Thursday, January 9, 2020

Seavers in the News -- Harriette M. Seaver Dies in 1916 in Eugene, Oregon

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 Eugene [Ore.] Guard newspaper dated 3 January 1916:

The transcription of the article is:

"SEAVER -- In Eugene, at 6:30 p.m., January 1, 1916, Mrs. Harriette M. Seaver, aged 64 years, eight months and fifteen days.

"She was born at Rome, Wis., April 16 1851, and was married to John N. Seaver in Chicago in 1871.  She leaves children as follows: Frank E. Seaver, of Symco, Wis., John N. Seaver, Will J. Seaver and Mrs. Walter B. Jones, all of Eugene.  The funeral was held at the Gordon and Veatch chapel at 3 p.m. yesterday and Rev. H.S. Wilkinson officiated.  The remains will not be interred here, but will be placed in the mausoleum and interred at Symco, Wis. later."

The source citation is:

"DIED,The Eugene [Ore.] Guard newspaper, obituary, Monday, 3 January 1916, page 5, column 2, Mrs. Harriette M. Seaver   ( : accessed 9 January 2020).

This obituary has a birth and death date for Mrs. Harriette M. Seaver, the names of her four living children and her husband, but not her maiden name, parents or siblings.  

From my RootsMagic family tree, I see that Harriet McCord was born 16 April 1850 to William and Amelia (--?--) McCord in Wisconsin.  She married John Nelson Seaver (1845-1902) in Chicago, Illinois on 3 December 1871.  They had seven children, four of whom are mentioned in the obituary:

*  William James Seaver (1873-1950), married 1900 Thora Amalia King (1875-1968).
*  Frank Ellsworth Seaver (1876-1917), married 1908 Elizabeth Frances Cate (1876-1923).
*  Harriet Lulu Seaver (1878-1898).
*  Abbie Amelia Seaver (1880-1900).
*  Susie Bell Seaver (1882-1968), married 1903 Walter Bancroft Jones (1879-1965).
*  George D. Seaver (1883-????).
*  John Nelson Seaver (1892-1957), married 1918 Fannie Myrtle Clinkscales (1891=1981).

I am a 4th cousin 3 times removed to her husband, John Nelson Seaver, and a 5th cousin 2 times removed to their children.  Our common ancestors are my 7th great-grandparents, Joseph and Mary (Read) Seaver.

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 has some sadness - the early death of a spouse and three children.  I am glad I can honor Harriet (McCord) Seaver today.


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