Tuesday, September 17, 2019

TOMBSTONE TUESDAY ~ A follow up on Bertram SEAVER (1873-1942) & his first wife Gertrude (1871-1908)

Headstone for Bertram Seaver - used with permission from CHayes

In learning more about Bertram Seaver who married Mary Ada Seigle, my 1st cousin twice removed, I found out he was buried at Mount Washington Cemetery, Mt. Washington, Hamilton, Ohio.  You may read my previous post about Bertram SEAVER here MY GRANDMOTHER’S JOURNAL ~ Let’s look at some anniversaries–Bert SEAVER & Mary Ada SEIGLE - 1929

I immediately recognized that location as the same cemetery his first wife, Gertrude, had been buried, after her suicide.  I was a little surprised that he was buried with her and not his second wife, Mary Ada Seigle.  He’s been married to Gertrude for 13 years and Mary for 24 years.  Sometimes our ancestors don’t do what we might expect them to do.

I looked on FindAGrave and determined that there had been no memorial created for Bertram, so I created one.  I also put in a photo request, hoping that a volunteer would someday take a photo of the headstone (if there was one).

I was surprised, actually shocked, when I received notification the very next day, that my request had been fulfilled.  I additionally, received an email from another person who took photos of the headstone.  Now I had two sets of pictures.  My continued thanks to all the people who volunteer via the FindAGrave website, to take headstone photos.

TIP:  Whenever I create a memorial for someone, I always request a photo of the headstone (unless, of course, I already have one).  I have been very fortunate over the years and have had dozens of requests fulfilled, all over the country.  I immediately send a thank you to the volunteer via the messaging on FindAGrave.  At the same time, I check their profile to see if they give permission to use the photos.  Since I have a blog and I frequently like to post headstone pictures, I don’t want to violate anyone’s copyright.  If the permission isn’t stated in their profile and I think I may use the photo in a blog post, I send them an email asking permission.  If you look at my FindAGrave profile you will see that I give blanket permission to use any of my own photographed headstone photos (my profile page)

Here is the other picture I received for Bertram who is resting beside his first wife, Gertrude

Headstones of Bertram & Gertrude Seaver - used with permission of Steve Barnett
Click on the links to visit the memorials for Bertram #203005133 & Gertrude #170861969

How often to you request photos of headstones on the FindAGrave website?
 
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Michigan Girl

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Saturday, September 14, 2019

MY GRANDMOTHER’S JOURNAL ~ Let’s look at some anniversaries–Bert SEAVER & Mary Ada SEIGLE - 1929


I haven’t written any posts highlighting my grandmother’s journal in a long time.  So let’s fix that.
 
Several years ago, in my early blogging days, I wrote about my MILNE surname and my grandmother’s journal.  Here is a link to that post, which gives the background of how I came into possession of this family treasure SURNAME SATURDAY – MILNE

A couple of weeks ago, fellow blogger (I call him the blogging guru), Randy Seaver wrote a post about his ancestor Bertram Seaver.  WOW!  I said to myself.  That’s the Seaver that links Randy & me.  Not by blood, but by marriage.  So we are shirttail cousins. Here’s a link to Randy’s post.
Seavers in the News -- Gertrude (Smith) Seaver Run Over By a Traction Car in 1908

That’s a very sad story about the death of Bertram Seaver’s first wife, Gertrude.  Bertram remarried 10 years later to Bessie Cahill on 15 Jun 1918.  They divorced in 1928.

Where Bertram enters my family is with his 3rd marriage to Mary Ada Seigle.  Mary is my 1st cousin twice removed.  She had become a widow when her first husband Edward Donnelly died at the age of 44 in 1926.

Mary SEIGLE Donnelly married Bertram H. Seaver on 20 Apr 1929.  At least according to my grandmother’s journal.  I have yet to locate the marriage record, but I’m still looking.

Here’s the page from my grandmother's journal.


As you can see there are other couples on this page.  More family anniversaries.

Mary & Bertram were enumerated in the 1930 census in Loveland, Clermont, Ohio.  The record indicates they are married, giving some evidence that my grandmother’s record may be correct.  Also in the household were Mary’s parents, Jacob & Myra and Bertram’s daughter Juanita.

And remember to check those neighbors.  Living at the same address is Mary's brother, Arthur and his family.

1930 census - Loveland, Clermont, Ohio

Sadly, at the age of 56, Mary died suddenly at her home.This left Bertram widowed for a second time.  He died in 1942 at age 67.

If you are related to any of the people mentioned in this post, or you have corrections or additions to it, please contact me.

Happy hunting,
Michigan Girl
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Tuesday, September 3, 2019

ANCESTORS IN THE NEWS ~ Betty Eleanor Bright, only 15 yrs old, dies in car accident


Betty Eleanor Bright was born on New Year’s Day 1919 in Latrobe, Westmoreland, Pennsylvania.  Her parents are John W. Bright (1882-1967) and Nellie Dallas (1883-1971).  She had one sibling, an older brother named William E. Bright.

Three young people were killed in this car accident.  Betty, age 15,  a 23 year old named Clarence Greeawalt and Howard Foster, age 21.
 
Here is the news article about the accident

Pittsburgh Post Gazette - 22 Jun 1934, page 17

Here is my transcription of the article

Front page, Section 2, column 5
GIRL, TWO YOUTHS KILLED IN CRASH

Titusville Party Wiped Out on Speed Ride
Special to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

OIL CITY, Pa - June 21 - Warning against excessive speed on Venango county highways came from Coroner J. Irwin Zerbe and state police today, following fatal injury to three Titusville young people early today on Titusville-Oil City road, near McKinney Memorial spring.
The dead are Clarence Greenawalt, 23, near Titusville, who died before reaching Oil City Hospital; Betty Bright, 15, Titusville sophomore, and Howard Foster, 21, who died seven hours after the accident happened of a fractured skull.  Greenawalt's neck was broken.
The automobile driven by George W. Hinske of Oil City, en route toward Oil City, had almost come to a stop when the Titusville car, traveling 60 miles an hour or faster, bore down upon him and his wife.  He pulled partly off the highway.

The Foster car hit it a terrific side blow, pushing the radiator against the engine.  Mr. and Mrs. Hinske escaped with bruises.


How sad for the families of these three young people.
 
Betty was laid to rest in Greenwood Cemetery.  You may visit her memorial here #25967355.

If you are related to anyone mentioned in this post or have a comment or correction, please contact me.

Happy hunting,
Michigan Girl

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