Thursday, June 14, 2018

Seavers in the News -- Joseph H. Seaver Dies in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1915

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 Philadelphia [Penn.] Evening Daily Ledger newspaper dated Monday, 12 April 1915:

The transcription of this obituary is:

Second Oldest Member of Stock Exchange and Veteran of Union League

"Joseph H. Seaver, the second oldest member of the Philadelphia Stick Exchange in point of membership and one of the first members of the Union League, died yesterday at his home on Wynnewood avenue, Overbrook, after a severe attack of pneumonia.  He had been ill several weeks.

"Mr. Seaver was born in Philadelphia 80 years ago in the famous 'Portico Row' on Spruce street, which was built by his grandfather.  Educated in Philadelphia, Mr. Seaver became a member of the Philadelphia Stock Exchange in 1863.  He was at one time floor representative for R.M. Janney & Co., and when that firm dissolved several years ago he virtually retired from active business.

"Mr. Seaver is survived by a widow and three children, Mrs. W. Percy Simpson, of Overbrook; Mrs. George E. Dadman, of New York, and Howard E. Seaver, of Philadelphia.  Mr. Seaver was a devout member of the Presbyterian Church.  Funeral services will be held at the family residence in Overbrook at 3:15 tomorrow afternoon.  The interment will be in West Laurel Hill Cemetery."

The source citation for this obituary is:

"Joseph H. Seaver," Evening Daily Ledger [Philadelphia, Penn.] newspaper, 12 April 1915, page 14, column 5, Joseph H. Seaver obituary; digital image,   ( : accessed 14 June 2018).

Joseph Henry Seaver was born 22 July 1835 in Philadelphia, the son of Joseph Whitney Seaver (1804-1883) and Phoebe Shaw Elmes (1814-1899).  He married Mary Elizabeth Gillespie (1839-1930) before 1867 in Philadelphia.  They had at least four children:

*  Jessie Gillespie Seaver (1872-1940), married William Percy Simpson (1871-1938) before 1895, one child.
*  Archer Whiting Seaver (1875-1901), married Marion Catlett Skinner (1878-1950), one child. 
*  Howard Eves Seaver (1878-1963), married Susan Trotter Price (1876-1960), no children.
*  Mrs. George E. Dadman, who I did not have in my RootsMagic database.

I found a George E. Dadmun in the 1920 to 1940 census records, married to an Emma M. Boyles in 1902.  The 1914 death certificate for Emma M. B. Dadmun indicates her parents were James Boyles and Mary Gillespie.  This Mary Gillespie was probably the wife of Joseph Henry Seaver.  In the 1880 U.S. Census, there is an Emma Seaver, age 13, in the Joseph H. Seaver family listed as a daughter.  However, a search for James Boyles in census and other records indicate that there was a daughter Emma Boyles in 1870 and 1880, who married Benjamin Maloney before 1900.  Two different Emma's with a father with the same first and last names.  It's a puzzle to me at this time.  


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