Thursday, May 26, 2022

Seavers in the News -- Charles H. Seaver (1880-1964) Dies in Poughkeepsie, New York

 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 Poughkeepsie [N.Y.] Journal newspaper dated 23 March 1964, page 18:

The transcription of the article is:

"Charles Seaver, 84, Former Book Editor  

" Charles H. Seaver, 84, a churchman and editor, died here on Saturday.  

"Mr. Seaver had been head of the textbook department of the Macmillan Company and book editor for the National Association of Manufacturers. He was a charter member of the department of church and economic life of the National Council of Churches and a permanent member of its policy committee. 

"Between 1952 and 1960 Mr. Seaver served as consulting editor for a council series on ethics and the economics of society.  

"A life-long member of the Congregational Christian Churches, he served their Council for Societal Action as a member of the international relations committee from 1944 to 1954. 

"Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Grace Kelley Seaver; two daughters, Mrs. William R. Perdue of Sands Point, L.I., and Mrs. James E. Russell of Washington, and five grandchildren."

The source citation is:

"Charles Seaver, 84, Former Book Editor," Poughkeepsie [N.Y.] Journal newspaper, Monday, 23 March 1964, page 18, column 5, Charles Seaver obituary;   ( : accessed 25 May 2022).

This obituary identifies his death date and place, living family members, occupation and accomplishments, and church association.

Charles Hill Seaver (1880-1964) was born 21 November 1880 in Wyoming, New York, the son of DeWitt Clinton and Catherine M. (Hill) Seaver.  He died 21 March 1964 in Poughkeepsie, New York.  He married to Grace Cushing Kelley (1890-1970) on 9 July 1914 in Wyoming, New York, and they had three children:

*  Robert Alden Seaver (1915-1922).
*  Ruth Loraine Seaver (1917-1990), married 1947 William Roscoe Purdue (1913-1998).
*  Jane Seaver (1920-1969), married 1942 James Earl Russell (1916-1975).

Charles Hill  Seaver (1880-1964) is a 4th cousin 4 times removed of mine.  Our most recent common Seaver ancestor is my 7th great-grandfather Joseph Seaver (1672-1754).

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 contributes to his profession and church in good ways  I am glad that I can honor Charles Hill 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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