical School, from which he was graduated in 1869.  He was a member of the Harvard Club.  He is survived by a son, Prof. Roland Burrage Dixon, who is attached to the anthropological department at Harvard.  His wife, who was Miss Ellen R. Burrage, daughter of William Burrage of boston, died 10 years ago."

The source citation for this record is:

"Dr. Lewsi S. Dixon,Boston [Mass. Herald newspaper, 7 August 1923, page 12, column 1, Lewis S. Dixon obituary; digital image, GenealogyBank ( : accessed 24 May 2018), Newspaper Archives collection.

Why is this post about a Dixon and not a Seaver person?  Well, Lewis S[eaver] Dixon was born a Seaver, as explained in the post last week of Seavers in the News - Roland Burrage Dixon Death in 1934 in Boston.  

I wondered if there would be an obituary for Lewis S. Dixon, and I found it on GenealogyBank.  I wondered if it would mention that he was born a Seaver.  It didn't.  

The obituary names his step-father, Rufus E. Dixon, as his father.  Rufus Dixon (1816-1897) married Susan Waters (Dixon) (Seaver) Dixon (1825-1909) before 1855 probably in Massachusetts, as his second wife.  

Lewis Seaver Dixon (1845-1923) is still my 6th cousin 4x removed, since his birth parents were Lewis Wheaton and Susan Waters (Dixon) Seaver, who married in 1844.


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