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Capt Webber Samuel Seavey
Birth: May 5, 1841
East Machias
Washington County
Maine, USA
Death: Dec. 28, 1918
King County
Washington, USA

WEBBER SAMUEL SEAVEY was born May 05, 1841 in East Macias, Washington County, ME, and died December 28, 1918 in Seattle, King County, WA. He served in the Civil War, mustering out as Captain in 1865. He began military service on 1 Jan 1862 enlisting in Company H, Fifth Iowa Calvary Volunteers. He continued his military service, re-enlisting in Company H, Fifth Iowa Calvary on 2 Jan 1864. He fought in the battle of Jonesborough, GA on 31 Aug 1864 and was taken prisoner. He was imprisoned at both Andersonville and Macon prisons, successfully escaping from each. He ended military service on 11 Aug 1865 in Nashville, Davidson Cty, TN, being honorably discharged.

He married HARRIET WILSON Nov 29, 1866 In Polk Co, WI and had two sons, Cliff and Lawrence. He may or may not have been married, but most certainly kept intimate company with Grace Isadore Thornhill Paddock Seavey, who drowned during a flood in New Zealand; they met in Santa Barbara, CA while he was serving as City Marshall and they apparently traveled together from there, ending up in New Zealand 1879-1884, each leaving a spouse in Santa Barbara. After Grace passed away, he married Rachel Elizabeth Goodisson on 18 Jun 1885 in Napier, New Zealand. Presumably they divorced as she later remarried and had children.

After leaving New Zealand he ultimately made his way to Omaha, NE where he was appointed that City's first Chief of Police on 29 May 1887. He married LILLA (LILA) BUFKIN DOOLEY HOLLENBECK, daughter of John Bufkin Dooley and Sarah A Pettett, on 26 Jan 1888 in Courtland, Gage Cty, NE. He and Lilla B Dooley were divorced in Oct 1899 in Denver, Denver Cty, CO. Lilla was born February 1863 in Iowa, and died 1903 in Denver, Denver County, CO. Lilla is buried in Omaha, NE. They had one daughter, MILDRED JOAN SEAVEY, born Omaha NE January 5, 1894 d. January 05, 1979, Roswell, New Mexico.

He married DELLA E. JOHNSON October 10, 1901. She was born 1881 in Missouri.

Webber Seavey served as City Marshall in the City of Santa Barbara CA ca 1875-1879 and Chief of Police in Omaha NE 1887-1895, resigning on 20 May 1895. While serving as Omaha's first Chief of Police, he helped found and served as the first President of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) in 1893, which still annually selects recipients for the Webber Seavey Quality in Law Enforcement Award; he later served as a Detective and Manager of the Thiel Detective Agency in Seattle WA, taking part in the successful hunt and capture of Bill Miner, aka the Grey Fox.

He died on 28 Dec 1918 in Seattle, King Cty, WA at age 77

Residence Hudson NE; 20 years old.
Enlisted on 1/1/1862 as a Private.
On 1/9/1862 he mustered into "H" Co. IA 5th Cavalry
He Re-enlisted on 1/2/1864
He was Mustered Out on 8/11/1865 at Nashville, TN
* 4th Sergt 1/15/1862
* Qtr Master Serg 3/1/1862
* 1st Sergt 8/1/1862
* Capt 12/20/1864

credit to Denise Ottoson for portions of this information
Thanks so much to Karen Sipe for "unearthing" Great-Grandpa Webber's plaque in order to get a photo for this memorial page. 
Family links: 
  Phoebe Harmon Seavey (1802 - 1847)
  Grace Isadore Thornhill Seavey (1847 - 1884)
  Lilla B Dooley Seavey (1863 - 1903)
  Lawrence Webber Seavey (____ - 1947)*
  Clifford Grant Seavey (1868 - 1926)*
  Mildred Joan Seavey (Drane) Powers (1894 - 1979)*
*Calculated relationship
Evergreen-Washelli Memorial Park
King County
Washington, USA
Maintained by: Lisa Cava
Originally Created by: Carolyn Farnum
Record added: May 06, 2001
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Capt Webber Samuel Seavey
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Capt Webber Samuel Seavey
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Capt Webber Samuel Seavey
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