Frederick Walton Seaver

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Frederick Walton Seaver

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Leominster, Worcester County, MA
Death: Died in Lawrence, Essex County, MA
Place of Burial: Leominster, MA, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Frank Walton Seaver and Hattie Louise Hildreth
Husband of Alma Bessie Seaver
Father of Frederick Walton Seaver; Marion Frances Seaver; Evelyn Seaver; Stanley Richmond Seaver; Ruth Weston Seaver and 2 others
Brother of Harry Clifton Seaver and Howard Edward Seaver

Managed by: Randall Jeffrey Seaver
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About Frederick Walton Seaver

Frederick Walton Seaver grew up in Leominster, Massachusetts, where his parents resided with his maternal grandparents, Edward and Sophia (Newton) Hildreth.

After his marriage, the Frederick Walton Seaver family lived for a short time in Leominster MA at 149 Lancaster Street (with his parents and grandmother Hildreth), where their two oldest children were born. Fred was working in a comb-making factory in Leominster.

In about 1905, he became a superintendent at another factory in Fitchburg. The family lived at 56 Linden Street there, where son Stanley was born. They bought a house at 116 Lawrence Avenue in Fitchburg where Ruth and Frederick were born, and the older children went to school at Highland Avenue School, then Maverick Street School, and finally Goddard Street School.

In the 1910 U.S. census, the Fred W. Seaver (it is indexed as Leaver in the census record) resided at 116 Lawrence Street in Fitchburg Ward 6, Worcester County, Massachusetts (1910 U.S. Census, population schedule for Massachusetts, Worcester County, Enumeration District 1745, Sheet 6B, dwelling #82, family #125, line 52, Fred W. Seaver household; online database, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com), citing National Archives Microfilm Publication T624, Roll 608). The family included:

  • Fred W. Seaver -- head of household, male, white, age 33, married once, 10 years, born MA, father and mother born MA, speaks English, superintendent in a comb shop, a worker, owns home, with a mortgage, can read and write
  • Bessie A. Seaver -- wife, female, white, age 28, married once, 10 years, 4 children, 4 living, born CT, father born England, mother born CT, speaks English, no occupation, can read and write
  • Marion F. Seaver -- daughter, female, white, age 8, single, born MA, father born MA, mother born CT, attends school
  • Evelyn Seaver -- daughter, female, white, age 7, single, born MA, father born MA, mother born CT, attends school
  • Stanley R. Seaver -- son, male, white, age 4, single, born MA, father born MA, mother born CT, attends school
  • Ruth W. Seaver -- daughter, female, white, age 2, single, born MA, father born MA, mother born CT, attends school
  • James H. Richmond -- brother-in-law, male, white, age 23, single, born CT, father born England, mother born CT, speaks English, comb-maker, in a comb shop, a worker, 24 weeks out of work in 1909, can read and write

In about 1911, Fred was offered a position as superintendent at the Patton Manufacturing Company in Leominster, which made hairpins from celluloid material. The family moved to a large house on the factory site at 290 Central Street, where Edward and Geraldine were born. The house was on the main road from Leominster to Sterling and Worcester, with streetcar tracks in the middle of the road. There were several smaller buildings around the house - a barn which was used as a garage, chicken coops and rabbit hutches. A brook ran beside the house to the factory. The house was heated by warm air from the factory.

In the 1920 U.S. Census, the Frederick W. Seaver family resided at 290 Central Street in Leominster, Worcester County, Massachusetts (1920 U.S. Census, population schedule for Leominster, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Supervisor District 3, Enumeration District 102, Sheet 14A, dwelling #175, family #288, line 1, Frederick w. Seaver household; online database, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com), citing National Archives Microfilm Publication T625, Roll 747). The family included:

  • Frederick W. Seaver -- head of household, male, white, age 42, married, born MA, father born MA, mother born MA, superintendent of a comb shop, a salaried worker, rents home, able to read, write and speak English
  • Bessie R. Seaver -- wife, female, white, age 38, married, born CT, father born England, mother born CT, no occupation, able to read, write and speak English
  • Marion F. Seaver -- daughter, female, white, age 18, single, born MA, father born MA, mother born CT, attending school, able to read and write, and speak English
  • Evelyn Seaver -- daughter, female, white, age 16, single, born MA, father born MA, mother born CT, attending school, able to read and write, and speak English
  • Ruth W. Seaver -- daughter, female, white, age 12, single, born MA, father born MA, mother born CT, attending school, able to read and write, and speak English
  • Frederick W. Seaver Jr. -- son, male, white, age 8, single, born MA, father born MA, mother born CT, attending school, unable to read and write, able to speak English
  • Edward R. Seaver -- son, male, white, age 6, single, born MA, father born MA, mother born CT, attending school, unable to read and write, able to speak English
  • Geraldine Seaver -- daughter, female, white, age 2, single, born MA, father born MA, mother born CT, unable to read and write, unable to speak English

During the 1920's, Fred and Bess bought a cottage on the shore of Whalom Lake, between Leominster and Fitchburg. The family spent summer weekends there. Vacations were taken at Cape Cod on occasion.

