Thursday, August 13, 2020

Seavers in The News - Miss Cora J. Seaver Dies in Hartford in 1940

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 Hartford [Conn.] Courant newspaper dated 18 November 1940:

The transcription of the article is:

"Miss Cora J. Seaver, 75, Retired Teacher, Dies

"Miss Cora J. Seaver, 75, of 427 Main Street, formerly of rocky Hill and a retired schoolteacher, died Sunday morning at her home after a long illness.  She was a teacher at the New Park Avenue School for 48 years, retiring in 1933.  She was a member of the First Congregational Church of Rocky Hill and the Ladies Benevolent society,  Miss Seaver leaves several cousins, among them James C. Bowers, with whom she made her home.  The funeral will be held at the Marchant Funeral Home, 530 Farmington Avenue, Tuesday at 3:30 p.m.  Rev. E.M. Bussey will officiate and burial will be in Old North Cemetery."

The source citation is:

"Miss Cora J. Seaver, 75, Retired Teacher, Dies," Hartford [Conn.] Courant newspaper, obituary, Monday, 18 November 1940, page 4, column 6, Cora J. Seaver obituary;   ( : accessed 13 August 2020).

This obituary provides a death date, a death place, an age, a cousin's name, a home address, and an occupation.

Cora Julia Seaver (1865-1940) was born 28 July 1865 in Hartford, the daughter of Heber W. and Julia A. (Goodman) Seaver.  She had two brothers, Frederick A. Seaver (1863-1927) and William Abner Seaver (1867-1933) who never married.  The cousin named, James C. Bowers, is probably related on her mother's side of the family.

Cora Julia Seaver is my 7th cousin 3 times removed, with the common Seaver ancestor being the immigrant, 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 for their entire 48 year career.  I am glad that I can honor my distant cousin Cora J. Seaver today.  

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


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