Thursday, August 12, 2021

Seavers in the News - Mrs. Iva B. Seaver Dies in Unity, Maine 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 Bangor [Maine] Daily News newspaper dated 29 June 1955:

The transcription of the article is:


"UNITY, June 28 -- Mrs. Iva B. Seaver, 61, died Monday evening.

"She was born in Troy, June 21, 1894, the daughter of Israel and Abbie (Carlton) Sone.  For the past three years she had resided in Unity.  Previous to that, she had lived in Troy.

"Mrs. Seaver is survived by two sons, Arthur and George Seaver of Unity; four daughters, Mrs. Bernice Howe, Mrs. Rita Sanborn, Mrs. Ruth Parson, all of Troy, and Mrs. Beatrice Gower of Benton;  two sisters, Mrs. Ethel Hillman, Unity, Mrs. Annie Durgan, West Harpswell; 20 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, one niece and one nephew.

"The remains are at the Donald H. Shorey Funeral Chapel, where friends may call Thursday from 2 to 4 o'clock and from 7 to 8 o'clock.

"Funeral services will be held Friday at 10 o'clock at the Troy Corner Church, the Rev. Lloyd Jewett of Unity officiating.

"Burial will be in the Rogers Cemetery."

The source citation is:

"Mrs. Iva B. Seaver,The Bangor [Me.] Daily News newspaper, Wednesday, 29 June 1955, page 21, column 2, Iva B. Seaver obituary;   ( : accessed 11 August 2021).

This obituary provides the married name, death date and place, birth date and place, parents names, children's names and siblings names, plus limited information about her residences.

Iva Belle Stone (1894-1955) was born on 2 June 1894 in Troy, Waldo County, Maine, the daughter of Israel and Abbie (Carlton) Stone.  She died 27 June 1955 in Unity, Maine.  She married Irvin Heber Seaver (1891-1941) on 21 September 1913 in Waldo County, Maine.  They had  seven children:

*  Edith Seaver (1914-1940).
*  Bernice G. Seaver (1918-1989), married 1934 Willis E. Howe (1912-2005).
*  Beatrice Goldia Seaver (1919-1973), married Paul Emil Beauchemin (1914-2000).
*  Reta Belle Seaver (1925-1990), married (1) 1941 Merton A Bennett (1919-1985); (2) 1946 William D. Sanborn (1927-1987); (3) 1965 Lorrie N. Gerry (1936-2012).
*  Arthur Andrew Seaver (1927-1997), married 1948 Betty Jean Boudreau (1929-2016).
*  Ruth Ellen Seaver (1928-2005), married William Roscoe Parsons (1915-1991).
*  George I. Seaver (1930-1978), married Mary E. Garnett (1928-2010).

I am an 8th cousin two times removed to Heber Irvin 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 has a large family and a sparse obituary I am glad that I can honor Iva B. (Stone) 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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