Thursday, June 17, 2021

Seavers In The News -- Robert W. Seaver Dies in Lebanon, N.H. in 1953

 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 Rutland [Vt.] Daily Herald newspaper dated 10 September 1953:

The transcription of the article is:

"WHITE RIVER JUNCTION, Sept. 9.--Services for Robert W. Seaver, 80, of Quechee, were held Monday at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Forrest Adams, in White River Junction.

"Mr. Seaver died Saturday at the Lebanon, N.H. hospital after a long illness.

"He was born in Quechee May 24, 1873.  In 1901, he married Alice Leach, who died 23 years ago.

"Mr. Seaver is survived by his three children, Mrs. Adams and Mrs. Alden Twiss both of White River Junction, and Richard, who lives on the farm in Quechee; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and a brother, James T. Seaver of Bronxville, N.Y.

"Mr. Seaver lived in Massachusetts and New York before moving back to Quechee in 1915, where he farmed for the remainder of his life.  He was a member of the Quechee Congregational Church.

"The Rev. G.E. Mossinan of West Lebanon, N.H., Congreagational Church conducted the service.  Burial was in Quechee Cemetery.

"Bearers were three grandsons, Conrad F. Adams, Leon Adams and A. Robert Twiss, and a nephew, Howard H. Austin."

The source citation is:

"Robert W. Seaver Rites,Rutland [Vt.] Daily Herald newspaper, Thursday, 10 September 1953, page 10, column 5, Robert W. Seaver obituary;   ( : accessed 17 June 2021).

This obituary provides a name, a birth date and place, an age, a death date and place, the names of his deceased wife, children and pallbearers, a residence, an occupation, and religious association, but without parents names, or any other associations.

Robert William Seaver (1873-1953) was born 24 May 1873 in Hartford, Windsor County, Vermont, the son of Richard Adam and Eliza Maria (Barber) Seaver.  He married Alice Louise Leach (1874-1930) on 17 April 1901 in Hartford, Vermont.  They had four children:

*  female Seaver (1902-1902).
*  Edith Rachel Seaver (1904-1997), married 1924 Forrest Loren Adams (1903-1975).
*  Grace Dorothy Seaver (1905-1997), married 1924 Alden Benjamin Twiss (1885-1967).
*  Richard Leach Seaver (1907-1988).

I am a 6th cousin 3 times removed to Robert William Seaver.  Our common Seaver ancestor is my 8th great-grandfather Shubael Seaver (1640-1730) of Roxbury, 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 fairly quiet life as a farmer. I am glad that I can honor Robert William 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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