Friday, December 15, 2023

52 Relatives -- Benjamin Seaver (1854-1894) of Medfield and Worcester, Massachusetts and Orlando, Florida

 I have posted over 500 genealogical sketches of  my ancestors back through the 7th great-grandparents - see the list in 52 Ancestors Biographies.  

I am starting a new weekly series called "52 Relatives" to document the lives of siblings of my ancestors with relatively short sketches with events and source citations.  They deserve a sketch also - they were part of the lives of my ancestors.  I will post the sketches on my Ancestry Member Tree and in the FamilySearch Family Tree. 


Benjamin Seaver (1854-1894) was born on 13 Apr 1854 in Medfield, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, the second son of Isaac and Lucretia Townsend (Smith) Seaver[1].  He grew up in Leominster, Worcester County, Massachusetts with his parents, brother Frank Walton Seaver, and two sisters, Elizabeth Lucinda Seaver and Ellen Maria Seaver.

In the 1880 US census, B. Seaver (age 26, born MA, makes bricks, father and mother born MA) resided in Precinct 3, Orange County, Florida in the home of D.B. Ventres[2].

Benjamin Seaver and Ella Eliza Spring were married on 14 Mar 1885 in Orange, Florida, United States.   Ella Eliza Spring was born in Oct 1860 in Massachusetts, United States.   Benjamin Seaver and Ella Eliza Spring had the following child:

i Edith Jane Seaver, born 10 May 1887, Denver, Putnam County, Florida; married (1) Arlie Bloxham Russell, 30 Jun 1907, Orange County , Florida; married (2) Frank Shannon Taylor, 24 Sep 1931, Orange County, Florida; died Jan 1962, Orange County, Florida, United States.

Benjamin died on 9 Jul 1894 at the age of 40 in Worcester, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States[3].  He was white, male, married, age 40 years, 2 months and 20 days old, cause of death was epilepsy, occupation was a brickmaker, born in Medfield, son of Isaac and L.T. (Smith) Seaver. He was buried after 9 Jul 1894 at Evergreen Cemetery in Leominster, Worcester County, Massachusetts, with his parents and two sisters[4].  

Ella died on 1 Aug 1933 at the age of 72 in Kissimmee, Osceola County, Florida[4].  She was buried after 1 Aug 1933 at Greenwood Cemetery in Orlando, Orange County, Florida[5]


1. "Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841-1915," indexed database and digital images,  New England Historic Genealogical Society, American Ancestors (,  Births: Volume 82, Page 217, Norfolk County, 1854, Benjamin Seaver birth entry, 13 April 1854.

2.  1880 United States Federal Census, Orange county, Florida, Precinct 3: Page 446D, Line 37, B. Seaver in D.B. Ventres household; online image, (, citing National Archives Microfilm Publication T9, Roll 131.

3. "Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841-1915," New England Historic Genealogical Society, American Ancestors, Deaths: Volume 447, Page 797, Worcester County, 1894, Benjamin Seaver death entry, 9 July 1894.

4. Find A Grave, indexed database and digital image, (,  Evergreen Cemetery (Leominster, Mass.), Benjamin Seaver (1854-1894) memorial #48320921.

5. Find A Grave, indexed database and digital image,  (,  Greenwood Cemetery, Orlando, Fla., Ella Eliza Caldwell (1860-1933) memorial #14555779.

NOTE:  Benjamin Seaver (1854-1894) is my great-granduncle.


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