Thursday, July 29, 2021

Seavers in the News - Byron D. Seaver Dies in 1954 in Sacramento, California

  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 Pomona [Calif.] Progress Bulletin newspaper dated 23 October 1954:

The transcription of the article is:

"Byron D. Seaver, Son of Pioneer Local Banker, Dies

"Byron D. Seaver, 69-year-old Los Angeles attorney who was the son of a pioneer Pomona banker and land developer passed away in his sleep last Wednesday in Sacramento where he had stopped overnight while on a trip.  His remains will arrive in Pomona tonight for graveside services in Pomona Cemetery Monday at 1:30 p.m. with the Rev. Ray Holder, rector of St. John's Episcopal Church Los Angeles, presiding.

"Altho Mr. Seaver had maintained a law practice in Los Angeles for the past 30 years, he always maintained his legal residence at the family home at 143 E. Holt Ave. in Pomona,  Mr. Seaver was born July 10, 1885, in Claremont, the son of he late Mr. and Mrs. Carlton Seaver, who came to Pomona in 1884.  His father, who was the first president of he First National Bank of Pomona, passed away in 1927.  His bother, who was one of the charter members of Pomona Ebell Club, passed away at 93 last January 3.

"Byron Seaver attended Pomona schools and was graduated from Pomona College in 1908.  He also was graduated from Harvard Law School.

" He leaves his widow, Mrs. Mary L. Seaver; a son, Richard Seaver of Los Angeles; three daughters, Mrs. Mary Lee Wade of San Jose; Mrs. Barbara Gardner of Bakersfield, Miss Joan Seaver of New York City; a brother, Frank R. Seaver of Los Angeles; and three sisters, Mrs. Georgia Seaver Thomas and Miss Marguerite Seaver, both of Los Angeles; and Miss Nila Seaver of Pomona.  There are nine grandchildren.  Todd Memorial Chapel is in charge of funeral arrangements."

The source citation is:

"Byron D. Seaver, Son of Pioneer Local Banker, Dies,The Pomona Progress Bulletin newspaper, Saturday, 23 October 1954, page 17, column 3, Byron D. Seaver obituary;   ( : accessed 29 July 2021).

This obituary provides the name, birth date and place, death date and place, parents names, spouse's name, siblings names and children names, plus some information about occupation and associations.

Byron dick Seaver (1885-1954) was born 10 July 1885 in Pomona, California, the son of Carlton and Mary Estella (Samuels) Seaver.  He died 20 October 1954 in Sacramento, California.  He married 3 September 1921 Mary Louise Schmidt (1890-1974) on in Los Angeles, California.  They had four children:

*  Richard Carlton Seaver (1922-2007), married 1946 Sallie Suzanne Tiernan (1923-2004)
*  Mary Lee Seaver (1924-2011), married Jeptha Alan Wade (1922-2015).
*  Barbara Seaver (1925-1993), married 1950 John Howard Gardner (1923-2013).
*  Joan Seaver (1929-????), married 1960 John Tower McAllister (1909-1974).

I am a 4th cousin four times removed to Byron dick Seaver  Our common Seaver ancestor is my 7th great-grandfather Joseph Seaver (1672-1754) of Framingham, 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 is the son of a famous person. I am glad that I can honor Byron Dick 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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