Thursday, July 30, 2020

Seavers in The News - Augustus Seaver Dies in 1938 in Boston

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 Boston [Mass.] Globe newspaper dated 24 November 1938:

The transcription of the article is:

"Augustus Seaver Dies in City Hospital

"Augustus Seaver, 63, a former printer and member of Typographical Union, Local 13, died yesterday at the City hospital.  He was former secretary of Mayor Malcolm g. Nichols and also had served as president of the Citizens Club of Suffolk county.

"He was born in Milford and was graduated from Boston English High School and a private preparatory school.  He then became foreman in a Cambridge factory.  Later he became a traveling salesman, a labor editor of a Boston newspaper and editor of a labor publication called The Wage Earner.

"He advocated a Labor party in Massachusetts and became a candidate for governor in 1911 on a Labor ticket.  Under the Nichols administration he was also director of the city employment bureau.  In 1914 he ran unsuccessfully for the City Council.

"A solemn high mass of requiem will be celebrated at the Immaculate Conception Church, Harrison av., Saturday morning.  Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery."

The source citation is:

"Augustus Seaver Dies in City Hospital," Boston [Mass.] Globe newspaper, death notice, Thursday, 24 November 1938, page 23, column 6, Augustus Seaver obituary;   ( : accessed 30 July 2020).

This obituary provides a death date, a death place, plus information about his education, employment, politics and religion.  It says nothing about parents, siblings, spouse and children or relatives.  I did not have a death date for Augustus Seaver.

Augustus Seaver (1875-1938) was born in Milford, Massachusetts, the son of Augustus and Marian Chapin (Thayer) Seaver of Cambridge.  He married Mary Agnes Butler (1881-1935) in 1901 in Canton, Massachusetts.  They had no children.  Augustus had two siblings who died young.

I am a 7th cousin 3 times removed to Augustus Seaver (1875-1938).  Our common Seaver ancestor is Robert Seaver (1608-1683) of Roxbury, Massachusetts.

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 serve their community and don't have many close relatives.  I am glad that I can honor Augustus Seaver today.  

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


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