Thursday, July 23, 2020

Seavers in The News - Isaac S. Seaver Dies in Detroit in 1937

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 Detroit [Mich.] Free Press newspaper dated 30 May 1937:

The transcription of the article is:

"Isaac S. Seaver

"Mr. Seaver, one-time merchant of Pompeii, Mich., and former judge and banker at Ithaca, Mich., died Saturday at Woman's hospital after an illness of two weeks.

"Born in Clinton County 84 years ago, Mr. Seaver spent most of his life in Gratiot County.  For 50 years he was in business at Pompeii.  He was judge of probate for Gratiot County for 12 years and president of the Ithaca National Bank 25 years.  He moved to Detroit five years ago and lived at 1312 Seward Ave.  He was a member of the Metropolitan Methodist Church here.

"Surviving are five children, Mrs. Warren A. Stahl, Mrs. Loren Baylis, Bert, Elizabeth and Meryl Seaver.  Funeral services will be held in the M.E. Church in Ithaca at 3 p.m. Wednesday."

The source citation is:

"Isaac S. Seaver," Detroit [Mich.] Free Press newspaper, obituary, Sunday, 30 May 1937, page 7, column 1, Isaac S. Seaver obituary;   ( : accessed 23 July 2020).

This obituary provides a death date, a death place, an age, an anniversary date, and the name of five children, but not his wife's name or the location of the children.

Isaac Shoemaker Seaver (1852-1937) was the son of Thomas Weisner and Elizabeth C. (Bushnell) Seaver.  He married (1) Mary Ann McReynolds (1857-1880) in 1878, and they had one daughter:

*  Ethel M. Seaver (1880-1904).

Isaac married (2) Jennie McReynolds (1861-1935) in 1881 (Jennie was Mary Ann's sister) and they had five children:

*  Carrie Luella Seaver (1883-1975), married Warren Albert Stahl (1887-1962) in 1909.
*  Mattie Elizabeth Seaver (1884-1975), married Loren Monroe Baylis (1894-1971) in about 1920.
*  Milo Bert Seaver (1887-1978), married Gertrude Fannie Lewis (1888-1973) in 1909.
*  Elizabeth F. "Bessie" Seaver (1889-1970.
*  Lora Merle Seaver (1891-1976).

I am a 4th cousin 4 times removed to Isaac Shoemaker Seaver (1868-1945).  Our common Seaver ancestor is Joseph Seaver (1672-1754) of Sudbury, 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 live a long time  and serve their community  I am glad that I can honor Isaac Shoemaker 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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1 comment:

Marshall said...

Wow - Almost a connection there! I'm sure your cousin knew my cousin.

John Montigel was the mayor of Alma from 1911-1913 (the largest city in Gratiot county, about 10 miles north of Pompeii), and he was married to Carrie Bradley, who was my great-grandmother's sister.