Tuesday, December 27, 2022

Seavers in the News -- Fred Jay Seaver (1877-1970) Dies in Charlotte, N.C.

 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 Orlando [Fla.] Evening Star newspaper dated 23 December 1970, page 48:

The transcription of the article is:

"SEAVER DR., FRED JAY -- Funeral services for Dr. Fred Jay Seaver, 93, of 201 Alexander Place, Winter Park, who died Monday, will be held Thursday at 10 a.m. in the chapel of Cox-Parker Funeral Home, with Dr. Malcolm Matheson of First United Methodist Church officiating.  Interment will be at Palm Cemetery.  Dr. Seaver was a Doctor of Science with Ph.D and Sc.D degrees and head curator of N.Y. Botanical Gardens.  He was teacher of botany at the Florida Southern for two years, a teacher of General Science at the College of Orlando for several years, and a member of University Club of Winter Park and Sigma Xi.  He is survived by daughters, Mrs. Bernice Blackmon, Lancaster, S.C., Mrs. Hortense Hewitt, Marion, N.C.; brother, Arthur G. Seaver, Cedaredge Colo.; sister, Mrs. Nettie Detrick, Bishop, Calif.  Cox-Parker Funeral Home, Winter Park."  

The source citation is:

"Seaver Dr., Fred Jay,Orlando Evening Star newspaper, Wednesday, 23 December 1970, page 15, column 1, Dr. Fred Jay Seaver obituary; Newspapers.com   (https://www.newspapers.com : accessed 26 December 2022).

This obituary identifies his name, date of death, married daughters names and locations, sibling names and locations, and professional associations.

Fred Jay Seaver (1877-1970) was born 14 March 1877 in Webster County, Iowa, the son of Joshua Marshall and Gulielma Maria "Elma" (Sturtevant) Seaver.  He died 21 December 1970 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  He married (1) Hortense Adelaide Shuebly (1877-1940) on 19 June 1905 in Manson, Iowa.  They had two children:

*  Bernice Seaver (1906-1989), married Woodrow Franklin Blackmon (1915-1994).
*  Hortense Eloise Seaver (1908-1978), married 1033 Albert Cullen Hewitt (1904-1999).

Fred married (2) Finetta Alice Fry (1881-1964) on 23 September 1941 in White Plains, New York.  They had no children.

Fred Jay Seaver is my 7th cousin 2 times 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 was a world famous botanist. I am glad that I can honor Fred Jay 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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