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Seavers in the News- Noted Violin Maker George F. Seaver Dies in 1902

t’s time for another 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 Boston [Mass.] Globe newspaper dated 10 January 1902:

The transcription of the article is:

WELL-KNOWN VIOLIN MAKER
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George F. Seaver, Dead at Dover, N.H. — Won Repute Also as Inventor.

“DOVER, N.H. Jan. 9 — George F. Seaver, age 66, one of Dover’s most esteemed citizens, died this morning at his home, near Granite State park, after a long illness.  Since early in the 80’s Mr. Seaver had been an invalid from paralysis, and since last fall he had been confined to his bed.

“Mr. Seaver was born in Lebanon, Me. of long-lived ancestry.  His maternal grandfather lived to the age of 104 and his mother died at 89.  For the past 30 years he has been a resident of this city, coming here from Haverhill, where he resided several years.  He married Miss Hannah R. Ham of Rochester.

“He was best known as a violin-maker, but was an inventor as well.  Among his patented inventions were a cane umbrella, a lasting machine and a car-heating apparatus.  For the past 16 years Mr. Seaver had been making violins, at first in an experimental way.

“During a long course of experimenting and study he solved the problem of making an instrument that from the first possessed the mellowness, richness, and breadth of tone of some of the best of the productions of the old makers.

“His latest productions are not excelled in beauty of wood and workmanship, and are pronounced by musicians to be of rare quality.  In his collection of old violins is a Stradivarius formerly owned by Ole Bull.

“Mr. Seaver was a veteran of the civil war.  He enlisted in Co H, 1st N H volunteers, and served at fort Constitution nearly the full period of enlistment.  He there received an injury to his back which necessitated his discharge, and which resulted in the paralysis which caused his death.

“He is survived by his wife, three sons, William H., George F. and John D., all of Boston; two daughters, Mrs. Roscoe G. Kilham of Boston, and Mrs. Ada F. Patten of Lynn; also a sister, Mrs. Ellen Ayer of Lynn.”

The source citation for the article is:

“Well-Known Violin Maker” The Boston [Mass.] Globe newspaper, obituary, Friday, 10 January  1902, page 11, column 4, George F. Seaver obituary;   Newspapers.com   (https://www.newspapers.com : accessed 5 September 2019).

What an interesting life.  An inventor, a violin maker, a Civil War veteran, a wife and 5 living children.  
George Freeman Seaver (1835-1902) was the son of John D. Seaver (1798-1861) and Sarah Maddox (1805-1895) of Portsmouth, N.H. and Lebanon, Maine.  He married Hannah R. Ham (1835-????) in 1855 in Rochester, New Hampshire, and they had five children:
*  Ada Florence Seaver (1855-????), married George Lincoln Howard (1865-1920) in 1903.
*  George Freeman Seaver (1858-????), married Ella R. Waterhouse (1855-1919) in 1882.
*  Lola Estele Seaver (1859-1934), married (1) Roscoe Green Kilham (1859-1921) in 1882, and (2) George Edward Tibbets (1863-????) in 1929.
*  John D. Seaver (1867-????), married Nellie P. Norris (1876-????) in 1895.
*  William Harrison Seaver (1873-????) married (1) Marie E. Carlton (1878-????) in 1896, and (2) Alexandrina Wishart (1871-1976) in 1923.

George Freeman Seaver is my 3rd cousin four times removed, with common ancestors of my 6th great-grandparents Robert Seaver (1702-1752) and Eunice Rayment (1707-1772).

There are over 8,000 Seaver “stories” in my family tree – this was one of them.  George Freeman Seaver had an inspiring and interesting life.  Life happens, accidentally and intentionally, and sometimes it is noble and good.

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Disclosure:  I have a paid subscription to Newspapers.com and have used it extensively to find articles about my ancestral and one-name families.



Copyright (c) 2019, Randall J. Seaver

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FamilySearch Introduces Family Tree Lite

Here is a quote from the FamilySearch Blog:

“One of our goals at FamilySearch is to create a research experience that is fast and efficient. That’s why, when you visit our site or use our app, you come across so many different tools. You can attach photos, list sources, use record hints, and search partner sites, and the list goes on.

“However, in some cases, you might have limited internet bandwidth that doesn’t allow all the bells and whistles of the website to run smoothly. Or maybe you simply want to save on data usage. For these circumstances, we have created a streamlined version of FamilySearch’s Family Tree, known appropriately as Family Tree Lite.”

You can read a lot more about Family Tree Lite at: https://www.familysearch.org/blog/en/family-tree-lite/.

