Thursday, March 12, 2020

Seavers in the News -- Abram Seaver Dies in Walker, Missouri in 1924

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 Fort Scott Tribune and Fort Scott [Kans.] Monitor newspaper dated 21 February 1924:

The transcription of the article is:


"Abram Seaver was born in Cumberland County, Pa., in 1842.  He departed this life Feb. 14, 1923, at the age of 82 years at the family home just south of Walker, Mo.

"He was married to Miss Susie Yarbo at Nevada, Mo.  To this union was born two sons, Edward Seaver of Washington and Curt of Walker, Mo.  He leaves to mourn his loss the widow and two sons, one daughter, Mrs. Stamper of Fresno, Cal., eight grandchildren, four brothers and one sister, also a number of nieces and nephews.  The brothers are Wm. A., Wesley, and David of Fort Scott, and James E. Seaver of Fresno, Cal.  The sister, Mrs. Margurite Hulse of Stockton, Cal.

Uncle Abe, as he was called, was converted to the Methodist faith when a boy and continued so to the end of life, and was a pioneer settler, having come here in the early fifties with his parents, David and Marguerite Seaver.  Settled in the Lath Branch neighborhood, where he was well known and loved by all, afterward moving to the farm at Walker, Mo., a number of years.  He was of jovial temperment always welcoming young people as well as older ones at the home.  He obtained a part of his education at the little log school house that occupied a part of the location of Lath Branch cemetery, where he finds his last resting place among the dear ones who have gone on before.

"He was enjoying comparatively good health until a fall on the ice about two weeks ago, fracturing the hip and internal injuries."

The source citation is:

"Obituary," Fort Scott Tribune and the Fort Scott [Kans.] Monitor newspaper, obituary, Thursday, 21 February 1924, page 6, column 4, Abram Seaver   ( : accessed 12 March 2020).

While the obituary says he died 14 February 1923, the newspaper is dated 21 February 1924.  There is also a Missouri death certificate that states 14 February 1924.  This obituary is fairly complete - it gves an approximate birth date and place, a death date and place, his wife's maiden name (although spelled wrong), the names and address of his children, the names of his parents and siblings, and a brief summary of his interests, although nothing about his occupation.  It also provides a cause of death and a burial place. 

Abraham J. Seaver (1842-1924) is in my RootsMagic family tree, the son of David Henry and Margaret Ann (Helm) Seavers.  I did not know his first wife's name or the names of his three children.  After some research, here is his family:

*  Abraham Seaver married (1) Sarah Jane Eddlemon (1850-1871) in 1869 in Fort Scott, Kansas.  They had one child:

**  Sarah Jane Seaver (1871-1937), married Henry Harrison Stamper (1856-1919) in about 1894.  

*  Abraham Seaver married (2) Mary Susan Yarbro (1859-1928) on 19 November 1884 in Vernon County, Missouri.   They had two sons:

**  William Edward Seaver (1885-1972), married Susie A. Denny (1888-1969) in 1911 in Missouri.
**  Curtis McClellan Seaver (1887-1963), married Lois Myrtle Coffman (1885-1941) in about 1910.

I am not related to Abraham Seaver.  His father, David Henry Seavers (1810-1891) was born in Pennylvania and was the son of Michael Severs (1765-1825) was born in Germany and settled in Cumberland County,Pennsylvania.

There are over 9,000 Seaver "stories" in my family tree - this was one of them.   Life happens, accidentally and intentionally, and  sometimes a fall on the ice is fatal. I am glad that I can honor Abraham J. Seaver today.


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