Thursday, February 18, 2021

Seavers In the News -- Orrin D. Seaver Dies in 1955 in Akron, Ohio

  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 Akron [Ohio] Beacon Journal newspaper dated 19 May 1955:

The transcription of the article is:


"Orrin D., 79 years, 333 Catawba av., passed away May 17 at St. Thomas Hospital.  Survived by his wife, Clara, at home; son, Dolson of Akron; also a son, Earl of Akron; daughters, Mrs. Neva Jobes and Mrs. Darma McCormish, both of Akron; sisters, Carrie Kollert, Nellie Tripp. Myrtle Gordon, all of Barberton; Blanche Flickinger of Cuyahoga Falls; 11 grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.  Friends may call at the Schermesser Funeral Home after 7 p.m. Thursday, where services will be held Saturday, 1:30 p.m., Dr. Fred C. Wiegman officiating.  Interment Rose Hill (Schermesser, PA-4-5818)."

The source citation is:

"Seaver,The Akron [Ohio] Beacon Journal newspaper, obituary, Thursday, 19 May 1948, page 52, column 3, Orrin D. Seaver obituary;   ( : accessed 18 February 2021).

This obituary provides a death date and place, an age, a home address, spouse, children and sibling names, but nothing about his birth date and place, parents, occupation, associations or interests. 

Orrin Dalson Seaver (1875-1955) was born 19 December 1875 in Doylestown, Ohio, the son of Christopher Albert and Susan A. (Schafer) Seaver.  He married (1) Jennie Hannah Hites (1876-????) on 28 April 1897 in Akron, Ohio.  They had three children:

*  Neva Gertrude Seaver (1897-1983), married Kenneth Stanley Jobes (1896-1972) in 1918.
*  Earl Franklin Seaver (1899-1980), married Augusta Wilhelmina Kramer (1900-1989) in 1920.
*  Darma Ruth Seaver (1906-1993), married Vincent E. McCormish (1903-2000) in 1929.

Orrin married (2) Clara Elizabeth Spristersbach (1887-????) on 2 May 1918 in Akron.  They had one child:

*  Dalson Luther Seaver (1925-2013), married Mildred R. DeWeese (1924-2009) in 1944.

I doubt that I am related to Orrin D. Seaver through his Seaver line, since he is descended from Christian Seaver (1804-1883) of Lancaster, Pennsylvania - I don't know the names of Christian's parents, but doubt that they are descended from Robert Seaver (1609-1683) of 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 lives a full life and has an extensive family. I am glad that I can honor Orrin Dalson 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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