Thursday, August 15, 2019

Seavers in the News -- Lucy Barrett (Jewett) Seaver Dies in Brooklyn in 1909

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 Brooklyn [N.Y.] Daily Eagle newspaper dated 11 May 1909:

The transcription of the article is:

Lucy Barrett Seaver.

Lucy Barrett Jewett, widow of Benjamin F. Seaver and a resident for more than eighty years of Columbia Heights, died Sunday at 111 Pierrepont street, her residence for the past thirty-one years.  The funeral services will be held to-morrow afternoon, the Rev. Dr. Caleb Samuel Dutton officiating.  He is pastor of the Second Unitarian Church, of which Mrs. Seaver was one of the first members and of which her late husband was a founder. Mrs. Seaver's death was due to old age.  Until she began to fail, about six weeks ago, she was the possessor of all her faculties, and went about lower Brooklyn freely, shopping and visiting.  She was a great reader, never wearing glasses, and took much interest in young people, and particularly in the Fresh Air Walking Club.  She was a member of the Brooklyn Institute of Arts and Sciences , and very actively interested in the charitable work of her church, and also the work of the League of Unitarian Women, to which she belonged.  Mrs. Seaver was the daughter of John Jewett, who was a pioneer dry goods merchant of Manhattan, and afterward in the white lead manufacture in this borough.  She was born at No. 2 Maiden Lane, Manhattan, in 1823, when that street was the shopping district of New York City, and as was the custom in those days , her father lived over his store.  In 1827 her parents cane to Brooklyn, taking up their residence in the house at Willow and Pineapple streets, at present occupied by Samuel Rowland.  In 1835 the family removed to 44 Monroe place, where, in 1843, deceased was married by the Rev. Dr. Farley of the First Unitarian Church.  Her husband was a dry goods merchant, and prominent in Brooklyn life until his death, in 1866.  Mrs. Seaver is survived by two sons, Henry G. and Benjamin Frank, and a daughter, Mrs. William R. Trippe.

The source citation for the article is:

"Lucy Barret Seaver,The Brooklyn [N.Y.] Daily Eagle newspaper, obituary, Tuesday, 11 May 1909, page 3, column 4, Lucy Barret Seaver obituary;   ( : accessed 15 August 2019).

The obituary provides the married and maiden name, the implied death date (9 May 1909), her husband's name, the names of three of their living children, and significant personal information about herself and her father.

Lucy Barret (Jewett) Seaver was born before 8 June 1823 in Rowley, Massachusetts, daughter of John and Lucy (Ripley) Jewett.  She married Benjamin Francis Seaver (1820-1866) on 30 May 1844 in Rowley, Massachusetts.  They had four children:

*  Lucy Jewett Seaver (1845-1916), married 1874 William Richard Trippe (1846-1923).
*  Henry Gardner Seaver (1846-1931), married 1880 Cornelia Ridgeway Latta (1854-1922).
*  Grace Milton Seaver (1855-1856).
*  Benjamin Frank Seaver (1858-1929).

Benjamin Francis Seaver (1820-1866) is my 6th cousin, 4 times removed, and their children are my 7th cousins 3 times removed.  I am probably related to Lucy Barrett Jewett through my Jewett ancestors in the Rowley, Massachusetts are in the 1600s.


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