Thursday, May 14, 2020

Seavers in the News -- Edwin Forrest Seaver (Really Seavey) Dies in 1932 in Florida

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 Tampa Bay Times [St. Petersburg, Fla.]  newspaper dated 23 January 1932:

The transcription of the article is:

"Edwin Forrest Seaver, 86, died at his home, 1726 Forty-third street south, at 10 o'clock Friday night.  Mr. Seaver came to St. Petersburg 13 years ago from South Haven, Mich., and was a retired lock manufacturer.

"Mr. Seaver is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Edith F. Speere, of Passaic, N.J.; two sons, Walter, of this city, and E.R. Seaver, of Theresa, Wis., and one brother, W.C. Seaver, of Chicago.

"Funeral arrangements will be announced later by the J.W. Wilhelm Funeral company."

The source citation is:

"Edwin F. Seaver, Aged Resident of City, Dies," Tampa Bay Times [St. Petersburg, Fla.] newspaper, obituary, Saturday, 23 January 1932, page 10, column 5, Edwin Forrest Seaver obituary;   ( : accessed 14 May 2020).

The only information of genealogical value in this obituary is Edwin's death date, his age, his previous location, the names of three children and their location, and his brother's name and location.  His birthplace, parents names and the name of his spouse are not provided.

I could not find an Edwin (or Edward or Edgar) or Forrest Seaver born in the 1840 to 1850 time frame residing in Michigan or Florida in the 1900 to 1930 U.S. Census.  I could not find a clear match for any of the children in the 1930 census in the state mentioned in the obituary.  I did find a William C. Sievert, born in 1865 in Wisconsin, in Chicago in the 1930 U.S. census.  There is no Ancestry Member Tree for an Edwin Forrest Seaver with any combination of spellings, birth dates, and children's names.  

This may be a surname misspelling problem.  It may also be that the age is wrong.  That happens.  I gave up searching after an hour's effort.  This is not my ancestor.

After another 30 minutes, I finally found him in the FamilySearch Family Tree by searching for Forrest Seaver - Edwin Forrest Seavey (1846-1932) was found, married Helen Broadway (1848-1918), with children Edith F. Seaver, Walter Broadway Seavey, and Edwin Reginald Seavey.  I should check there first, I guess!  There are Ancestry trees for this man. And another obituary on 24 January 1932 with the correct spelling!  

Shoot, I thought I found a fresh Seaver that was not in my database!  Maybe I should add Seaver because there are so many indexed once or twice as Seaver.  Leaver is another surname that gets interchanged with Seaver.

There are over 9,000 Seaver "stories" in my family tree - and this was not one of them.   Life happens, accidentally and intentionally, and some persons are aged and have misspelled obituaries.  I am glad that I can honor Edwin Forrest Seavey today.  

You never know when a descendant will find this blog post and learn something about their ancestors, or provide more information about them.


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