Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Seavers in the News -- Robert D. Seaver Dies in 1965 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 2 April 1965, page 38:

The transcription of the article is:

"Robert D. Seaver, 50, Operated Insecticide Firm

"Robert Devereaux Seaver, 50, of 13 Pine Tree Drive, Town of Poughkeepsie, died yesterday at Vassar Hospital after a long illness.  Mr. Seaver and his father, Henry Seaver, operated the Seaver Insecticide Co. in Overocker Road, Town of Poughkeepsie.

"Mr. Seaver had spent most of his life in the agricultural chemical business.  Before coming here in 1941, he was plant manager for the Micronizer Processing Co. in Morristown, N.J.  Since coming here, he had been in business with his father.

"The late Mr. Seaver was a former President of the Poughkeepsie Junior Chamber of Commerce, having served from 1941 to 1945.  He was a charter member of the Red Oaks Mill Fire Co., and a member of First Presbyterian Church.

"A native of New Jersey, Mr. Seaver was born on May 7, 1914, in Englishtown.  He attended Trinity Pawling School, of which his uncle, Dr. Frederick Gamage, was co-founder, and Erasmus Hall in Brooklyn.

"Survivors include his father, his mother, Mrs. Bertha Thackery Seaver; his wife, the former Marjorie Thurston; two children, Miss Priscilla Seaver, a student at Brockport Teachers College, and Thomas, a student at Ithaca College; and two sisters, Miss Barbara Seaver and Mrs. Marjorie Straup, city.

"Funeral services are scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday at the Auchmoody Funeral Home, 16 Grand Ave.  The Rev. Dr. Merle S. Irwin, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church, will officiate.  Friends may call at the funeral home from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. tomorrow."

The source citation is:

"Robert D. Seaver, 50, Operated Insecticide Firm," Poughkeepsie [N.Y.] Journal newspaper, Friday, 2 April 1965, page 38, column 3, Albert H. Seaver obituary; Newspapers.com   (https://www.newspapers.com : accessed 21 June 2022).

This obituary identifies his death date and place, parents names, birth date and place, occupation and accomplishments, associations, and living family members, 

Robert Devereaux Seaver was born 7 May 1914 in New Jersey, the son of Henry Blanchard and Bertha Ray (Thackeray) Seaver.  He married (1) Mary Emily Voigt on 21 September 1940 in Haddonfield, New Jersey.  He married (2) Marjorie Thurston before 1965.

He had two children, Priscilla and Thomas, probably by his first wife, since they are both in college in 1965.  I found no birth records for the children, or a death or divorce record for the first wife, and no marriage record for the second wife.  The 1950 U.S. census record for Robert D. Seaver shows him married to a Margaret Seaver.  Before this time, I had no information for the family members of Robert Devereaux Seaver.

Robert Devereaux Seaver (1914-1965) is a 9th cousin 1 time removed of mine.  Our most recent 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 has an interesting career and associations.  I am glad that I can honor Robert Devereaux 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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