Thursday, October 15, 2020

Seavers in the News -- George N. Seaver Dies in Delaware in 1943

 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 News Journal [Wilmington, Del.] newspaper dated 21 July 1943:

The transcription of the article is:

"George Seaver Dies in Hospital
Former Credit Manager Of
News-Journal Company Stricken Last Friday
"George N. Seaver, 69, of 1372 West Seventh Street, retired credit manager of the News-Journal Company, died shortly before noon today in The Memorial hospital.

"He was taken to the hospital last Friday after suffering a stroke at the Kent Hotel dining room.

"Mr. Seaver retired May 15, 1942 after 17 years in credit and collection work.  He served nine years as News-Journal credit manager, and eight years as assistant business manager of the Evening Journal.

"Coming to Wilmington from New England as a young man, he became a group leader of draftsmen at the Edge Moor office of the American Bridge Company, and was later associated with the late Charles H. Ten Weeges in the coal business before coming to the Evening Journal.

"Mr. Seaver, who has been a local resident about 50 years, was unmarried.  He is survived by a brother living in Waterbury, Conn.

"He was a member of Lafayette Lodge, No. 14, A.F.&A.M.; St. John's Commandery, No. 1, Knights Templar; the Delaware Shrine Club, Lulu Temple, A.&O.N.M.S. of Philadelphia; and a past high priest of St. John's Chapter, No. 4, R.A.M."

The source citation is:

"George Seaver Dies in Hospital," The News Journal [Wilmington, Del.] newspaper, obituary, Wednesday, 21 July 1943, page 3, column 1, George N. Seaver obituary;   ( : accessed 15 October 2020).

This obituary provides a name, a death date, a death place, an age, a cause of death,  his employment history, the fact he was unmarried, but no names of his parents or brother or other relatives.  I did not have his death date and place, or his cause of death, in my RootsMagic database.

George Newton Seaver was born 5 November 1873 in Templeton, Massachusetts, the son of John Holden and Laura Lucretia (Fiske) Seaver of Templeton.   George had a brother, John Dwight Seaver (1883-1969) who resided in Waterbury, Connecticut, but in 1943 he had other siblings still living - Henry Holden Seaver (1871-1949), Charles Adams Seaver (1879-1971), and Warren Luther Seaver (1886-1968).

George Newton Seaver (1873-1943) is my 4th cousin 2 times removed, with common Seaver ancestors of my 5th great-grandparents Norman and Sarah (Read) Seaver. 

There are over 9,500 Seaver "stories" in my family tree - and this was one of them.   Life happens, accidentally and intentionally, and sometimes a person leaves home and has no spouse or descendants.  I am glad that I can honor George Newton 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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