Thursday, October 31, 2019

Seavers in the News -- Anna (Tague) Seaver (1809-1886) Dies in Indiana

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 Hancock Democrat [Greenfield, Ind.] newspaper dated 17 June 1886:

The transcription of the article is:

Anna Seaver, oldest child of George and Susanna Tague, was born in Stokes county, North Carolina, October 13, 1809; came with her parents to Switzerland county, Indiana, in the year 1815; was married to Henry Seaver in the summer or fall of 1830; became them other of a son, her only child, George W. Seaver, July 4, 1831, who died May 26, 1832.  She lived with her husband on a farm in Egypt Bottom until his death, which occurred October 26, 1867.  After his death she remained his widow until death.  She continued to live on and manage her farm until August 1883, when health, which was always feeble, failed her so much that she was compelled to sell her farm and come to live with her brothers and sister in Greenfield and Indianapolis, Ind.  She made her home with her brother, Jonathan Tague, in Greenfield, with whom she lived most of the time after selling her farm.  She was converted during her minority and ever after lived with the full assurance that she was a child of God, the evidences of which brightened as the afflictions of old age gathered around her.  She often spoke and wrote with delight of her home beyond the dusky river.  A few days before her death, when attention was called by Jonathan to some blooming roses at the window of her sick room, where he had trained the stems to grow that she might be pleased with the sight and odor of her choice of flowers, she looked and smiled, but said 'I am looking at and think of the never withering flowers.'  The fatal disease was cancerous tumor, which caused great suffering for as many as four years before her final departure.  She died Monday morning, June 14, 1886, at twenty-five minutes after midnight.  The funeral services were held at her brother's home on Tuesday, June 15, at 1 o'clock P>M>, conducted by R.D. Robinson in a very solemn and appropriate manner in the assemblage of many kind relatives and friends.  Immediately afterward she was buried in the New cemetery, on a beautiful lot belonging to her brother, G.G. Tague."

The source citation is:

"Obituary,The Hancock Democrat [Greenfield, Ind.] newspaper, obituary, Thursday, 17 June 1886, page 3, column 3, Anna Seaver   ( : accessed 31 October 2019).

This obituary provides Anna (Tague) Seaver's birth date and place, death date and place, the name and marriage date of her husband, his death date, the name of their only child and his birth and death dates, the names of her parents, and the names of two brothers.  It's a life history in one paragraph.  

I had Anna Tague in my RootsMagic database along with her husband's name and their marriage date, but did not have any more information about her.  I added all of the information in this obituary about her, and also added the son, George W. Seaver to my family tree database.  

I am not related to Henry Seaver (1803-1867), the husband of Anna.  He is descended from Henry Seaver (1743-1810 and Elizabeth --?-- (1747-1777).  The elder Henry Seaver came from Germany before 1770 and settled in Virginia.  

There are over 8,000 Seaver "stories" in my family tree - this was one of them.   Life happens, accidentally and intentionally, and sometimes the life of a person is memorialized in an obituary with many details.  I am glad I can honor Anna (Tague) Seaver and son George W. Seaver today.


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