Tuesday, October 31, 2023

Seavers in the News -- Mrs. Harry A. Seaver Dies in 1976 in Madison, Wisconsin

 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 Wisconsin State Journal  newspaper dated 27 February 1976, page 7:

The transcription of the article is:

"Seaver, Mrs. Harry A. (Ruth)

"MADISON/ALBANY, New York -- Mrs. Harry A. (Ruth) Seaver, age 88, of 6401 Mineral Point Rd., died on Wednesday, February 25, 1976, at a local hospital.  She was born July 25, 1887 in Janesville, New York.  She  was the former Ruth Barker.  She came to Madison from Albany, New York.  She was a graduate of Syracuse University and a member of Phi Beta Kappa sorority.  Mrs. Seaver taught school in New York and New Jersey.  She was a member of St. Andrews Episcopal Church, Albany, New York.  She is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Carl B. Rowe, Madison; a cousin, Mrs. Mildred Gilbert, Syracuse, New York; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  he was preceded in death by her husband Harry.  Graveside services will be held in Syracuse, New York.  Memorials may be made to Oakwood Village, Madison."

The source citation is:

"Seaver, Mrs. Harry A. (Ruth)," Wisconsin State Journal [Madison, Wis.] newspaper, Friday, 27 February 1976, page 7, column 4, Ruth (Barker) Seaver obituary,   Newspapers.com   (https://www.newspapers.com : accessed 30 October 2023).

This obituary provides the name, age, birth date, birthplace, death date, death place, spouse's name, marriage date, burial information, education, occupation, associations, and children's names and current locations.  It does not provide  parents names, marriage date and place, or cause of death.

Ruth E. Barker (1887-1976) was born 25 July 1887 in New York, the daughter of John Frederick and Mary Elizabeth (Weller) Barker.  She died 25 February 1976 in Madison, Wisconsin.  Ruth married Frank Albert Seaver (1878-1959) on 21 August 1928 in Onondaga County, New York.  He was the son of Charles Howe and Jennie Milliman (Filkins) Seaver.  They had one child:

*  Carolyn B. Seaver (1924-2009), married 1946 Carl Blotz Rowe (1918-2012). 

I am a 5th cousin 3 times removed to Frank Albert Seaver.  Our 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 is one of them.   Life happens, accidentally and intentionally, and sometimes a person has an obituary that provides a fairly complete life summary.  I am glad that I can honor Ruth E. (Barker) 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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