Thursday, November 26, 2020

Seavers in the News -- Pansy H. (Schwartz) Seaver Dies in 1945 in Brattleboro, Vt.

  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 The Brattleboro [Vt.] Reformer newspaper dated 13 November 1945:

The transcription of the article is:

Mother of Mrs. Ralph Dutton Had Lived Here Six Years

"Mrs. Pansy H. (Schwartz) Seaver, wife of Harry E. Seaver of 48 Western avenue, died Sunday morning.

"She was born in Scranton, Penn., Aug. 6, 1885, the daughter of Elwood P. and Harriet (McGargle) Schwartz and had formerly lived in Springfield, Mass. before moving to Brattleboro six years ago.  Besides her husband, she leaves two daughters, Mrs. Ralph F. Dutton of Chesterfield, N.H., and Mrs. Elliot A. Wood of Springfield, Mass.; three sons, David W. Parker of Chesterfield, N.H., George W. Parker of Springfield, Mass., and John B. Parker, Ph.M. 1/c U./S. Navy; two brothers, Hubert and Fay Schwartz both of West Springfield, Mass.; four sisters, Mrs. Ernest C. Holt, Mrs. Alonzo Jones and Mrs. Editha Bardwell all of Springfield, Mass., and Mrs. Edward Allen of Dayton, Ohio; and seven grandchildren.

"Mrs. Seaver was a member of Centre Congregational church and of the Brattleboro Grange.  The funeral will be held in Springfield, Mass., at the parlors of the Dickinson-Streeter company, 305 State street, Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock with an organ prelude at 1:30.

"Rev. Edward C. Dahl will go to Springfield, Mass., to officiate and the interment will be in Oak Grove cemetery, Springfield, Mass.  Friends were invited to visit at the Funeral home here Tuesday evening."

The source citation is:

""Mrs. H.E. Seaver Dies," The Brattleboro [Vt.] Reformer newspaper, obituary, Thursday, 13 November 1945, page 4, column 6, Pansy H. (Schwartz) Seaver obituary;   ( : accessed 26 November 2020).

This obituary provides a full maiden name and married name, no age, a birth date, a birth place, an implied death date, a death place, no cause of death, and the names of her parents, spouse, children and siblings.  

Pansy Helene Schwartz (1885-1945) married, as her second husband, Harry Ernest Seaver (1881-1956), the son of John S. and Evaline (Baker) Seaver, in 1933 in Springfield, Mass. She was married first to Walter David Parker (1883-1927), by whom she had five children.  She and Harry Seaver had no children together.

I am a 5th cousin 3 times removed to Harry Ernest Seaver, with the common ancestors being Robert and Elizabeth (Ballard) Seaver, the immigrants in 1634 to Boston, Massachusetts.

There are over 10,000 Seaver "stories" in my family tree - and this was one of them.   Life happens, accidentally and intentionally, and sometimes a person is widowed at a relatively young age, and marries again and lives a full life thereafter. I am glad that I can honor Pansy (Swartz) (Parker) 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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