In about 1927, the owner of the Patton Manufacturing company, Barney Doyle, sold the factory to the Dupont company, and the site closed on Central Street. Fred moved to the main plant in Leominster, and was superintendent of the toothbrush division there until his retirement. The family bought a house at 20 Hall Street in Leominster.

In the 1930 US Census, the Fred W. Seaver family resided at 20 Hall Street in Leominster, Worcester County, Massachusetts. The household included (1930 US Census, population schedule for Leominster, Worcester County, Massachusetts, ED 226, Page 3A, Fred W. Seaver household; online database, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com), citing National Archives Microfilm Publication T626, Roll 964):

  • Fred W. Seaver -- head, own home, worth $5,000, owns a radio set, male, white, age 52, married, first at age 25, can read and write, born MA, father and mother born MA, speaks English, superintendent in a celluloid company
  • Alma B. Seaver -- wife, female, white, age 48, married, first at age 18, can read and write, born CT, father born England, mother born RI, speaks English
  • Ruth W. Seaver -- daughter, female, white, age 22, single, can read and write, born MA, father born MA, mother born CT, speaks English, teacher in a public school
  • Frederick W. Seaver -- son, male, white, age 18, single, can read and write, born MA, father born MA, mother born CT, speaks English
  • Edward R. Seaver -- son, male, white, age 16, single, can read and write, born MA, father born MA, mother born CT, speaks English
  • Geraldine Seaver -- daughter, female, white, age 12, single, attends public school, can read and write, born MA, father born MA, mother born CT, speaks English

During the Depression, Fred took a cut in pay at Dupont, and the bank foreclosed on the house. The family moved to an apartment on West Street in downtown Leominster.

In the 1940 United States Census, Frederick and his daughter Geraldine were enumerated at 90 Main Street in Leominster (1940 United States Census, Worcester County, Massachusetts, population schedule, Leominster: Enumeration District 14-181, Sheet 9-A, Household #202, Frederick Seaver household; online images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 12 April 2012), citing National Archives Microfilm Publication T627, Roll 1651). The census information included:

  •  Frederick Seaver  (gave the information) - Head of household, male, white, age 63, married, 2 years of high school, born Massachusetts, lived in same place in 1935, worked the last week of March 1940 (40 hours), occupation is Foreman, and Industry is Viscoloid, earned $3000 in 1939 in wages, did not make over $50 in other income. 
  •  Geraldine Seaver - Daughter, female, white, age 22, single, 4 years of college, born Massachusetts, lived in same place in 1935, worked the last week of March 1940 (35 hours), occupation is music teacher, Industry is public school, made $1100 in 1939 in wages, and over $50 in other income.

Fred retired at age 65, and died shortly thereafter of prostate cancer at the home of his daughter, Evelyn Wood, in Andover MA.

An obituary announcing the death of Frederick W. Seaver was published in the Fitchburg (Mass.) Sentinel newspaper, dated 13 March 1942, on page 9 under the "Deaths" heading (accessed on Ancestry.com):

"Frederick W. Seaver

"LEOMINSTER, March 13 -- Frederick W. Seaver, 65, of 90 Main Street, died this morning at the Lawrence General hospital. He had been visiting his daughter, Mrs. Walter Wood of Salem Depot, N.H.

"Mr. Seaver was born in Leominster. He was superintendent of the old Paton Mfg. Co. and at the time of his retirement a few years ago he was general foreman at the Doyle works. He was a member of the St. Mark's Episcopal church.

"Mr. Seaver is survived by his wife, Mrs. A. Bessie (Richardson) Seaver; four daughters, Mrs. Wood, Mrs. Bowers Fischer and Mrs. Irving Braithwaite, both of Leominster, and Miss Geraldine Seaver, a teacher in the public schools of Northampton; two sons, Edward of Keene, N.H., and Frederick Seaver of San Diego, Calif.; and a brother, Harry Seaver of Leominster."

He is buried in Evergreen Cemetery in Leominster, Massachusetts with his wife and son, Stanley Richmond Seaver.

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Frederick Walton Seaver's Timeline

1876
October 9, 1876
Leominster, Worcester County, MA
1900
June 21, 1900
Age 23
Leominster, Worcester County, MA
1901
November 9, 1901
Age 25
Leominster, Worcester County, MA
1903
March 13, 1903
Age 26
Leominster, Worcester County, MA
1905
October 20, 1905
Age 29
Fitchburg, Worcester County, MA
1907
September 9, 1907
Age 30
Fitchburg, Worcester County, MA
1911
October 15, 1911
Age 35
Fitchburg, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States
1913
August 28, 1913
Age 36
Leominster, Worcester County, MA
1917
May 18, 1917
Age 40
Leominster, Worcester County, MA
1942
March 13, 1942
Age 65
Lawrence, Essex County, MA