Thursday, June 18, 2020

Seavers in the News -- Ethel Van Vliet Seaver Dies in 1934 in California

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 Times-Tribune [Scranton, Penn.] newspaper dated 21 May 1934:

The transcription of the article is:

"Mrs. Ethel Van Vliet Seaver, formerly of this city, died Saturday at Santa Monica, Cal., after an apendicitis operation.  Besides her husband, Horace, she leaves a son, John V. Seaver; her parents Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Van Vliet, of this city; three sisters, Mrs. H.L. Vail and Portia Van Vliet, of this city; Laura Van Vliet, of Philadelphia; two brothers, Arthur Van Vliet, of Pasadena, Cal.; Ralph Van Vliet, of Scarasdale, N.Y."

The source citation is:

"Obituaries," The Times-Tribune [Scranton, Penn.] newspaper, obituary, Monday, 21 May 1934, page 29, column 5, Mrs. Ethel Van Vliet Seaver obituary;   ( : accessed 18 June 2020).

This obituary provides a death date (implied as Saturday, 19 May 1934), the spouse's name, the son's name, her parents and siblings.   

I had Ethel (Van Vliet) Seaver (1892-1934) in my RootsMagic database.  She married Horace Seaver (1887-1945) in about 1920 in California, and they had one child:

*  John Van Vliet Seaver (1922-2006), married about 1948 Jean Northington (1929-2009).

Horace Seaver is my 8th cousin, 2 times removed.  The common ancestors are Robert Seaver (1608-1683) and Elizabeth Ballard (1616-1657).

There are over 9,000 Seaver "stories" in my family tree - and this was one of them.   Life happens, accidentally and intentionally, and some people die relatively young.  I am glad that I can honor Ethel (Van Vliet) Seaver today.  

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


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