Thursday, August 16, 2018

Seavers in the News- Kate Hoffman Seaver Dies in 1934

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 The Burlington (Vt.) Free Press newspaper dated 14 July 1934:

The transcription of this article is:

"Mrs. Kate Hoffman Seaver died last Sunday at her home after an illness of intestinal flu, preceded by several weeks' illness.  She was born June 23, 1848 in Tralee County Carey, Ireland, daughter of Elias and Elizabeth (Sanders) Hoffman.  At the age of 14 she came alone to America in charge of the ship's mate on the boat and landed at Castle Garden, coming from New York to Fayston to the home of Mr. and Mrs. Neill, who had been neighbors of the Hoffmans in Ireland.  June 19, 1870, she was married in Fayston to Levi W. Seaver of Waitsfield and came to Waitsfield with her husband to make her home.  Mr. and Mrs. Seaver were the parents of three children, Frank J., who has lived and cared for his mother in their home, Abbie E., who died July 5, 1891 and Clayton P., who died March 6, 1883.  Mr. Seaver died February 23, 1929.  Beside bringing up her own children, Mrs. Seaver took into her home at the death of their mother her two grandchildren, Mark and Marguerite Seaver.

"She was a member of the Methodist Church and a constant attendant and worker as long as her health allowed.  Besides her son and grandchildren, Mrs. Seaver is survived by three sisters and one brother, Mrs. Anne Somerville, Mrs. Alice Neill of Waitsfield, and her sister, Elizabeth, who lives in California, and Thomas Hoffman of Waitsfield.  The funeral services were held at the Methodist Church Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock, the Rev. Percival Hewitt officiating.  The bearers were four nephews, Walter Corliss, Emeory Somerville, John Hoffman, William Neill, and two neighbors, Daniel Moriarty and Charles Kew.  Interment was in the family lot in the village cemetery."

The source citation for this article is:

"WAITSFIELD," The Burlington [Vt.] Free Press newspaper, dated 14 July 1934, page 11, column 2, Mrs. Kate Hoffman Seaver obituary; digital image,   ( :  accessed 16 August 2018).

This is a really complete obituary for Katherine (Hoffman) Seaver - it lists the names of her husband, children, grandchildren, siblings and pallbearers; her birth date and place, the cause of her death; the death dates of her husband and two children; and her migration information.  

I had the Levi W. and Kate (Hoffman) Seaver family in my RootsMagic family tree, and all of the information in the obituary is confirmed by vital records, except for the death of son Clayton Philip Seaver.  He was born on 6 March 1883, and died 5 January 1907 at age 23, less than two years after he married Lillian Sleeper.  

The two grandchildren mentioned were children of son Frank Joseph Seaver (1874-1964) by his first wife, Mary Ellen Eagan (1875-1910); they had two other children who died young.  After his first wife died, Frank Joseph Seaver married Marie Louise Lavoie (1894-1983) in 1915, and they had three children, all born in Quebec.

Levi W. Seaver was my 4th cousin, 4 times removed, and their children are my 5th cousins, 3 times removed.


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