Thursday, December 17, 2020

Seavers in the News -- John R. Seaver Dies in 1910 in Montpelier, Vermont

 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 Montpelier [Vt.] Morning Journal newspaper dated 22 March 1910:

The transcription of the article is:

"John R. Seaver Dead.

John Ryland Seaver died Sunday at his home on Charles street following an illness of years with locomotor ataxia.  Mr. Seaver was 79 years of age, a native of Washington, the son of Alvin and Amanda Farnham Seaver.

"He spent his early life in Williamstown and married in 1856 Fanny F. Burnham and one child by this union survives him, Harry W. Seaver of Roxbury, Mass.  Forty-five years ago he moved to this city, in which he has since resided.  December 4, 1867, he married Mrs. Ellen M. Eaton, who survives him.  He leaves two brothers, James R. Seaver and Olney F. both of Williamstown.

"The funeral will be held Wednesday morning at 10:30 o'clock from the house, 13 Charles street, Rev. W.R. Clark and Dr. J.E. Wright officiating.  Burial will be in Williamstown."

The source citation is:

"John R. Seaver Dead,Montpelier [Vt.] Morning Journal newspaper, obituary, Tuesday, 22 March 1910, page 2, column 5, John R. Seaver obituary;   ( : accessed 17 December 2020).

This obituary provides the name, age, implied death date and place, a cause of death, a burial place, and the names of his parents, his two spouses, and a son. It does not provide a birth date, an occupation, work history, or community activities.  

John Ryland Seaver was born 21 February 1831 in Williamstown, Vermont, the son of Alvin and Amanda (Farnham) Seaver.  He married (1) Fanny Flavilla Burnham (1837-1862) on 17 February 1856 in Barre, Vermont.  They had one child:

*  Henry Wendell Seaver (1859-1942), married (1) 1886 Cora Parrey (1865-1902); (2) 1894 Anne M. Thiessen (1870-1913); (3) 1914 Hanna S. Worthen (1870-????).

John Ryland Seaver married married (2) Ellen M. (Chase) Eaton (1839-1910) on 4 December 1867 in Montpelier, Vermont.  They had no children.

John Ryland Seaver is my 6th cousin 4 times removed, with common Seaver ancestors of Robert Seaver (1608-1683) and Elzabeth Ballard (1613-1657) of Roxbury, Mass.

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 suffers an illness for years before death. I am glad that I can honor John Ryland 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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