Seavers in the News – William Earl Seaver Dies in 1955 in Los Angeles, California

  It is time for one more version of “Seavers within the Information” – a weekly function from the historic newspapers about individuals with the surname Seaver which might be fascinating, helpful, mysterious, enjoyable, macabre, or add info to my household tree database.

This week’s entry is from The Kokomo [Ind.] Tribune newspaper dated 2 March 1955:

The transcription of the article is:


“William Earl Seaver, 80, former Clay Township trustee, died Tuesday at Los Angeles, Calif., the place he had lived the final 4 years, on the residence of a daughter, Mrs. Mazie Davis.  He had been in good well being an loss of life got here unexpectedly.

“Mr. Seaver was born June 7, 1874, in Switzerland County, Ind., the son of Greenberg and Madaline (Douglas) Seaver.  He got here to Howard County as a younger man and spent most of his life farming in Clay township, retiring 0 years in the past.  For 16 years he served as trustee of Clay Township.

“In 1897 he married Miss Cora Lenora Bell.  She survives with one son, Edgar Seaver of Kokomo and two daughters, Mrs. Mary Kerschner of El Paso, Tex., and Mrs. Davies at whose residence he died.

“He leaves three grandchildren, one nice grandchild, a brother, Jake Seaver of Reynolds, Ailing., and a number of other nephews and nieces.

“The physique might be returned to Kokomo and funeral companies might be held at 2 p.m. Friday on the Fenn Funeral House.  Mates could name there after 6 p.m. Thursday.  Burial might be within the Galveston Cemetery.”

The supply quotation is:

“William Earl Seaver,” The Kokomo [Ind.] Tribune newspaper, Wednesday, 2 March 1955, web page 30, column 4, William Earl Seaver obituary;   ( : accessed 19 August 2021).

This obituary gives the identify, loss of life date and place, delivery date and place, mother and father names, partner’s identify, kids’s names and siblings names, plus restricted details about his life’s work.

William Earl Seaver (1874-1955) was born on 7 June 1874 in Patriot, Switzerland County, Indiana, the son of Greenberry McKinsey and Madeline (Douglas) Seaver.  He died 1 March 1955 in Los Angeles.  He married Cora Lenore Bell (1872-1961) on 10 April 1897 in Kokomo, Howard County, Indiana.  They’d three kids:
*  Mazie Bell Seaver (1898-1987), married 1920 Harry A. Davies (1895-1953).
*  Mary Madeline Seaver (1906-1994), married (1) 1928 Lester Quinton Harness (1901-1949); (2) Richard Ernest Kerschner (1904-1971).
*  Edgar Earl Seaver (1909-1997), married 1947 Lela Might Lengthy (1918-1987).

I’m not associated, so far as I do know, to William Earl Seaver.  His Seaver line goes again to German immigrant Henry Seaver (1743-1810), who settled in Virginia in about 1770.

There are over 10,000 Seaver “tales” in my household tree – and this was certainly one of them.   Life occurs, unintentionally and deliberately, and generally an individual has a lifetime of working onerous and serving his group. I’m glad that I can honor William Earl Seaver at present.  

You by no means know when a descendant or relative will discover this weblog publish and be taught one thing about their ancestors or family, or will present extra details about them to me.


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