Thursday, June 28, 2018

Seavers in the News - Genealogist Henry Gardner Seaver Dies in 1931

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 Brooklyn [N.Y.] Daily Eagle newspaper dated Sunday, 18 October 1931:

The transcription of this article is:

"H.G. Seaver Rites at Yonkers; Lived Here Many Years

"Descendant of Massachusetts Colonial Family Dies on 86th Birthday

"Funeral services will be held today for Henry Gardner Seaver, former well-known Brooklynite who died Friday in Yonkers, N.Y., on his 86th birthday.

"Mr. Seaver was a member of an old American family.  He was born in Brooklyn, the son of Benjamin Franklin Seaver, a pioneer drygoods manufacturer here.  His mother was Lucy Barrett Jewett and his grandfather was Benjamin Seaver, twice Mayor of Boston.  His ancestor, Robert Seaver, settled in Massachusetts in 1634.

"Mr. Seaver was an ardent advocate of the Single Tax movement and was an active worker in the Citizens Union in the early days of that organization.  He had wide knowledge of current affairs and had written many letters to The Eagle on topics of the day.

"For the pat 20 years he had devoted most of his time to genealogical research.  His wife, the late Cornelia Latta Seaver, died here in 1922.  He is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Floyd W. Fiske of Westfield, N.J. and Mrs. Edric B. Smith of Yonkers; a son, Henry B. Seaver of New Brunswick, N.J., and eight grandchildren.  He was a member of the Unitarian Church of Plainfield, N.J. and Westfield Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution.

"Services will be held at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Smith, 35 Windsor Terrace, Yonkers at 2:30 o'clock and interment will be in Greenwood Cemetery."

The source citation for this obituary is:

"H.G. Seaver Rites at Yonkers; Lived Here Many Years,The Brooklyn [N.Y.] Daily Eagle newspaper, Sunday, 18 October 1931, page 17, column 8, Henry Gardner Seaver obituary; digital image,   ( : accessed 28 June 2018).

Henry Gardner Seaver was born 16 October 1846 in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Benjamin Franklin and Lucy Barrett (Jewett) Seaver.  He married Cornelia Ridgeway Latta (1854-1922) on 7 October 1880 in Brooklyn, and they  had three children, Emma Latta (Seaver) Fiske (1881-????). Laura Jewett (Seaver) Smith (1884-1944) and Henry Blanchard Seaver (1888-1974).  

I had all of them in my RootsMagic family tree database, but I'm missing death dates for several of the descendants and their spouses.

Henry Gardner Seaver is my 7th cousin three times removed.  He was a major contributor to Jesse Montgomery Seaver's The Seaver Genealogy typescript available at the Family History Library and on


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