Thursday, June 27, 2019

Seavers in the News -- Ruth (Seaver) Bishop Dies in 1913

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 Beatrice [Nebr.] Daily Sun newspaper dated 29 March 1913:

The transcription of the article is:

Funeral of Mrs. J.N. Bishop at Tecumseh

Tecumseh, Neb., March 28 -- (Special) -- The funeral of Mrs. J.N. Bishop , who died at Colorado Springs, Colo., Tuesday, was held at the Episcopal church in this city at 10:00 o'clock this morning, and was conducted by Rev. W.W. Barnes of Nebraska City.

Mrs. Bishop, whose maiden name was Miss Ruth Seaver and who was the daughter of Mrs. Ellen Seaver, had been in failing health for several months, and was aged 23 years, 5 months and 2 days.  She was born in Tecumseh and lived here during the years of her childhood and girlhood.  Five years ago her mother and herself went to Carthage, Mo. to reside, and she was married to Mr. Bishop in that city June 27, 1909.  Two years ago Mr. and Mrs. Bishop established their home in Kansas City.  Besides the mother and husband, the deceased is survived by four brothers and two sisters, who are A.T. Seaver of Salina, Kas., E.H. Seaver of Carthage, Mo., B.E. Seaver of Seneca, Kas., and S.R. Seaver of Beloit, Kas.; Mrs. G.W. Halsted of Tecumseh and Mrs. Lute E. Blanchard of St. Joseph, Mo.  The father of the deceased, Samuel R. Seaver, now deceased, was a business man of Tecumseh for many years.

The remains of Mrs. Bishop were interred in the Tecumseh cemetery.
The source citation for the article is:

"Funeral of Mrs. J.N. Bishop at Tecumseh," Beatrice [Neb.] Daily Sun newspaper, obituary, Saturday, 29 March 1913, page 1, column 4, Mrs. J.N. Bishop obituary;   ( : accessed 27 June 2019).

A check of my RootsMagic family tree database did not reveal a Ruth Seaver born in about 1889 (calculated as 23 October 1889 from the death date (25 March 1913) and her age at death (23 years, 5 months, 2 days).  Fortunately, the obituary for Ruth (Seaver) Bishop included the names of her parents (Samuel R. and Ellen Seaver) and her six siblings.  They were all in my RootsMagic file.

Samuel Ross Seaver (1835-1892) and Ellen Sophia Twining (1847-1929) married 11 November 1866 in Waterloo, Wisconsin.  They had seven children, four born in Waterloo, Wisconsin, and three born in Tecumseh, Nebraska:

*  Arthur Twining Seaver (1867-1956), married Bertha Elizabeth Honeywell (1872-1950) in about 1896.
*  Hiram Edwin Seaver (1869-1952), married Jessie Louise Moore (1880-1961) in 1901.
*  Burt Eugene Seaver (1872-1963), married Helen W. Lewis (1876-1958) in 1899.
*  Dora Edith Seaver (1874-1958), married George W. Halsted (1872-1937) in 1894.
*  Sarah Eunice "Sadie" Seaver (1877-1932) married Lute E. Blanchard (1870-1949) in 1901.
*  Samuel Ross Seaver (1884-1966) married Ethel Daisy Bush (1883-1952) in 1906.
*  Ruth Seaver (1889-1913) married James Neville Bishop (1884-1968) in 1909.

The only persons I did not have in my RootsMagic file were Ruth and James Bishop, so I added them based on the information in the obituary.  I also found the 1910 U.S. Census record for James M. and Ruth Bishop in Carthage, Missouri.  From there, I found a Find A Grave memorial for James Neville Bishop that I think is Ruth's husband.  James was listed as single in the 1940 census, and no spouse is listed in the Find A Grave memorial, nor in the obituary on the memorial.

Ruth (Seaver) Bishop is my 5th cousin 3 time removed.  

This is a pretty good example of a person who appeared in only one record (in the 1910 census, I couldn't find Ruth or her mother in the 1900 census) and in an obituary.  Ruth was hidden from history and now she is found, with a spouse, and with birth, marriage and death dates.  


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