Thursday, December 2, 2021

Seavers in the News - Mrs. Edith Seaver Dies in 1959 in Woodstock, 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 Rutland [Vt.] Daily Herald newspaper dated 12 March 1959:

The transcription of the article is:


"Woodstock -- Services for Mrs. Edith Duel Seaver, who died Tuesday, will be held Friday at 2:30 p.m. in the Woodstock Universalist Church, the Rev. Mounir Saa'dah officiating.  Burial will be in Taftsville.

"Mrs. Seaver was born Oct. 20, 1887, in Granville, N.Y.

"She leaves her husband, Maurice Seaver; four sons, Lt. Col. Philip R. Seaver of Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Md., Maj. Owen L. Seaver of Mt. Clemens, Mich., Charles D. Seaver of Syracuse, N.Y., and Capt. Maurice E. Seaver of Mesa, Ariz.; 12 grandchildren; a sister, Miss Laura Duel of Brooklyn; and a brother, Leon Duel of Hartford, N.Y.

"The family has requested that in lieu of flowers contributions be made to the Ottauquechee Health Center Inc. of Woodstock."

The source citation is:

"Mrs. Edith Seaver,Rutland [Vt.] Daily Herald  newspaper, Thursday, 12 March 1959, page 7, column 5, Edith Duel Seaver obituary;   ( : accessed 2 December  2021).

This obituary provides the name, birth date and place, death date and place, children names, spouse's name, but no occupation or associations.

Edith Mary Duel was born 20 October 1887 in Granville, New York, the daughter of Charles H. and Caroline Elizabeth (Parsons) Duel.  She died 10 March 1959, probably in Woodstock, Vermont.  She married Maurice Elmer Seaver (1887-1959) on 29 January 1914 in Proctor, Vermont.  They had five children:

*  Irene Marjorie Seaver (1914-1918)
*  Philip Randal Seaver (1917-1992), married 1944 Mary Key Fullerton (1916-1992)
*  Owen L. Seaver (1919-1978), married 1943 Enith Blodget (1921-2017).
*  Charles Duel Seaver (1925-2005), married 1948 Catharine Anne Clark (1926-2008).
*  Maurice Elmer Seaver (1928-1997), married Lenore Jean Miller (1934-????)

Maurice Elmer Seaver (1887-1959) is my 6th cousin 3 times removed.  Our common Seaver ancestor is 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's obituary has fairly complete family information. I am glad that I can honor Edith Mary (Duel) 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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