Thursday, January 27, 2022

Seavers in the News -- Edward Seaver (1878-1962) Dies in Duxbury, Mass. in 1962

 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 Boston [Mass.] Globe newspaper dated 7 November 1962:

The transcription of the article is:

"Private Services on Monday for Edward Seaver

"Private services will be held for Edward Seaver, 83, former chairman of the Needham School Committee who died Monday at his home on King Caesar rd., Duxbury.

"  Mr. Seaver was in charge of installation of Needham's first sewer system, and he was a member of the Dwight School building committee.  He was founder of the Needham Taxpayers' Assn.

"He was born in Roxbury, lived in Needham 30 years before moving to Duxbury.

"He was a 1901 graduate of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and was one of the designers of the first steam turbine while working for the Westinghouse Corp. in Pittsburgh.

"He leaves a wife Grace (Whitmore); and a son, Russell W. Seaver, both of Duxbury."

The source citation is:

"Private Services on Monday for Edward SeaverThe Boston [Mass.] Globe newspaper, Wednesday, 7 November 1962, page 23, column 8, Edward Seaver obituary;   ( : accessed 27 January 2022).

This obituary provides the name, age, birthplace, spouse's name, child name, death date and place, education, an occupation, places of work, a residence, accomplishments, and some association information.  

Edward Seaver (1878-1962) was born 18 November 1878 in Boston, Mass., the son of Edward and Mary Kate (Russell) Seaver.  He married Grace Ambrose Whitmore (1881-1966) on 11 June 1907 in Boston.  They had two children:

*  Russell Whitmore Seaver (1908-1988), married (1) 1935 Jane Elizabeth Bell (1916-1980); (2) 1942 Alice Virginia Dadmun (1911-1993).
*  Margaret E. Seaver (1911-1911).

Edward Seaver (1878-1962) is my 6th cousin 4x removed.  Our common Seaver ancestor is my 9th great-grandfather Robert Seaver (1608-1683).

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 accomplished good things for his community.  I am glad that I can honor Edward 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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