Thursday, May 30, 2019

Seavers in the News - Joseph H. Seaver Dies in 1915 in Philadelphia

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 Philadelphia Evening Public Ledger newspaper dated 12 April 1915:

The transcription of the article is:


Second Oldest Member of Stock Exchange and Veteran of Union League.

Joseph h. Seaver, the second oldest member of the Philadelphia Stock Exchange in point of membership and one of the first members of the Union League, died yesterday at his home on Wynnewood avenue, Overbrook, after a severe attack of pneumonia.  He had been ill several weeks.

Mr. Seaver was born in Philadelphia 80 years ago in the famous "Portico Row" on Spruce street, which was built by his grandfather.  Educated in Philadelphia, Mr. Seaver became a member of the Philadelphia Stock Exchange in 1862.  He was at one time floor representative for R.M. Janney & Cop., and when that firm dissolved several years ago he virtually retired from active business.

Mr. Seaver is survived by a widow and three children, Mrs. w. Percy Simpson, of Overbrook; Mrs. George E. Dadman, of New York, and Mr. Howard E. Seaver, of Philadelphia.  Mr. Seaver was a devout member of the Presbyterian Church.  Funeral services will be held at the family residence in Overbrook at 3:15 tomorrow afternoon.  The interment will be in West Laurel Hill Cemetery.

The source citation for the article is:

"Joseph H. Seaver," Philadelphia [Penn.] Evening Public Ledger newspaper, obituary, Monday, 12 April 1915, page 14, column 5, Joseph H. Seaver obituary;   ( : accessed 28 May 2019).

Joseph Henry Seaver was born 22 January 1835 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the son of Joseph Whitney Seaver (1804-1883) and Phebe Shaw Elmes (1814-1899).  He married Mary Elizabeth Gillespie(1839-1930) in about 1867 in Philadelphia.  They had three children:

*  Jessie Gillespie Seaver (1872-1940), married William Percy Simpson (1871-1938) in about 1893, one son.
*  Archer Whiting Seaver (1875-1901), married Marion Catlett Skinner (1879-1943) in 1900, one son.
*  Howard Eves Seaver (1878-1963), married Susan Trotter Price (1876-1960) in about 1914, no children.

Mrs. George E. Dadman is Mary Elizabeth Gillespie's daughter with James Boyles, named Emma M. Boyles (1866-1949).  Emma Boyles married George E. Dadmun (1868-????) in 1901 in Philadelphia. 

I am a 6th cousin 4 times removed to Joseph H. Seaver.


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