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 Grace Isadore “Gracie” <I>Thornhill</I> Seavey

Grace Isadore “Gracie” Thornhill Seavey

Death 5 Sep 1884 (aged 36–37)
New Zealand
Burial Woodville, Tararua District, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand
Plot 13 - BLOCK 21
Memorial ID 39650477 · View Source
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Grace was 37

she was the 'wife' (perhaps only common-law) of Charles L. Paddock of Santa Barbara in 1880 when she left him to 'elope' with Webber Samuel Seavey to Honolulu, then New Zealand. He also left a wife & child, see last link

The bodies of the two women, Mrs McKenzie and Mrs Seavey, who were drowned during Tuesday night, were found yesterday four miles from where the mishap occurred.
Mrs Seavey's body was still clinging to the raft.
- Mrs Mckenzie was the wife of a well-known Dunedin contractor who was visiting Mrs Seavey who was an ex resident of Dunedin*

The bodies of both Mrs McKenzie and Mrs Seavey, who were drowned at Woodville in the recent floods there, have been recovered
Mrs McKenzies body will be brought to Dunedin for interment
Webber was Lisa's great grandfather
she added to his bio on 13-8-2010:
... It is unknown if Webber and Grace Isadore "Seavey" were ever really married. They met in Santa Barbara, CA and traveled from there 1879-1884, each leaving a spouse, and lived in New Zealand for a time where she was drowned in a flood.
Addtl Info: Webber Samuel Seavey was born on 15 May 1841 in Crawford Twp, Washington Cty, ME. He began military service on 1 Jan 1862 enlisting in Company H, Fifth Iowa Calvary Volunteers.[i]
He continued his military service, re-enlisting in Company H, Fifth Iowa Calvary on 2 Jan 1864.[ii]
He fought in the battle of Jonesborough, GA on 31 Aug 1864 and was taken prisioner. He was imprisoned at Andersonville prison in Georgia. He ended military service on 11 Aug 1865 in Nashville, Davidson Cty, TN, being honorably discharged. He married Harriet Wilson on 29 Nov 1866.[iii]
He served as town Marshall in Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara Cty, CA, from about 1875 to about 1879. He married Grace Isadore Thornhill. He married Rachel Elizabeth Goodisson on 18 Jun 1885 in Napier, New Zealand. He was appointed Chief of Police for Omaha, NE on 29 May 1887. He married Lilla B Dooley, daughter of John Bufkin Dooley and Sarah A Pettett, on 26 Jan 1888 in Courtland, Gage Cty, NE.[iv]
He applied for a miltary pension in 1888, having lost the hearing in his right ear in the battle of Jonesborough.[v]
He helped organize the first Chiefs of Police Union in May 1893 in Chicago, IL and served as its first president. He resigned as Chief of Police in Omaha, NE on 20 May 1895.[vi],[vii]
He and Lilla B Dooley were divorced in Oct 1899 in Denver, Denver Cty, CO.[viii]
He married Della E Johnson on 10 Oct 1901.[ix]
He died on 28 Dec 1918 in Seattle, King Cty, WA at age 77.[x]

... to add a little more to the above and assist other Webber Samuel Seavy researchers:
their LIFE in NEW ZEALAND 1880-1886

Family Members



There is a discrepancy between the original records and the epitaph on the grave marker.
The middle name differs.

Headstone Inscription:
Grace E. Seavey, aged 37.
Tragically taken in the Manawatu river along with Christina McKenzie during the construction of the rail/road bridge at Ngawapatua.
3rd Sept. 1884.

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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Grace Isadore “Gracie” Thornhill Seavey (1847–5 Sep 1884), Find A Grave Memorial no. 39650477, citing Old Gorge Cemetery, Woodville, Tararua District, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand ; Maintained by pkg (contributor 46968786) .