Genealogy News Bytes – 3 September 2019


Some of the genealogy news and education items across my monitor the last four days include:

1)  News Articles:


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National Geographic’s Genographic Project Discontinued



2)  New or Updated Record Collections:





3)  Genealogy Education – Webinars:

 GeneaWebinars Calendar


*   Upcoming Family Tree Webinar – Tuesday, 3 September, 7 p.m. PDT:  Are you Lost? Using Maps, Gazetteers and Directories for British Isles Research, by Paul Milner

*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar – Wednesday, 4 September, 11 a.m. PDT:  Combining DNA and Traditional Research – In-Depth Case Studies, by Michelle Leonard

*   Upcoming Family Tree Webinar – Friday, 6 September, 8 a.m. PDT:  Reasonably Exhaustive Research: The First Criteria for Genealogical Proof, by Elizabeth Shown Mills

*   Upcoming Family Tree Webinar – Friday, 6 September, 9:15 a.m. PDT:  Finding Immigrants Who ‘Disappeared’: A Research Approach Based on Recognizing and Challenging Assumptions, by Martha Garrett
*   Upcoming Family Tree Webinar – Friday, 6 September, 10:30 a.m. PDT:  Share and Share Alike: The Rules of Genealogical Privacy, by Judy G. Russell

*   Upcoming Family Tree Webinar – Friday, 6 September, 12:30 p.m. PDT:  Details of New and Modified DNA-Related Standards, by Karen Stanbary
*   Upcoming Family Tree Webinar – Friday, 6 September, 1:45 p.m. PDT:  How to Write a Case Study that Meets the New Standards for DNA: As Codified by the Board for Certification of Genealogists, by Melinda Henningfield
*   Upcoming Family Tree Webinar – Friday, 6 September, 3:00 p.m. PDT:  Reconstructing an Entrepreneurial Woman’s Life: From Family Intrigue to Water Rents, by Rick Sayre
*  Upcoming SCGS Webinar – Saturday, 7 September, 10 a.m. PDT:  The Home Archivist: Preserving Family Records Like a Pro! by Melissa Barker

4)  Genealogy Education – Podcasts:

*  Fisher’s Top Tips:  #102 – Free Genealogy Sites



5)  Genealogy Videos (YouTube):

*  Family History Fanatics:  Getting Started to GEDmatch – A Segment of DNA
*  BYU Family History Library:  DNA Testing: Mt DNA and Y DNA – Sarah Stoddard

6)  Genealogy Bargains:


7)  Did you miss the last Genealogy News Bytes – 30 August 2019?

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Lancaster County (Virginia) Fiduciary Records 1657-1872 Online

From the Virginia Memory web site:

“The Library of Virginia is pleased to announce the addition of the Lancaster County Fiduciary Records, 1657-1872, to Virginia Untold. This collection contains the earliest records added to Virginia Untold, and the largest number of names added from a single locality so far—over 20,000. Fiduciary records primarily consist of estate administrator settlements, estate inventories, dower allotments, estate divisions, estate sales, and guardian accounts that record a detailed list of all personal property owned by individuals, including enslaved people.

“These records demonstrate the rapid growth of slavery in Virginia from the “20. and odd Negroes” who arrived in Jamestown in 1619. Two estate inventories recorded in 1670 named a combined total of 60 enslaved people. As the records progress into the 18th and 19th centuries, the number of enslaved people owned by individuals exploded. In some cases, a single person could own hundreds of enslaved people, and their residences were not confined to Lancaster County. For example, the estate inventory of Rawleigh W. Downman recorded in 1781, lists nearly 150 enslaved people who lived on estates he owned in Lancaster, Richmond, Stafford, and Fauquier counties.

“Many of these fiduciary records document additional information about enslaved people, beyond a name and assigned monetary value. The authors often included comments about individual enslaved people which, though limited to a couple of words or short phrases, shed light on the hardships that they experienced. Some comments related to the sale of enslaved people, an ever-present fear for enslaved families. The guardian’s account of Elizabeth Mitchell, recorded in 1836, identified an enslaved mother and her children who were sold in August 1835 ‘to go to the Western Country.’ They were sold because the mother’s ‘husband’ had been sold by a different owner ‘to go to the West.’ All the names of the family were recorded except one, who the recorder identified as an ‘infant in the arms.’”

You can read more and view some of the records at: http://www.virginiamemory.com/blogs/out_of_the_box/2019/08/29/virginia-untold-lancaster-county-fiduciary/.

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun — Your School Yearbook Photos

Calling all Genea-Musings Fans: 

 It’s Saturday Night again – 

time for some more Genealogy Fun!!


Here is your assignment if you choose to play along (cue the Mission Impossible music, please!):

1)   Ancestry.com updated their School Yearbook collection and it is FREE to access until 2 September.  Use https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/yearbooksindex/.

2)  Show us your school yearbook photos from the Ancestry collection, or from your personal photo collection.  Tell us the school and year.  Add your spouse or best friend or children if you wish!

  3)  Tell us about it in a blog post of your own, in a comment on this blog, or in a Facebook post.

Here’s mine:


1)  I was a 1961 high school graduate of San Diego High School in San Diego, California.  Here is the entry in the 1961 SDHS yearbook:


I think I wrote that myself trying to be funny.  I had to check a YouTube video yesterday to check out the Hully Gully song and dance.  I don’t recall what Boys Federation was.  I recall Veni Vidi Vici.  I was skinny then – 5’7″ and 120 pounds… I really didn’t enjoy high school.  Math, Latin, Social Studies, Physics and Chemistry were great, but gym was terrible.  The only sport I was good at was handball.  Gym ruined my GPA.   I had no social life being smaller than every girl but one at the school.  

2)  Here is my wife, Linda Leland, in her 1960 yearbook of Abraham Lincoln High School in San Francisco:



And in the 1964 San Francisco State yearbook:


I showed you mine – please show me yours!!

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