Thursday, April 9, 2020

Seavers in the News -- Mrs. Mary B. Seaver Dies in 1926 in Wisconsin

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 Capital Times [ Madison, Wis.] newspaper dated 8 April 1926:

The transcription of the article is:


"Mrs. Mary Brandon Seaver, 85, died Wednesday night at the home of her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Mark Head, 1610 Adams st.  She had been ill a long time.

"Mrs. Seaver was born in Piqua, O., and came with her parents to Wisconsin in 1845 by means of a covered wagon.  The Brandon family settled in Jefferson, and at 16 years of age, their daughter, Mary, married Alexander T. Seaver.  They lived in Aztalan for a few years and then for many years near Jefferson.

Besides Mrs. Head, Mrs. Seaver is survived by another daughter, Mrs. Nellie Greenwood, six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

"Funeral services will be held Saturday, at 11 a.m., at the Head residence.  Rev. Jesse Sarles of the University Congregation church, will officiate, and burial will be at the family lot in Jefferson, Saturday afternoon."

The source citation is:

"Mrs. Mary B. Seaver," The Capital Times [Madison, Wis.] newspaper, obituary, Friday, 8 April 1926, page 14, column 4, Mary Brandon Seaver   ( : accessed 9 April 2020).

 This obituary names her husband and two daughters by their married names, but not her parents given names.  There is no cause of death.  

I had this family in my Seaver family tree database.  Mary Catherine Brandon (1841-1926) was the daughter of Othello Stanford and Elizabeth (Reed) Brandon.  She married Alexander T. Seaver (1833-1879) on 8 December 1857 in Jefferson County, Wisconsin.  They had three children:

*  Horace W. Seaver (1859-1859).
*  Isabella Elizabeth "Belle" Seaver (1862-1937), married Mark Anthony Head (1862-1940) in about 1882.  
*  Helene Sarah "Nellie" Seaver (1866-1938), married Albert Greenwood (1864-1949) in 1885.

Unfortunately, almost all of the life events in Mary's life are hidden, other than her migration to Wisconsin, her marriage, her two children's names, and perhaps a church affiliation.  A daughter, a wife, a mother and grandmother, and a widow for 47 years.

The children of Alexander T. and Mary Catherine (Brandon) Seaver are my 5th cousins, 3 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 it is a hidden life story. I am glad that I can honor Mary Catherine (Brandon) Seaver today.


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