Thursday, July 9, 2020

Seavers in the News -- George W. Seaver Dies at Age 92 in Scott County, Indiana

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 Scott County Journal [Scottsburg, Ind.] newspaper dated 28 April 1937:

The transcription of the article is:

"George W. Seaver Dead

"George W. Seaver died at the home of his son, Dewey Seaver, Friday, in Jennings township, aged 92 years.

"He served through the Civil War in the Union army, having enlisted at the age of 18 years.  He was with Sherman on his march to the sea.  He lived in Saluda township, and for many years conducted a "store boat," at Saluda landing on the Ohio river.  Later he moved to Scott county, and engaged extensively in the raising of fruit, and was an expert in that line.

"Besides his widow, Mrs. Rosa Seaver, he is survived by six sons, Charles, of Scottsburg; Arthur, of Crothersville; Roy, of Indianapolis; Jesse, of San Francisco, Calif.; Dewey, of Austin; Paul, of Pittsburgh, Pa., and three daughters, Mrs. Mary Mount, of Indianapolis; Mrs. Maude Clifton, of Bedford, Ky., and Mrs. Ruth Browman, of Crystal Lake, Ill.  His death leaves but one Union soldier, Johnie Bennett, who is 3 years older than Mr. Seaver.

"He was a native of Kentucky, and enlisted in the army from Kentucky.

"The funeral and burial was at Wesley Chapel, Sunday evening."

The source citation is:

"George W. Seaver Dead," The Scott County Journal [Scottsburg, Ind.] newspaper, obituary, Wednesday, 28 April 1937, page 1, column 3, George W. Seaver obituary;   ( : accessed 9 July 2020).

This obituary provides a death date (implied 23 April 1937), a death place, an age, his spouse's name, his children's names, but no birth date or parents names.

I had George Washington Seaver (1844-1937) in my RootsMagic database,  He was born 27 March 1844 in Jennings, Indiana, the son of Daniel and Julia (Holcomb) Seaver.  He married (1) Sarah Elizabeth Fix (1849-1881) in 1866 in Clark County, Indiana.  They had three children:

*  Mary Seaver (1869-1939), married John William Mount (1859-1936).
*  Fannie Seaver (1872-1917), married 1889 Alvin Louis Ogle (1867-1957).
*  Maud Seaver (1875-1963), married 1895 Charles William Clifford (1849-1931).

He married (2) Rosala Foster (1865-1944) in 1881 in Jennings, Indiana.  They had 12 children:

*  Oliver Seaver (1882-1899).
*  Clara Seaver (1883-1885).
*  Charles C. Seaver (1884-1963), married 1910 Nola Jane Morgan (1893-1966).
*  Arthur Francis Seaver (1885-1964), married 1907 Fern Foster (1889-1971).
*  Roy James Seaver (1887-1971), married 1909 Hettie Florence Warman (1889-1957).
*  George Seaver (1889-1893).
*  Jesse Montgomery Seaver (1890-1975), married (1) 1917 Margaret Blanche Marlowe (1898-????), and (2) 1939 Mary Elizabeth Bottoms (1902-1977).
*  Leslie Foster Seaver (1892-1932), married (1) 1911 Ora Alta Cooley (1892-1918),and (2) 1919 Barbara Anastasia Dempsey (1895-1987).
*  Sylvia May Seaver (1895-1897).
*  Ruth Alice Seaver (1903-1983), married 1922 Charles Cecil Burroughs Rafferty (1901-1943).
*  Dewey Addison Seaver (1905-1997), married 1933 Lelia Mae Hill (1913-1987).
*  Paul Revere Seaver (1906-1996), married 1928 Beulah McClain (1907-1986).

His son, Jesse Montgomery Seaver (1890-1975), was a genealogist and author of many family history books.  See Jesse Montgomery Seaver Genealogies.

I am probably not related to George Washington Seaver - his father Daniel Seaver (1801-1869) was probably born in New York, but has no known parents.  Jesse Montgomery Seaver could not figure it out either.

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 live a long time and have many children.  I am glad that I can honor George Washington 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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