Thursday, February 20, 2020

Seavers in the News -- Mrs. R. Chauncy Seaver Dies in 1921 in Massachusetts

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 Boston [Mass.] Globe newspaper dated 20 April 1921:

The transcription of the article is:


"  Funeral services for Mrs. R. Chauncy Seaver, wife of the former tennis champion took place yesterday afternoon in the Forest Hills Cemetery Chapel. Rev. Henry K. Sherrill, pastor of the Church of Our Savior, Brookline officiated.  There were many beautiful floral tributes and the chapel was filled with friends of Mrs. Seaver.

"Mrs. Seaver lived at 63 Longwood av, Brookline.  She died Saturday at her Summer home, North Scituate, following a sudden attack of heart trouble.  Burial was in the family lot in the cemetery."

The source citation is:

"Mrs. R. Chauncy Seaver at Rest in Forest Hills," The Boston [Mass.] Globe newspaper, obituary, Wednesday, 20 July 1921, page 7, column 6, Mrs. R. Chauncy Seaver   ( : accessed 20 February 2020).

Note that this obituary does not list her name, her age, her parents, any siblings or children, but it does name her spouse as a famous tennis player, plus she had many friends and floral tributes.  According to the obituary, she died Saturday, 16 July 1921 in North Scituate, Massachusetts.  She is buried in Forest Hills Cemetery in Boston.

I had Robert Chauncey Seaver (1877-1945) in my RootsMagic famly tree database, and his wife's name was Edith Fanueil Willard (1891-1921).  They had one child, Frances Stodder Seaver (1912-2010), who married Charles Stratton Brooks (1912-1976) in 1941.  Robert Chauncey Seaver married (2) Mary McIntyre (1893-1986) in 1922.  

Robert Chauncey Seaver (1877-1945) is my 6th cousin 4 times removed.  

There are over 9,000 Seaver "stories" in my family tree - this was one of them.   Life happens, accidentally and intentionally, and sometimes a well-known person is not named in her own obituary.  I am glad that I can honor Edith Fanueil (Willard) Seaver today.


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