Thursday, December 31, 2020

Seavers in the News -- Obituary of Undertaker George W. Seaver (1854-1946) of Marion, Virginia

 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 Times Dispatch [Richmond, Va.] newspaper dated 10 May 1946:

The transcription of the article is:

"George W. Seaver
MARION, May 9 -- George W. Seaver, 91, one of Marion's oldest citizens, died Tuesday in a local hospital.  Mr. Seaver retired in 1928 after being in the retail furniture and undertaking business for 54 years.  He was a member of First Methodist Church of Marion and is survived by two sons, William B. Seaver, of Marion, and George W. Seaver, Jr., of Princeton, W.Va.; one daughter, Mrs. M.M. Brown; and eight grandchildren.  Funeral rites were held Wednesday at Seaver Funeral Chapel.  Interment was in Round Hill Cemetery."

The source citation is:

"George W. Seaver,The Times Dispatch [Richmond, Va.] newspaper, obituary, Friday, 10 May 1946, page 29, column 1, George W. Seaver obituary;   ( : accessed 31 December 2020).

This death notice provides only an age, an approximate death date, his occupation, and the names of his three living children. There is no mention of parents or spouse names, or his daughter's given name.

George Watson Seaver (1854-1946) was born 9 December 1854 in Marion, Virginia, the son of William C. and Elizabeth Ann (Pruner) Seaver.  He married Seanah M. Painter (1876-1919) on 29 October 1896 in Sullivan County, Tennessee.  They had four children:

*  Maude Elizabeth Seaver (1897-1980), married about 1919 Dr. Malcolm Marvin Brown (1887-1948).
*  Marvin Wise Seaver (1900-1945), married 1930 Glenna Marene Sprinkle (1908-1993).
*  William Blaine Seaver (1902-1947), married 1935 Margaret Virginia Blackwell (1902-1969).
*  George Watson Seaver (1905-1959), married 1926 Mildred C. Tilson (1905-1995).

I am not related to George Watson Seaver since he is descended from Henry and Elizabeth (--?--) Seaver who migrated from Germany to Virginia in the 1760s.

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 man lives and works a long time, and has a mortuary named after him. I am glad that I can honor George Watson 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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