Thursday, July 25, 2019

Seavers in the News - John Wright Seaver Dies in 1911 in Pittsburgh

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 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette newspaper dated 18 January 1911:

The transcription of the article is:


John Wright Seaver

"John Wright Seaver, age 56, a civil engineer of international reputation and who was at one time associated with the Riter-Conley Manufacturing Company, this city, died suddenly Saturday morning in his home, on Euclid Heights, Cleveland, O.  He was born in Madison, Wis. and spent his early life in Buffalo, N.Y.  When a young man he entered the field of mechanical engineering and was a pioneer in the manufacturing of coke oven machinery.  He left Pittsburgh 15 years ago and went to Cleveland to become a partner with the Wellmans, in the company that bears their names.  Mr. Seaver was the first designer and builder of Gantry cranes and other material handling and steel manufacturing machinery.  Noted specimens of his work exist in England and Germany as well as in this country.  At the time of his death, Mr. Seaver was associated with his friend, J.E.A. Moore.  The firm is now executing large contracts for German capitalists in Pennsylvania.  Mr. Seaver was a member of the Union, Euclid and Rowfant clubs of Cleveland, and of the Cleveland Engineering Society.  He belonged to the American Society of Civil Engineers and the American Society of Mechanical engineers.  Mr. Seaver is survived by his widow and four children."

The source citation for the article is:

"The Death Roll," Pittsburgh [Penn.] Post-Gazette  newspaper, obituary, Wednesday, 18 January 1911, page 3, column 6, John Wright Seaver obituary;   ( : accessed 25 July 2019).

Unfortunately, this obituary is heavy with career accomplishments and says nothing about his family besides a "widow and four children."

John Wright Seaver was a principal of the well known Wellman-Seaver-Morgan Company which manufactured giant cranes for the U.s. Navy and commercial customers all over the world.

John Wright Seaver (1855-1911) was born 8 January 1855 in Madison, Wisconsin, the son of Daniel McCleary and Charlotte Ann (Bennett) Seaver.  He married Mary Tassey Patterson (1866-1949) on 17 February 1891 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.   They had four children:

*  John Tassey Seaver (1892-1940), married (1) in 1921 to Margaret A. Aikens (1897-1991), and (2) in 1938 to Mary Josephine Offutt (1903-1980), no known children.
*  Charlotte DeBeaumont Seaver (1895-????), married in 1920 Raymond Turner Kelsey (1892-1949), two known children.
*  Hugh Davis Seaver (1896-1959), married in 1930 to Elizabeth Lee Andersen (1906-1977), no known children.
*  William Patterson Seaver (1901-1912).

John Wright Seaver is my 7th cousin 3 times removed.


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