Thursday, November 5, 2020

Seavers in the News -- William Harold Seaver (1877-1944) Dies in New Hampshire

  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 Vermont Standard [ Woodstock, Vt.] newspaper dated 20 July 1944:

The transcription of the article is:

"William Harold Seaver

"Funeral services for William Harold Seaver, 67, of Taftsville were held Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock at his home.  Mr. Seaver died Monday at the Mary Hitchcock hospital in Hanover, N.H. of heart trouble.

"He was born on the Otis Hill Farm in Pomfret Feb. 15, 1876.  He moved to the present home in Taftsville in 1910. In 1912, Mr. Seaver married Miss Beulah Hall of Brooklyn, N.Y. To this union were born a son, William, of Bridgeport, Conn., and a daughter, Mrs. Hobart Paige, of Taftsville.

"Mr. Seaver was a well-known and loved farmer in the community for many years.  He was a prominent member in the Ottauquechee Grange, holding nearly every office in that organization during his long membership.

"He was also a member of the Masonic lodge for many years. He was always active in community life and for several years served a a school director.

"Besides his wife and children, Mr. Seaver leaves one sister, Mrs. Robert F. Dutton of Taftsville, and a grandson, Richard Paige.

"Services were conducted by the Rev. George A. Heald, rector of St. James Episcopal church in Woodstock.  Burial was in the Taftsville cemetery."

The source citation is:

"William Harold Seaver," Vermont Standard [Woodstock, Vt.] newspaper, obituary, Thursday, 20 July 1944, page 8, column 4, William Harold Seaver obituary;   ( : accessed 6 November 2020).

This obituary provides a full name, an age, a birth date, a death date, a death place, names of his spouse, children, grandchildren, sibling, his residence, his church affiliation, his occupation and community interests.

William Harold Seaver (1877-1944) was the son of William Harris Caroline Eliza (Cowdrey) Seaver of Pomfret, Vermont.  He married Beulah Gertrude Hall (1883-1975) on 18 June 1912 in Brooklyn, New York.  They had two children:

*  William Hosmer Seaver (1916-1974), who married Mary Elizabeth Nevin (1921-2006) in 1947 in Tucson, Arizona.
*  Ruth Sweet Seaver (1919-2003), who married Hobart Clark Paige (1922-1999) in 1942 in Woodstock, Vermont.

I am a 6th cousin 3 times removed to William Harold Seaver, with common Seaver ancestors of my 8th great-grandparents Shubael Seaver (1640-1730) and Hannah Wilson (1647-1722).

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 has a relatively short life and a full obituary.  I am glad that I can honor William Harold 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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