Thursday, October 24, 2019

Seavers in the News -- Adam Seaver Dies in Clifton, Kansas in 1889

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 Clifton [Kan.] Review newspaper dated 14 November 1889:

The transcription of the article is:


"Adam Seaver was born in Alleghany county, N.Y., October 19, 1811, died in Clifton, Kansas, November 8, 1889.

"He emigrated to Illinois in 1849.  He resided there a few years and then moved to Iowa where he lived about 25 years.  About 10 years ago he came to Clifton and has resided on his farm north east of Clifton part of that time but most of the time in this city, his health not being sufficient to labor on his farm.

"He was the father of six children by his first wife.  Three sons and one daughter are still living.

"He was married to Mrs. Louisa Baker June 9, 1869, and their union has provided to be a pleasant and happy one.

"He embraced religion in early manhood and united with the Methodist Episcopal church and remained an honest and consistant member until called to his heavenly home.  He held the office of Stewart in the church a number of years.

"He has been declining in health the past two years and the last six months he gradually failed till death according to his wish released him from suffering.

"He was patient during his sickness, but seemed anxious to depart and be at rest.  He repeatedly said to his companion and friends, 'I do not fear death, I am ready and willing to die.'  His last audible words were 'I am safe, safe, safe.'

"He was highly esteemed in this and other communities where he resided. His funeral was largely attended on Sunday morning at the M.E. church in this city.

"Rev. J.C. Brainard officiated assisted by Rev. Wilson of the Presbyterian church.  Rev. Brainard used as a text for the sermon, Job 14,10, 'Man dieth and wasteth away, Yea man giveth up the ghost, and where is he.'

"A good man has passed away.  His wife and friends have the heartfelt sympathy of all in our midst.

"Adam Seaver's body rests in the Odd Fellows' cemetery north of this city awaiting the resurrection of the just.  Peace to his ashes."

The source citation is:

"Obituary,The Clifton [Kan.] Review newspaper, obituary, Thursday, 14 November 1889, page 3, column 4, Adam Seaver   ( : accessed 24 October 2019).

This obituary provides Adam Seaver's birth date and place, death date and place, and the name and marriage date of his second wife, but not the names of his first wife and six children.

The information for Adam Seaver in my RootsMagic family tree is that he married (1) Nancy Hooker (1800-1865) in New York in about 1831.  They had six children:

*  Ennis Stillman Seaver (1832-1923), married (1) 1860 Clara Corey (1838-1860) (one child) and (2) 1863 Mary Ann Van Ness (1845-????) in (two children).
*  Henry Lewis Seaver (1834-1915), married 1865 Emily Powers (1845-1921) (seven children).
*  Nelson W. Seaver (1836-1923), married 1872 Evangeline Isora Hemingway (1852-1936) (two children).
*  Adam Ransalaer Seaver (1838-1864), married 1858 Mary Frances Benjamin (1839-1892) (two children).
*  Harriet J. Seaver (1840-1923), married 1862 John Emory Benjamin (1836-1902) (one child).
*  Hiram Seaver (1842-1860).

Adam Seaver married (2) 1869 Louisa (Rudd) Baker (1822-1893) (no children).

I don't know the names of Adam Seaver's parents.  It's one of my many Seaver mysteries.  The middle name of the son Adam Ransalaer Seaver may be a clue.  The middle name of the son Ennis Stillman Seaver may be a clue.

There are over 8,000 Seaver "stories" in my family tree - this was one of them.   Life happens, accidentally and intentionally, and sometimes folks live a long life and contribute to community life.  I am glad I can honor Adam Seaver today.


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1 comment:

ahlorenz said...

To add to your information: Mary C. Van Ness,(2) wife of Ennis Seaver died in Marshalltown, Linn, Iowa 20 July 1920 (see Evening Times Republican (Marshalltown, Iowa) 20 July 1920, p. 11 at newspapers. com. She is buried in Rockford, Iowa. There is also an interesting Iowa Supreme Court Case (1937 "Zornes v. Bowen"). involving her daughter "Clara" (Clarissa) Seaver and her husband R. J. Bowen. Mary C. (not Mary Ann, as far as I know), according to court case was insane prior to or at the time of her death.