Thursday, April 23, 2020

Seavers in the News -- George C. Seaver Dies in Johnson City, Tennessee in 1925

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 Knoxville (Tenn.] Journal newspaper dated 26 August 1925:

The transcription of the article is:

"George C. Seaver
"JOHNSON CITY, Tenn., Aug. 25. -- (Spl.) -- Funeral services for George C. Seaver, 77 years old, who died Saturday evening at his home here, were held yesterday afternoon at 4 o'clock from the family residence, conducted by Dr. M.P. Carico, of the Munsey Memorial church, followed by interment in Oak Hill cemetery.  Mr. Seaver was a pioneer merchant of Johnson City, engaging in the hardware business as a member of the firm Seaver & Summers.  He was associated with the Summers Hardware company at the time of his death.  He is survived by the following children, all of whom were present at the funeral services:  Mrs. Charles Brown, Will Seaver, Mrs. W.C. Phlegar and Guy O. Seaver."

The source citation is:

"George C. Seaver," The Knoxville [Tenn.] Journal newspaper, death notice, Wednesday, 26 August, 1925, page 2, column 3, George C. Seaver   ( : accessed 23 April 2020).

The only information of genealogical value in this obituary is George's death date and place, his children's current names, and his occupation.  There is nothing about his birth, spouse or marriage.

I had this family in my Seaver family tree database.  George Curry Seaver was born 2 August 1847 in Hawkins County, Tennessee, the son of Jeremiah and Nancy (Thurman) Seaver.  He married (1) Harriet Ruth "Hattie" Ballard (1848-1876) on 10 September 1871 in Washington County, Tennessee.  They had two children:

*  William Elbert Seaver (1874-1933).
*  Hattie May Seaver (1876-1900).

George Curry Seaver married (2) Mary Ruth "Mollie" Reeve (1855-1927) in about 1887 in Tennessee.  They had three children:

*  Georgia Reeve Seaver (1888-1933), married 1913 to Woodie Calvin Phelgar (1883-1947).
*  Guy Orlando Seaver (1890-1978, married 1920 to Ruth Lyle McCorkle (1898-1985).
*  Grace Rebecca Seaver (1893-???), who may have married Charles Brown.

I am not related to this Seaver line, since they descend from Henry and Elizabeth (--?--) Seaver who came from Germany and settled in Virginia before 1770.   

There are over 9,000 Seaver "stories" in my family tree - this was one of them.   Life happens, accidentally and intentionally, and  some persons experience hardship, overcome it,  and live long lives.  I am glad that I can honor George C. Seaver today.  

You never know when a descendant will find this blog post and learn something about their ancestors.


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