Thursday, September 2, 2021

Seavers in the News - Joseph H. Seaver Dies in 1956 in Twin Falls, Idaho

  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 The Salt Lake [Utah] Tribune newspaper dated 11 May 1956:

The transcription of the article is:

"Death Takes Pioneer
Special to The Tribune

"TWIN FALLS, IDAHO -- Joseph H. Seaver, 87, pioneer Twin Falls businessman and former state senator, died Thursday morning at his home in Twin Falls after an illness.

"Surviving are his widow, two sons, Joseph H. Jr. and William Seaver, and two grandchildren.

"Funeral services will be conducted Saturday at 10:30 a.m."

The source citation is:

"Death Take Pioneer,The Salt Lake [Utah] Tribune newspaper, Friday, 11 May 1956, page 48, column 1, Joseph H. Seaver obituary;   ( : accessed 2 September  2021).

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

Joseph Henry Seaver (1868-1956) was born 17 September 1868 in Woodstock, Vermont, the son of Joseph Henry and Ella Grace (Smith) Seaver.  He died 10 May 1956 in Twin Falls.  He married Ella Grace Smith (1875-1964) on 14 November 1899 in Boston, Massachusetts.  They had three children:

*  William Howe Seaver (1902-1989).
*  Joseph Henry Seaver (1906-1978), married 1935 Ruth Bellville (1900-1984).
*  Ruth Seaver (1909-1911). 

I am a 6th cousin three times removed to Joseph Henry Seaver.  Our common Seaver ancestor is my 8th great-grandfather Shubael Seaver (1640-1730) 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 an obituary with very few details. I am glad that I can honor Joseph Henry 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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