Thursday, April 25, 2019

Seavers in the News - Henry E. Seaver Killed by Trolley in Hartford, Conn. in 1922

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 Hartford [Conn.] Courant newspaper dated 4 January 1922:

The transcription of the article is:


Rocky Hill Man Victim of Collision With Trolley

Henry E. Seaver of Rocky Hill, who was seriously injured in a trolley accident Sunday afternoon, died yesterday afternoon at 4:30 o'clock at the Hartford Hospital, where he had been taken.

Mr. Seaver was treasurer of the Eastern Music Publishing Co. of No. 104 Asylum street, and a member and secretary of the band of the First Company, Governor's Foot Guard.  Before coming to Hartford he was a member of the Second Regiment Band of Springfield.

Mr. Seaver was prominent in fraternal circles.  He was councillor of Charter Oak Council, No. 8, Order of American Mechanics, for several terms.  He was a son of Mr. and Mrs. William Seaver of Springfield, Mass.

He leaves besides his wife, two daughters, the Misses Edith and Dorothy Seaver, his parents, two sisters, Mrs. Charles W. Bostick of No. 77 Buckingham street, this city, and Mrs. Harvey Merrill of Arlington, Mass., and four brothers, Frederick L., Benjamin S. William H. and Winfred C. Seaver, all of Springfield, Mass.

Mrs. Seaver was in California at the time of the death of her husband, as she was attending the funeral of her mother, Mrs. Etta M. Chaney, formerly of Hartford.  Mrs. Seaver left for home Monday morning at 7 o'clock and will arrive in Hartford Friday afternoon.  Funeral arrangements will not be completed until the arrival of Mrs. Seaver.  The Misses Seaver are with their aunt, Mrs. Charles W. Bostick, of this city.

The source citation for the article is:

"Henry E. Seaver Dies of Injuries," Hartford [Conn.] Courant newspaper, article, Wednesday, 4 January 1922, page 7, column 1, Henry E. Seaver obituary;   ( : accessed 25 April 2019).

This obituary is full of personal history information, including parents, children, siblings, cause of death, occupations, and civic activities.  However, it does not provide his age and it alludes to his wife's maiden name (Chaney) but not her first name.  

Henry Edward Seaver was born 21 May 1871 in Springfield, Mass., the son of William Titus and Ellen Jane (Davidson) Seaver.  He married Clara Etta Chaney (1872-1942) on 12 October 1895, perhaps in Hartford.  They had six children:

*  Edythe Isabel Seaver (1896-1984), married 1929 Neal Sunkes in California.
*  Ellen Seaver (1898-1898)
*  Etta Seaver (1898-1898)
*  Albert William Seaver (1903-1904)
*  Gertrude B. Seaver (1905-1905)
*  Dorothy Vivian Seaver (1908-????), married 1926 Ralph Russell Strudwick in California.

I may be related to Henry Edward Seaver.  His great-grandfather was John Seaver (1778-1841) of Monson, Massachusetts.  I don't know the parents of John Seaver.  The hypothesis is that he is the grandson of Robert Seaver of Westminster, Mass., but there are no records that tie him to a son of Robert Seaver.  This is a case where a Y-DNA test, and an autosomal DNA test, would be very useful.


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