Thursday, March 21, 2019

Seavers in the News -- App Purcell Seaver Dies in 1961 in Gate City, Virginia

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 Kingsport [Tenn.] Times-News newspaper dated 12 March 1961:

The transcription of the article is:

"App Purcell Seaver

"GATE CITY, Va. -- App Purcell Seaver, 92, died at 1 p.m. Saturday at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Rhea Rose, after a lingering illness.

"He was operator of Seaver's Harness Shop in Gate City before his retirement.  He was a member of the Gate City Methodist Church.  A son, Carter William Seaver, died in December, 1960.

"Survivors include two sons, Robert E. and Jamie L. Seaver, both of Gate City; five daughters, Mrs. Rhea Rose, Mrs. B.H. Quillen, Mrs. Grace Maness, Mrs. T.M. Elliott and Mrs. L.B. Ferbranche, all of Gate City;  20 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

"The body will be removed to the home of Mrs. Rhea Rose at 10 a.m. Sunday from Scott County Funeral Home."

The source citation for the article is:

"App Purcell Seaver" Kingsport [Tenn.] Times-News newspaper, obituary, Sunday, 12 March 1961, page 4, column 1, App Purcell Seaver obituary;   ( : accessed 21 March 2019).

No age, birth date or birth place was provided for App Purcell Seaver.  A death date of 11 March 1961 can be inferred from the obituary (Saturday, presumably the day before the obituary appeared in the newspaper).  The real prize here are the names of the eight children, but only two of the daughters has a first name listed (unless "Rhea" is a husband's name!).

I had App Purcell Seaver (1869-1961) in my RootsMagic family tree.  He was the youngest child of Jeremiah Seaver (1805-1869) and Elvina Counts (1829-1900) of Hawkins County, Tennessee.  App married Lillie Hutchens (1873-????) in about 1892 in Tennessee.  My database showed 8 children born to this couple:

*  Ethel R. Seaver (1894-????)
*  Carrie Ella Seaver (1897-1994), married Belt H. Quillen.
*  Grace V. Seaver (1897-????) (married Maness)
*  Garnet J. Seaver (1899-????)
*  Robert Eldridge Seaver (1901-1969), married Elizabeth Amelia Herron (1905-1988) before 1923.
*  William Carter Seaver (1905-1960), married Ova Marie Roberts (1924-2012) before 1959.
*  Jamie L. Seaver (1909-1981)
*  Mildred Elizabeth Seaver (1912-2000), married Lawrence B. Ferbrache (1908-2003) in 1933.

I did not have spouse names for Ethel, Grace, Garnet, or Jamie.   On Find A Grave, I found most of these children buried in Holston View Cemetery in Weber City, Virginia.  Ethel R. is Ethel Rhea Seaver Rose, wife of Frank R. Rose; Grace's husband is Richard S. Maness; Garnet's spouse is Paris  M. Elliott. 

I am not related to this group of Seaver persons.  The earliest Seaver in this group is Casper Seaver (1720-1752) who was born in Germany.


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