Thursday, August 26, 2021

Seavers in the News - Jesse Seaver Dies in Owego, New York in 1955

  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 Star-Gazette [Elmira, N.Y.] newspaper dated 16 May1955:

The transcription of the article is:

"Deaths Elsewhere
"Jesse Seaver, 81, of Owego Star Route 1, formerly of Endicott, Saturday, May 14, 1955, following a long illness.  He was a retired Endicott-Johnson employe.  Survived by daughter, Mrs. Rollin Laycock of Bloomsburg, Pa.; sons, Russell B. of Owego Star Route 1, Frederick J. of Tioga Center, Milo G. of Straits Corners, Lewis G. and Walter S. Seaver of Endicott; stepdaughters, Mrs. May Briggs of Binghamton and Mrs. Ruth O'Malley of Endicott; stepson, Robert Linker of Chicago, Ill.; half-brother Horton Seaver of Elmira; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  The body is at the Coleman & Daniels Funeral Home, 300 E. Main St., Endicott, where friends may call.  Funeral there Tuesday at 1 p.m., the Rev. Robert Rogers.  Riverhurst Cemetery, Endicott."

The source citation is:

"Deaths Elsewhere,Star-Gazette [Elmira, N.Y.] newspaper, Monday, 16 May 1955, page 12, column 3, Jesse Seaver obituary;   ( : accessed 26 August 2021).

This obituary provides the name, age, death date and place, children's names, a sibling name, plus limited information about his employment.

Jesse Bradley Seaver (1874-1955) was born on 28 December 1874 in Wellsville, New York, the son of Charles Lewis and Elvira Antoinette (Chalker) Seaver.  He died 14 May 1955 in Owego, New York.  He married (1) Edna Phoebe Brown (1875-1911) on 9 November 1896 in La Porte, Pennsylvania.  They had five children:

*  Russell Bradley Seaver (1897-1960), married 1916 Verdetta Esther O'Dell (1896-1981).
*  Frederick Jennings Seaver (1901-1983, married 1925 Freda Elizabeth Wage (1908-2005).
*  Milo G. Seaver (1905-1957), married 1925 Mildred L. Holland (1908-1980).
*  Lewis Glenn Seaver (1909-1987), married 1932 Bernice Christa Nelson (1913-2005).
*  Alice Seaver (1911-1992), married 1931 Roland C. Laycock (1907-1980).

He married (2) after 1911 Carrie Stewart (1885-1921).  They had one child:

*  Walter Stewart Seaver (1920-1999), married 1941 Marjorie Brozitis (1922-2002).  

He married (3) 1923 Elizabeth Thorp (1874-1949).  The had no children.

I am a 5th cousin three times removed to Jesse Bradley 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 has an obituary filled with family names. I am glad that I can honor Jesse 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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