Thursday, April 30, 2020

Seavers in the News -- S.K. Seaver Dies in 1929 in Appleton, 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 Belvidere [Ill.] Daily Republican newspaper dated 9 August 1929:

The transcription of the article is:


"S.K. Seaver, native of Boone county, and a former Sharon resident, died at a hospital in Appleton on Saturday.  For the past three years he had made his home with a daughter, Mrs. Charles Chamberlain, at Almond, Wis.  He was born at Hunter on October 15, 1853.  Seven children survive.  Funeral services were held Monday at Sharon and burial was also there."

The source citation is:

"Former Resident of County Dead," Belvidere [Ill.] Daily Republican newspaper, obituary, Friday, 9 August, 1929, page 8, column 5, S.K. Seaver   ( : accessed 30 April 2020).

The only information of genealogical value in this obituary is S.K.'s death date and place, his daughter's married name, and his birth date and place. There is nothing about his spouse, marriage, occupation or children's names, except for one daughter.  

The key clue to finding this family in my RootsMagic family tree was his daughter's married name.

I had this family in my Seaver family tree database.  Seaver Knutsen Seaver (1854-1929) was the first child of Knute Sjursen and Thora Olsdatter (Hyland) Seaver, who migrated from Norway settled in Boone County, Illinois in about 1850.  He married Emma Engeborg Paulson (1856-1929) in 1883 in Walworth County, Wisconsin.  They had eight children:

*  Rebecca Thorinda Seaver (1884-1981), married 1917 Charles William Chamberlain (1888-1949).
*  Maude Edith Seaver (1886-1971), married 1912 Carl H. Mendell (1881-1934).
*  Pearl Frances Seaver (1888-1966), married (1) 1914 Charles Pennington (1878-1914), and (2) 1922 Elias Duxstad (1866-1941).
*  Raymond Lewis Seaver (1891-1981), married 1917 Della Mae McLean (1894-1963).
*  Bessie Josephine Seaver (1892-1978), married 1915 Floyd William Campbell (1893-1973).
*  Arthur Herbert Seaver (1894-1978), married 1922 Rose Kathryn Bieber (1898-1980).
*  Jessie Seaver (1894-1894).
*  Gladys Emma Seaver (1898-1978), married 1916 William August Friedrich Krupke (1893-1978).

I am not related to this Seaver line, since they descend from Sjur Knudsen and Ingeborg Vikingsdtr of Voss, Norway.

There are over 9,000 Seaver "stories" in my family tree - this was one of them.   Life happens, accidentally and intentionally, and  some persons live long lives and have large families.  I am glad that I can honor Seaver Knutsen Seaver today.  

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


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