Thursday, October 3, 2019

Seavers in the News - Charles A. Seaver Dies in Batavia, N.Y. in 1897

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 Buffalo [N.Y.] Evening News  newspaper dated 8 February 1897:

The transcription of the article is:

Batavia Ex-Assemblyman Passed Away This Morning -- Genesee County Politics
(From the Sunday News.)
(Special to the Sunday News.)

"BATAVIA, Feb. 6. -- Ex-Assemblyman Charles A. Seaver died at his home, 122 West Main street, in this village, this morning after an illness of about six months duration, aged 51 years.  Death was due to a complication of diseases, but the direct cause was the bursting of a blood vessel.  He leaves a widow, Mrs. Jennie Seaver, one son, John B. Seaver, two daughters, Clarabel and Olivia M. Seaver, and one sister, Miss Clara L. Seaver of Batavia.  Mr. Seaver was born in Byron and was the son of John Seaver, a harness maker.  He became actively interested in politics at an early age and was the first elected Justice of the Peace in Byron.  In the years 1876 and 1877 the deceased was Supervisor of the town of Byron.  In 1885 and 1886 Mr. Seaver was an Assemblyman.  He was also a Mason.  The funeral will be held from the house on Monday afternoon at 1 o'clock and the remains will be taken to Byron for interment."

The source citation for the article is:

"Mr. Seaver DeadBuffalo [N.Y.] Evening News newspaper, obituary, Tuesday, 8 February 1897, page 5, column 4, Charles A. Seaver obituary story;   ( : accessed 3 October 2019).

This is a story about the local boy doing well until he gets sick and dies.  He worked in local politics and it seems that he succeeded in his chosen profession.  

Charles Alexander Seaver was born 8 March 1845 in Byron, New York to John McCall and Almira Louise (Strong) Seaver.  He married Jennie Jane Beecher (1845-1914) on 21 March 1878 in Batavia, New York.  They had five children:

*  Clara Belle Seaver (1879-1943), married Saxon Arnold Coons (1866-1942) in 1908.
*  John Beecher Seaver (1881-1956), married Cornelia Weed Southworth (1874-1961) in 1915.
*  Olivia Margaret Seaver (1885-1971), married Wallace Gilbert Stakel (1883-1944) in 1908.
*  Samuel Filkins Seaver (1886-1886)
*  William Zeno Seaver (1887-1887).

Charles Alexander Seaver is my 7th cousin 3 times removed.

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 conventional life and die relatively young.


Disclosure:  I have a paid subscription to and have used it extensively to find articles about my ancestral and one-name families.

Copyright (c) 2019, Randall J. Seaver

Please comment on this post on the website by clicking the URL above and then the "Comments" link at the bottom of each post.  Share it on Twitter, Facebook,  or Pinterest using the icons below.  Or contact me by email at

No comments: