Thursday, March 17, 2022

Seavers in the News -- Perley J. Seaver Dies in Springfield, Mass. in 1963

 Here is this week's 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 Times-Argus [Barre, Vt.] newspaper dated 10 October 1963:

The transcription of the article is:

"Perley J. Seaver

"SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- Perley J. Seaver, 64, a former Williamstown, Vt., area resident, died as results of an auto accident this morning.   He was on his way home from duties as a night watchman at an area college.

"He was born in Williamstown Oct. 19, 1898, son of Forrest and Eva Seaver.  He attended area schools.

"His first wife, Jessie, is deceased.

"He married Florence Bliss of Springfield, Mass., Dec. 3, 1961.

"Mr. Seaver had lived many years in the Springfield area.

"He leaves his widow; a daughter, Patsy, Agawam, Mass.; two grandchildren; three sisters, Mrs. Lena Fish, Barre; Mrs. Perley Hall, Northfield; and Mrs. Ila Cassavant, Morrisville; three brothers, Harold Seaver, Pine Plains, N.Y.; Guy Seaver, Williamstown; and Earl Seaver, Middlesex, as well as nephews and nieces.

"Funeral services will be held Saturday at 3 p.m. at the Byron Funeral Home, Springfield, Mass., with burial in Springfield."

The source citation is:

"Perley J. Seaver,The Times Argus [Barre, Vt.] newspaper, Thursday, 10 October 1963, page 10, column 4, Perley J. Seaver obituary;   ( : accessed 17 March 2022).

This obituary covers the basics, birth, parents, spouses, children, and family relationships, plus a cause of death and a current occupation.  

Perley Julius Seaver (1898-1963) was born 19 October 1898 in Willismstown, Vermont, the son of Forrest Clinton and Eva Estella (Metcalf) Seaver.  He married (1) in about 1922 Jessie Eva Wicks (1891-1958) in Massachusetts; He married (2) 3 December 1961 Florence Bliss (????-????) in Springfield, Massachusetts. 

Perley and Eva (Metcalf) Seaver had one child:

*  Patricia Evelyn Seaver (1930-2008), married 1954 Michael E. Alexopoulos (1928-2018).

Perley Julius Seaver (1877-1969) is an 8th cousin 2 times removed to me.  Our common Seaver ancestor is 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 has an accident and dies suddenly.  I am glad that I can honor Perley Julius 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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