Thursday, July 22, 2021

Seavers in the News - Leon Clayton Seaver Dies in 1954 in Northfield, Vermont

  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 News and Advertiser [Northfield, Vt.] newspaper dated 19 August 1954:

The transcription of the article is:

"Death of Leon Seaver
"Leon Clayton Seaver, 57, longttime superintendent of the Cross Brothers granite plant, died at his home on School Street Sunday.  He had been in poor health for several years.

"Born in Williamstown on June 26, 1897, he was a son of Forrest Seaver and Eva (Metcalf) Seaver.  He married Ethel Warner on June 7, 1922, at Northfield.

"Survivors include his mother, Mrs. Eva Seaver of Williamstown; his wife, two sons, Ransel Seaver of San Diego, Calif., and Leslie Seaver of Northfield; and two grandchildren.  Also surviving are four brothers, Harold Seaver of Portland, Me., Earl Seaver of Middlesex, Guy Seaver of Williamstown, and Perley Seaver of Springfield, Mass.; and three sisters, Mrs. Lena Fish of Barrie, Mrs. Edna Hall of Northfield, and Mrs. Ila Casavant of Richford.

"The deceased was superintendent of Cross Brothers Co., Northfield granite plant, for 32 years.  He grew up in Williamstown and attended public schools there.  He came to Northfield about 1920.

"He was a member of the Odd Fellows, the G.C.I.A., and the Rebekah organization.  He was a past noble grand of the Odd Fellows and also served as secretary for a number of years.  He was a veteran of World War I.

"Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. from the Kingston and Morse Funeral Home.  Interment will be in Mt. Hope Cemetery."

The source citation is:

"Death of Leon Seaver," News and Advertiser [Northfield, Vt.] newspaper, Thursday, 19 August 1954, page 8, column 4, Leon Clayton Seaver obituary;   ( : accessed 22 July 2021).

This obituary provides the full name, parents' names, spouse's name, children's names, sibling names, birth date and place, marriage date and place, death date and place, burial information, and some information about his occupation and associations.  

Leon Clayton Seaver (1897-1954) was born 26 June 1897 in Williamstown, Vermont, the son of Forrest Clinton and Eva Estella (Metcalf) Seaver.  He died 15 August 1954 in Northfield, Vermont.  He married  Ethel Mary Warner (1896-1976) on 7 June 1922 in Northfield.  They had two children:

*  Ransil Leon Seaver (1924-2009), married 1946 Imogene P. Stoner (1925-????).
*  Leslie Gordon Seaver (1927-2012), married 1954 Patricia Pauline Rogers (1930-2020)

I am an 8th cousin two times removed to Carlton Seaver  Our common Seaver ancestor is my 9th great-grandfather Robert Seaver (1608-1683) 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's obituary is very complete! I am glad that I can honor Leon Clayton 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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