Thursday, August 19, 2021

Seavers in the News - William Earl Seaver Dies in 1955 in Los Angeles, 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 Kokomo [Ind.] Tribune newspaper dated 2 March 1955:

The transcription of the article is:


"William Earl Seaver, 80, former Clay Township trustee, died Tuesday at Los Angeles, Calif., where he had lived the last four years, at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Mazie Davis.  He had been in good health an death came unexpectedly.

"Mr. Seaver was born June 7, 1874, in Switzerland County, Ind., the son of Greenberg and Madaline (Douglas) Seaver.  He came to Howard County as a young man and spent most of his life farming in Clay township, retiring 0 years ago.  For 16 years he served as trustee of Clay Township.

"In 1897 he married Miss Cora Lenora Bell.  She survives with one son, Edgar Seaver of Kokomo and two daughters, Mrs. Mary Kerschner of El Paso, Tex., and Mrs. Davies at whose home he died.

"He leaves three grandchildren, one great grandchild, a brother, Jake Seaver of Reynolds, Ill., and several nephews and nieces.

"The body will be returned to Kokomo and funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at the Fenn Funeral Home.  Friends may call there after 6 p.m. Thursday.  Burial will be in the Galveston Cemetery."

The source citation is:

"William Earl Seaver,The Kokomo [Ind.] Tribune newspaper, Wednesday, 2 March 1955, page 30, column 4, William Earl Seaver obituary;   ( : accessed 19 August 2021).

This obituary provides the name, death date and place, birth date and place, parents names, spouse's name, children's names and siblings names, plus limited information about his life's work.

William Earl Seaver (1874-1955) was born on 7 June 1874 in Patriot, Switzerland County, Indiana, the son of Greenberry McKinsey and Madeline (Douglas) Seaver.  He died 1 March 1955 in Los Angeles.  He married Cora Lenore Bell (1872-1961) on 10 April 1897 in Kokomo, Howard County, Indiana.  They had three children:

*  Mazie Bell Seaver (1898-1987), married 1920 Harry A. Davies (1895-1953).
*  Mary Madeline Seaver (1906-1994), married (1) 1928 Lester Quinton Harness (1901-1949); (2) Richard Ernest Kerschner (1904-1971).
*  Edgar Earl Seaver (1909-1997), married 1947 Lela May Long (1918-1987).

I am not related, as far as I know, to William Earl Seaver.  His Seaver line goes back to German immigrant Henry Seaver (1743-1810), who settled in Virginia in about 1770.

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 lifetime of working hard and serving his community. I am glad that I can honor William Earl 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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