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Frank Walton Seaver

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Medfield, Norfolk County, MA (MA VR 64.198)
Death: Died in Leominster, Worcester County, MA (VR)
Place of Burial: Evergreen Cem., Leominster, MA
Immediate Family:

Son of Isaac Seaver and Lucretia Townsend Smith
Husband of Hattie Louise Hildreth
Father of Frederick Walton Seaver; Harry Clifton Seaver and Howard Edward Seaver
Brother of Ellen\Nellie Mona Seaver; Benjamin Seaver and Elizabeth Lucinda Seaver
Half brother of Juliette Seaver

Managed by: Randall Jeffrey Seaver
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About Frank Walton Seaver

Frank Walton Seaver was born 6 June 1852 in Medfield, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, the son of Isaac and Lucretia (Smith) Seaver,

In the 1855 Massachusetts State Census, the Isaac Seaver family was enumerated on 14 September 1855 residing in Medfield, Norfolk county, Massachusetts. The household included:

  • Isaac Seaver - age 31, male, a machinist, born in Mass.
  • Lucretia T. Seaver - age 28, female, born Mass.
  • Juliette G. Seaver - age 8, female, born Mass.
  • Frank W. Seaver - age 3, male, born Mass.
  • Benjn Seaver - age 1, male, born Mass.

In the 1860 census, this family resided in Westminster, Worcester County, Massachusetts. The household included:

  • Isaac Seaver 3rd -- age 36, male, blacksmith, $1800 in real property, $600 in personal property, born MA
  • Lucretia Seaver -- age 32, female, born MA
  • Juliette G. Seaver -- age 13, female, born MA, attended school
  • Frank W. Seaver -- age 8, male, born MA, attended school
  • Benjamin Seaver -- age 6, male, born MA, attended school
  • Elizabeth L. Seaver -- age 1, female, born MA.

The 1865 Massachusetts State Census entry for the Isaac Seaver family includes:

  • Isaac Seaver - age 41, male, born Westminster, Mass., married, a blacksmith, ratable polls checked, legal voter checked
  • Lucretia T. Seaver - age 37, female, born Medfield, Mass., married, a housekeeper
  • Juliet G. Seaver - age 17, female, born Westminster, Mass., single, a domestic
  • Frank W. Seaver - age 13, male, born Medfield, Mass.
  • Benjamin Seaver - no age, male, born Medfield, Mass.
  • Lizzie L. Seaver - age 6, female, born Westminster, Mass.
  • Nellie M. Seaver - age 4, female, born Westminster, Mass.

In the 1870 US census, this family resided in Leominster, Worcester County, Massachusetts. The household included:

  • Isaac Seaver -- age 46, male, white, works in a fork shop, $2000 in real property, $1500 in personal property, born MA
  • Lucretia D. Seaver -- age 42, female, white, keeping house, born MA
  • Frank W. Seaver -- age 18, male, white, attends school, born MA
  • Benjamin Seaver -- age 16, male, white, attends school, born MA
  • Elizabeth Seaver -- age 11, female, white, attends school, born MA
  • Ellen M. Seaver -- age 8, female, white, attends school, born MA

The New Hampshire marriage certificate obtained from the Keene, Cheshire County, New Hampshire town clerk's office lists their marriage date as 16 December 1874. The New Hampshire Birth, Marriage and Deaths index card submitted by the town clerks has the same date. However, the Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841-1910, marriage record (a transcription of the Leominster, Mass. town clerk's records) lists the date as 14 December 1874, occurring in Keene, N.H..

All three sources are derivative in nature, they all reflect primary information and are direct evidence. However, all three agree that the marriage occurred in Keene, and the first entry into a record book was certainly in Keene.

The New Hampshire records are, in my opinion, more authoritative than the Massachusetts record. My conclusion is that 16 December 1874 is the correct marriage date.

In the 1880 U.S. Census, the Frank W. Seaver family resided in Leominster, Worcester County, Massachusetts. The family included

  • Frank W. Seaver -- white, male, age 27, married, works in a comb shop, born MA, parents born MA/MA
  • Hattie S. Seaver -- white, female, age 22, wife, married, keeping house, born MA, parents born MA/MA
  • Frederick W. Seaver -- white, male, age 3, son, single, born MA, parents born MA/MA.

In the 1900 U.S. Census, the Frank Seaver family resided at 149 Lancaster Street in Leominster, Worcester County, Massachusetts. The Seaver family was renting the house. The family included:

  • Frank W. Seaver -- head of household, white, male, born June 1852, age 47, married 26 years, born MA, parents born MA, a teamster, rents home
  • Hattie L. Seaver -- wife, white, female, born Nov 1856, age 43, married 26 years, mother of 3 children, 2 living, born MA, father born MA, mother born VT
  • Fred W. Seaver -- son, white, male, born February 1876, age 24, single, born MA, parents born PA a painter of combs
  • Harry C. Seaver -- son, white, male, born March 1885, age 15, single, born MA, parents born MA, a painter of combs
  • Sophia Hildreth -- mother-in-law, white, female, born September 1835, age 64, widow, mother of 1 child, 1 living, born MA, father born ME, mother born MA

