Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Relatives in the News -- Obituary of Edwin Butler Bryant (1844-1925) of Fitchburg, Massachusetts

Here is this week's edition of "Relatives in the News" - a weekly feature from the historical newspapers about persons with the surname Seaver, or other interesting persons, that are interesting, useful, mysterious, fun, macabre, or add information to my family tree database.

This week's entry is from The Fitchburg [Mass.] Sentinel newspaper dated Monday, 28 December 1925, page 1, Column 3:

The transcription of the article is:


"Edwin Butler Bryant, one of Fitchburg's most widely known men, died today at his home, 141 Buttrick avenue, aged 80 years.  Mr. Bryant was born in Pittsfield in 1845.  He came to Fitchburg in 1881 under the name of Edwin Butler and for four years was a peddler of notions.  He was called 'Yankee Notions,' a name which he carried throughout the rest of his years.

"From 1885 to 1890 he lighted the old style gas street lamps for the city, after which he entered the junk business which he has since carried on.  In 1889 he had his name legally changed to Edwin Butler Bryant and on Sept 17 of that year he married Juliette G. Seaver.  His wife died on Sept. 1, 1910.

"Mr. Bryant's nearest relatives are a sister-in-law, Nellie M. Seaver of Leominster, two nieces, Mrs. Fannie L. Bedford and Mrs. Lucretia Durkee, and a nephew, Walter A. Bryant, all of Pittsfield.

"The funeral will be held Wednesday at 2 o'clock from Sawyer home with burial in Leominster."

The source citation is:

"Edwin Bryant, 'Yankee Notions,' Dead, Aged 80," The Fitchburg [Mass.] Sentinel newspaper, Monday, 28 December 1925, page 1, column 3, Edwin Butler Bryant obituary; imaged, "The Fitchburg Sentinel (Fitchburg, Massachusetts),"  Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com : accessed 20 May 2024), 1925 > December > 28; original newspaper published in Fitchburg, Mass.

This obituary provides the decedent's name, residence, death day and place, age, birth year and place, wife's name, relatives names, occupations, funeral services, but not his marriage information or associations.

Edwin Butler Bryant (1844-1925) was born 10 March 1844 in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, the son of James Goodale and Lucretia Butler (Monroe) Bryant.  He died 28 December 1925 in Fitchburg, Massachusetts.  Edwin married Juliette Glazier Seaver (1847-1910) on 18 September 1889 in Leominster, Massachusetts, the daughter if Isaac and Juliette (Glazier) Seaver.  They had no children.

Juliette Glazier Seaver (1847-1910) is my great-grandaunt, with the common Seaver ancestor of my 2nd great-grandfather, Isaac Seaver (1823-1901). Edwin Butler Bryant (1844-1925) is my 7th cousin 3 times removed, with common ancestors of 6th great-grandparents John and Frances (--?--) Hill.

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's obituary reveals a person's occupations.  I am glad that I can honor Edwin Butler Bryant 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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