Thursday, January 14, 2021

Seavers in the News -- Virginia Seaver Dies in Chico, California in 1947

 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 Chico [Calif.] Enterprise newspaper dated 15 January 1947:

The transcription of the article is:

"Virginia Seaver, Pioneer Chican, Taken By Death

"Virginia B. Seaver, 80, a resident of Chico for 50 years and the last of a family of 14 children, died last night at her home, 198 East Eleventh Street after an illness of nine weeks.

"Mrs. Seaver suffered a broken hip nine weeks ago and had been confined to her bed since that time.

"Born in Richmond, Virginia, August 11, 1866, Mrs. Seaver moved to Colusa county 60 years ago.  She later moved to Chico where she and her husband farmed on Long Lane.

"She married John H. Seaver November 8, 1889.

"In addition to her husband, Mrs. Seaver is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Anna Sutton and Mrs. Emma Huff, both of Chico; three sons, Henry Seaver, Modesto, George Seaver, Stockton and Frank Seaver, Chico; and by four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

"Funeral services will be held at 2 o'clock Friday afternoon, January 17, 1947, at the Brusie Funeral Home."

The source citation is:

"Virginia Seaver, Pioneer Chican, Taken by DeathChico [Calif.] Enterprise newspaper, obituary, Wednesday, 15 January 1947, page 1, column 4, Virginia B. Seaver obituary;   ( : accessed 14 January 2021).

This death notice provides a birth date and place, an approximate death date, the names of her spouse,  children, a marriage date when she came to California, what she did in her life, but not her maiden name or parents names.

Virginia B. Putney was born 11 August 1866 in Richmond, Virginia, the daughter of William Robert and Lucy Jane (Burress) Putney.  She married John Henry Seaver (1963-1949) on 8 November 1889 in Colusa County, California.  They had six children:

*  Charles Franklin Seaver (1890-1954), married about 1940 Gladys Jones (1897-1963).
*  Anna May Seaver (1892-????), married (1) 1916 Stephen Layton Owen (1885-1959), (2) Holman B. Sutton.
*  Emma Odesa Seaver (1893-1977), married Thomas Adsil Huff (1888-1961).
*  Minnie B. Seaver (1896-1902).
*  Henry John Seaver (1900-1974).
*  George William Seaver (1902-1965), married about 1921 Gladys Shanks (1903-1942).

John Henry Seaver is my 4th cousin 3 times removed, with common Seaver ancestors of   my 6th great-grandparents Robert and Eunice (Rayment) Seaver.  

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 woman lives her life surrounded by family and dies after a fall. I am glad that I can honor Virginia B. (Putney) 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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