Thursday, November 1, 2018

Seavers in the News -- George H. Seaver Dies in 1962 in San Rafael, California

It's time for another edition of "Seavers in the News" - a weekly 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 Daily Independent Journal [San Rafael, Calif.] newspaper dated 16 May 1962:
The transcription of the article is:

"George H. Seaver Dies, Rites Held

"Private funeral services were held today for George Henry Seaver, 83, longtime Homestead resident, who died this morning at his home after a long illness.

"Seaver had worked 35 years for the United States Mint in San Francisco and retired in 1945 as chief bookkeeper.  He was born in Benicia.

"He served as gunners mate and yeoman aboard the troopship General Grant, which carried troops to the Philippines in 1898 during the Spanish-American War.  Seaver signed off the ship and spent two years as a photographer in Manila.

"Returning to San Francisco, he opened a shoe store which he six years and was reported to have done a good business after the 1906 fire since his store was not hit.

"Seaver resided in Homestead 41 years.  He was one of the organizers of the Homestead Valley Sanitary District, served on the board 16 years, and was chairman when the decision was make to install sewers.

"His wife died when his two sons were still children.  The two, William G. Seaver of San Rafael and Martin H. Seaver of Mill Valley, survive him, as does one granddaughter.

"Seaver was a member of the National Assn. of Retired Civil Service Employees.  His hobby was gardening.

"Since last July he was cared for at his home at 20 Evergreen Avenue by Mr. and Mrs. Budd S. Cummings who resided with him.

"Inurnment will be at Mount Tamalpais Cemetery, San Rafael.  The family requests tributes be contributions to favorite charities."

The source citation for the first article is:

"George H. Seaver Dies, Rites Held," Daily Independent Journal [San Rafael, Calif.]" newspaper, dated 16 May 1962, page 6, column 5, George H. Seaver obituary; digital image,   ( :  accessed 1 November 2018).

George Henry Seaver (1878-1962) was the son of George Henry Seaver (1848-1930) and Catherine W. Kuhland (1859-????).  He married Caroline Brill (1888-1947) in 1912 in Marin County, California.  They had two children - William George Seaver (1913-1970) and Martin Henry Seaver (1916-1997).

George Henry Seaver (1878-1962) is my 8th cousin twice removed.  I had all of these Seavers in my RootsMagic family tree database before I found this obituary.  

To me, the interesting information in this obituary is the life history of this man.  I did note that his wife died in 1947 when the youngest son was age 31, hardly a child.


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David said...

Think you've got a nice typo there: the son was aged -69 in 1847!

Randy Seaver said...

thanks, David. fixed it.

I'm happy to know that at least one reader looks at stuff critically.