Thursday, July 4, 2019

Seavers in the News -- Mrs. R.A. Seaver Dies in New York 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 The Nebraska State Journal [Lincoln, Nebr.] newspaper dated 16 November 1913:

The transcription of the article is:

"Death of Mrs. R.A. Seaver

"TECUMSEH, Neb., Nov. 15 -- Mrs. R.A. Seaver died at her home in New York city yesterday. She was the daughter of W.H. Talcott of Tecumseh, and was reared here.  Mrs. Seaver had been in failing health for several months and had spent the summer in the mountains.  He age was thirty-five years.  Mrs. Seaver, whose maiden name was Charlotta Talcott, is survived by her husband, one child, father, a sister, Mrs. Grace Duysing of Kansas City, and a brother, C.A. Talcott of Oklahoma City.  She was a talented musician, being a splendid vocalist. For some time she was a soloist in a Lincoln church.  The remains will be brought to Tecumseh for burial, reaching here Wednesday."
The source citation for the article is:

"Death of Mrs. R.A. Seaver," The Nebraska State Journal [Lincoln, Neb.] newspaper, obituary, Sunday, 16 November 1913, page 12, column 6, Mrs. R.a. Seaver obituary;   ( : accessed 4 July 2019).

A check of my RootsMagic family tree database did not reveal a Charlotte (or Lottie) Talcott or Seaver born in about 1878.  There were several R.A. Seaver persons born between 1860 and 1890, and one in New York, but I had him married to another woman with two children.

I did a search in the U.S. Census and easily found Roscoe and Charlotte Seaver in the 1910 census in New York City, and a suggested record was the 1909 marriage of Roscoe A. Seaver and Charlotte Talcott in Manhattan.  This is the same Roscoe that married Bertha Van Auken by the time of the 1920 U.S. Census, with two Seaver children born in 1911 and 1913 (another Charlotte).  So I had the wrong mother for the two children.  I added Charlotte Talcott to my RootsMagic file as the mother of the two children, and moved Bertha off to be the second spouse of Roscoe.  

Charlotte Talcott was born in January 1880 (according to the 1900 U.S. Census, married Roscoe A. Seaver on 17 May 1909 in New York City, and died there on 14 November 1913.  Roscoe A. Seaver was born 8 September 1870 in Adams, New York, and died 3 July 1937 in Ridgewood, New Jersey.  Me married (2) Bertha G. Van Auken before 1920; she was born 21 October 1865 in New Jersey, and died 2 September 1949 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Roscoe Allen and Charlotte (Talcott) Seaver has two children:

*  Martha Caroline Seaver (1911-1950)
*  Charlotte E. Seaver (1913-1985), married Charles Edward Clain (1917-1989) in 1942.

The obituary indicated that Charlotte had only one child, but it is evident from the birth dates of the children that she had two. 

Roscoe Allen Seaver is my 5th cousin four times removed.  


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1 comment:

Diane Gould Hall said...

The birth of that second daughter in 1913 makes me wonder if Charlotte died of something related to childbirth? I had a similar situation when DNA revealed and was verified by my research, that I had the wrong mother for one of Ron's ancestors.