Thursday, May 9, 2019

Seavers in the News -- Edward Seaver Dies in 1921 in Massachusetts

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 Boston [Mass.] Globe newspaper dated 28 January 1921:

The transcription of the article is:


"Edward Seaver died at his home, 22 Westminster av., Roxbury, yesterday after an illness of three weeks.  The funeral will be held from his residence on Sunday afternoon at 2:30.  Rev. Stanley G. Spear, pastor of the First Universalist Church, Roxbury, will conduct the services.

Mr. Seaver's death followed a severe heart attack three weeks ago from which he seemed to be recovering up to the day of his death.  He was born in Roxbury, son of the late William Seaver and Martha Page (Wentworth) Seaver and lived all his life in that section.  On his paternal side he traced his ancestry to Robert Seaver, who came to this country in 1632, settling in Roxbury and buying a large tract of land from the Indians.

"Edward Seaver was educated in the old Washington School and the Roxbury High School, entering the grocery business of his father at the corner of Tremont and Ruggles sts., after graduation.  For some time after the grocery was closed in 1894, Mr. Seaver retired from active business but later formed a real estate concern with Arthur H. Frost, under the firm name of Seaver & Frost, in the Tremont Building.  This interest Mr. Seaver continued to the time of his illness.

He served three terms as State Senator from his district in 1901, 1902 and 1903.  He was a Mason of high degree.  He was a member of the Roxbury Historical Society and for some years was its president.  He was a member of the First Universalist Church and had served on the standing committee of the church.

In  1873, Mr. Seaver married Miss Mary Kate Russell of Brookline who died about three years ago.  He is survived by two daughters, Miss Mary Kate Seaver and Miss Susan Russell Seaver, both of whom reside at their family home in Roxbury, and a son, Edward Seaver, Jr., of Cleveland.  Mr. Seaver's brother, Llewellyn D. Seaver, is a cashier at the Old Colony Trust Company.

The source citation for the article is:

"Ex-State Senator Edward Seaver Died" The Boston [Mass.] Globe newspaper, obituary, Friday, 28 January 1921, page 4, column 4, Edward Seaver obituary;   ( : accessed 9 May 2019).

This obituary provides a death date, an approximate birth date and marriage date, his wife's name, his parents names, and the names of his children.  In addition, his life history in the public arena.  

There are two minor errors in the story - Robert Seaver (1608-1683) arrived in early 1634 (not in 1632) in Boston and settled in nearby Roxbury, and did not buy a large tract of land from the "Indians."  He did obtain  a one acre tract of land, where he built his house, from the Roxbury town in the 1634 time frame, and bought more land over time in Roxbury and Dedham.

Edward Seaver was born on 3 June 1849 in Roxbury, Massachusetts, the second son and third child of William Seaver (1818-1874) and his first wife, Martha Page Wentworth (1816-1857).  He married Mary Kate Russell (1852-1916) on 8 October 1873 in Boston.  They had three children:

*  Mary Katherine Seaver (1874-????).
*  Susan Russell Seaver (1876-1964), married Henry Latimer Seaver (1878-1975) in 1908, no known children.
*  Edward Seaver (1878-1962), married Grace Ambrose Whitmore (1881-1966) in 1907, two children. 

Edward Seaver (1849-1921) is my 5th cousin 5 times removed.  


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