William Aaron Seaver, Sr

Male 1840 - 1926


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  • Name  William Aaron Seaver, Sr 
    Suffix  Sr 
    Born  16 Apr 1840  Lancaster Co., PA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Died  25 Apr 1926  Ft Scott, Bourbon Co., KS Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I252  Seaver-Bilyeu-Lowell
    Last Modified  19 Jan 2010 

    Father  David Seaver, Sr,   b. May 1810, Dickinson Twp, Cumberland Co., PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Jul 1891, Ft Scott, Bourbon Co., KS Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Margret Ann Helm,   b. 09 Feb 1811, Cumberland Co., PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Feb 1892, Scott Twp, Bourbon Co., KS Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Documents
    Map: Scott Twp, Bourbon Co., KS, 1878
    Map: Scott Twp, Bourbon Co., KS, 1878
    A portion of Scott Township in Bourbon Co., KS, showing many of the Seaver farms. Hover the mouse over a name and click to go to those individual pages.

    For reference, the eastern edge of Ft Scott is to the left, and old Highway 54 is the road running through the middle of Sections 29 - 25. The extreme right boundary is the Kansas-Missouri border.

    The house marked Mrs P Eddleman in Section 27 is the former schoolhouse that W.A. Seaver taught at. It was in the SE corner of where Lath Branch Cemetery is now. After the new schoolhouse (School No.54) was built in 1871, the old building was sold to the Eddlemans for something like $60.

    The P. Riley farm in Section 26 was bought by the Hamiltons; later Roy & Mettie (Hamilton) Seaver lived there.
    Family ID  F085  Group Sheet

    Family  Francis Elnora Shannon,   b. 1848, IL Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Jan 1935 
    Married  10 Apr 1864  Ft Scott, Bourbon Co., KS Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. William Aaron Seaver, Jr,   b. 31 Dec 1864, Ft Scott, Bourbon Co., KS Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Apr 1870, Ft Scott, Bourbon Co., KS Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Caroline (Carrie) Helen Seaver,   b. 13 Jan 1867,   d. 18 Sep 1868
    >3. Minnie Elnora Seaver,   b. 19 May 1869,   d. 12 May 1954
    >4. Sylvester F. Seaver,   b. 27 Jun 1871,   d. 1953
    >5. Oliver E. Seaver,   b. 31 Jul 1873,   d. 19 Jul 1917
    >6. Mary Margaret Seaver,   b. 22 Sep 1875,   d. 1958
    >7. Ira Wintford Seaver,   b. 20 Dec 1877, KS Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Aug 1958, Ft Scott, Bourbon Co., KS Find all individuals with events at this location
    >8. Etta G Seaver,   b. 10 Mar 1878, Scott Twp, Bourbon Co., KS Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Feb 1944
    Last Modified  23 Aug 2010 
    Family ID  F083  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 16 Apr 1840 - Lancaster Co., PA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 10 Apr 1864 - Ft Scott, Bourbon Co., KS Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 25 Apr 1926 - Ft Scott, Bourbon Co., KS Link to Google Earth
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  • Documents
    William Aaron Seaver, Sr's obituary
    William Aaron Seaver, Sr's obituary

    Headstones
    William Aaron Seaver's grave
    William Aaron Seaver's grave

  • Notes 
    • Around 1869, he hauled freight from Kansas City into Ft Scott before there was a railroad. Before there were public schools in KS, he ran a subscription school in a 1-room log schoolhouse where Lath Branch Cemetary is now located. After public schools, hewas one of the first teachers in Kansas to draw public school money. At one time, he owned a clothing store with his father-in-law on N. Main St in Ft Scott. He also had a grocery store on E. Wall St across the street west from the present YMCA.
      (The following was copied from the original newspaper clipping in the possession of
      Roy Seaver in 1970)
      W. A. SEAVER DEAD
      Resident of This County 71 years Died yesterday--
      Funeral to be Tomorrow.
      Will Seaver died at the family home six and one-half miles east of Fort Scott at 1:50
      Sunday afternoon. He had long suffered with bronchial asthma and had been practically
      bedfast for ten years,
      Mr. Seaver or "Grandpa" as he was generally known, was born April 16, 1840 in Lancaster,
      Pa.,and departed this life April 25, 1926, He was a pioneer of Kansas, having come to this
      state with his parents, David and Margaret Seaver, in 1855. He settled in Bourbon county,
      near where Stuart's dam is, and had lived here continuously since in the Lath Branch
      neighborhood.
      He was married to Fannie E. Shannon April 10, 1864, and to this union were born nine
      children. He celebrated his 62nd wedding anniversary April 10, 1926,
      He became a member of the M. E. church early in life but later affiliated with the
      First Christian church. He was one of the first school teachers to draw a salary in the
      State of Kansas. In an early day he conducted a store on the corner of First street and
      Scott ave., known as Shannon & Seaver Mercantile Store.
      He also freighted between Fort Leavenworth, Kansas City and Fort Scott for some time.
      He served thirteen years as Scott township trustee.
      He is survived by his widow, Fannie E. and the following children: Mrs. Minnie
      Leppleman, S. F. Seaver, J. W. Seaver, Mrs. Margaret Fairman, Mrs. Etta Crosby, C.B. Seaver,
      William A.Jr., and Carrie E,, deceased, died in infancy and O. E. Seaver died July 19,1917.
      He is also survived by eighteen grand-children and eleven great grandchildren,
      He also leaved three brothers, G. W. Seaver and D. H. Seaver of Fort Scott, and James
      Seaver of Fresno, Calif., and one sister, Margaret Hulse of Stockton, Calif.
      The funeral will be held from the family home Tuesday at 2 p.m., conducted by
      Rev. J. R. Babb of the Christian church. Burial in Lath Branch cemetery,