In the 1910 U.S. census, the Frank W. Seaver family resided at 146 Lancaster Street in Leominster, Worcester County, Massachusetts (1910 US Census for Massachusetts. The family included:

  • Sophia Hildreth -- head of household, female, white, age 73, widow, mother of 2 children, 1 living, born VT, father and mother born MA, speaks English, no occupation, can read and write, owns the home, free of mortgage
  • Frank W. Seaver -- son-in-law, male, white, age 57, married once, 35 years, born MA, father and mother born MA, speaks English, foreman, works in horn supply, a worker, reads and writes
  • Hattie L. Seaver -- daughter, female, white, age 52, married once, 35 years, mother of 3 children, 2 living, born MA, father born MA, mother born VT, speaks English, can read and write
  • Harry C. Seaver -- son, male, white, age 25, single, born MA, father and mother born MA, speaks English, laborer, works in comb shop, a worker, can read and write

In the 1920 U.S. census, the Frank Seaver family resided at 149 Lancaster Street in Leominster, Worcester County, Massachusetts. The family included:

  • Frank W. Seaver -- head of household, male, white, age 66, married, born MA, father born MA, mother born MA, an assistant superintendent at a horn shop, a salaried worker, owns home free of mortgage, able to read, write, and speak English
  • Hattie L. Seaver -- wife, female, white, age 62, married, born MA, father born MA, mother born VT, no occupation, able to read, write and speak English
  • Harry C. Seaver -- son, male, white, age 34, single, born MA, father born MA, mother born MA, a button turner in a button shop, a wage worker, able to read, write and speak English
  • Sophia Hildreth -- mother-in-law, female, white, age 82, widow, born VT, father born MA, mother born MA, retired, able to read, write and speak English

Frank W. Seaver died intestate, and his probate records are in Worcester County (MA) Probate Records, Probate Packet B-81,100 (accessed at Worcester County Court House, in Worcester, Massachusetts). The petition for administration was filed by J. Ward Healey on 6 September 1923. The heirs were listed as son Frederick W. Seaver and son Harry C. Seaver, both of Leominster, who assented to the petition. A $2,000 bond was posted by J. Ward Healey, Frederick W. Seaver and Harry C. Seaver. An inventory was taken 10 September 1923 by the administrator, finding a personal estate of $321.15 and real property valued at $1,200. The property was a one third interest as tenant in common in a two family dwelling house, farm and 10,890 square feet of land, all at 149 Lancaster Street in Leominster, MA, free from Mortgage.

The estate of Frank's mother-in-law, Sophia (Newton) Hildreth was probated before the probate of Frank Seaver. The estate of Frank's wife, Hattie (Hildreth) Seaver, was probated after Frank's estate was probated, even though she died before both Frank Seaver and sophia Hildreth died.

Family stories about Frank Seaver include that he was a dapper, handsome man, and had black curly hair and brown eyes, and looked like his mother, Lucretia Smith. He was about 5'10" tall. He was jolly and full of fun, but liked to drink beer, and smoked a pipe. They had a large home at 149 Lancaster St in Leominster with a wonderful garden, fruit trees, a barn in which they used to keep a horse and buggy, and raised bantam chickens. Frank was a manager of the Leominster Horned Goods Company, and died of a stroke at age 70 while at his work.

The memories about Frank W. Seaver by his grandson, Edward R. Seaver, were captured in an audio tape by Randy Seaver on 13 August 1982 in Ed's home in Leominster, Massachusetts. Some segments:

"My father's father was Frank Seaver, and he lived on Lancaster Street right next to the old fire station. In fact, my father's brother, Harry, was a fireman at the station. It's another early recollection - going over to see my grandparents, and seeing Uncle Harry there, and he'd take me over to the fire station. That was in the days the fire wagon was horse drawn. He'd let me feed the horses, and let me slide down the pole.

"Frank worked at the Horn Supply company. They fabricated the horns to prepare them for use by the plastics factories in town. They'd get the raw horns in, it was quite a process to soak them in hot oil, cutting them, flattening them out, polishing them. That's another memory I have, walking to school, I walked right by the horn supply, I used to look right down into the window to the basement seeing the men sawing up the horns, the most horrible smell you can imagine, covered head to foot in this horn dust, and I remember thinking 'what a life that must be' people who do that. That's not what my grandfather did, but I remember the horn cutters.

Frank Seaver is buried in Evergreen Cemetery in Leominster with his wife and son, Howard. The inscription of the gravestone of the Frank W. Seaver family says:

Frank W. Seaver 1852-1922

Hattie L. Seaver his wife 1858-1920

Howard E. Seaver 1893-1900

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Frank Walton Seaver's Timeline

1852
June 6, 1852
Medfield, Norfolk County, MA (MA VR 64.198)
1874
December 14, 1874
Age 22
Keene, Cheshire County, NH (VR)
1876
October 9, 1876
Age 24
Leominster, Worcester County, MA
1885
March 31, 1885
Age 32
Leominster, Worcester County, MA (MA VR 360.330)
1893
August 8, 1893
Age 41
Leominster, Worcester County, MA (VR)
1922
November 27, 1922
Age 70
Leominster, Worcester County, MA (VR)
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Evergreen Cem., Leominster, MA