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Selma M Severson nee Butterfield Need help please!

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Selma M Severson nee Butterfield Need help please!

Posted: 25 Apr 2011 11:40PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Butterfield/Severson
I am writing this note to see if maybe a new set of eyes can help me with a major problem in my family tree. I have a grandaunt that was named Selma Mathilda Severson, the daughter of Zachrias and Mary Severson. She married a Harrison Clark Butterfield on 9/18/1910. She died just ten years later at the young age of 33....here is all I could find in the Eau Claire Leader on Ancestry.com:


Eau Claire Leader Telegram:

Butterfield Mrs. Harry 1920-08-07 Dies at age 33 leaving four small children. 601 Lake. This is the Severson home that was on the corner of 6th Avenue and Lake Street. It was torn down by my grandparents when they built 618 6th Avenue.

So she died at home shortly after giving birth to a still born baby that was delivered on July 27, 1920. I will now tell you what I have noted about finding a death cert for Selma...

"I have twiced looked thru all of the death records in Eau Claire and there is no Death Certificate for Selma. But, the baby that died 7/27/1920, was still born and it stated on it's death certifcate ( which it is not suppose to have) "stillborn 6 1/2 months born premature due to inflmatory process in the abdomen." It had to be Selma's abdomen, they did not do a autopsy on stillborns. She had to have died at the sme time. "

So there was a DC for this baby, but not her....also her first born was vigilant about going to her grave on her birthday, he told his family that he went to see her on her birthday as a grown man ( do not know the year) and the "grave was gone" . He supposedly told his family that they had resold the plot. I am double checking which cemetery he went to. There is a blank space by her husband Harrison Butterfield, in Forest Hills Cemetery, but I have yet to find if she is listed being buried there. I do know that where her parents are buried in Lake View ....her husband was known to be extremely abusive.....I am looking for any info on where she was buried, which funeral home took care of her...etc....it seems a real shame that there is no final info on this poor woman. Thank you very much! Sandy

Only census where she is married:

1920 United States Federal Census
about Selma M Butterfield
Name: Selma M Butterfield
[Selma M Severson]
Home in 1920: Eau Claire Ward 7, Eau Claire, Wisconsin
Age: 32
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1888
Birthplace: Wisconsin
Relation to Head of House: Daughter
Spouse's Name: Harry C Butterfield
Father's name: S Severson
Father's Birth Place: Norway
Mother's Birth Place: Norway
Marital Status: Married
Race: White
Sex: Female
Able to read: Yes
Able to Write: Yes
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members: Name Age
S Severson 78 ( Zachrius/Sacrius)
Fridtahof Severson 22
Harry C Butterfield 32
[22]
Selma M Butterfield 32 *****************
Sevren D 11
Beverly D Butterfield 4
[4 4/12]
Margary G Butterfield 2
[2 4/12]
Harriet C Butterfield 1
[1 4/12]


SubjectAuthorDate Posted
sandymcclay 26 Apr 2011 5:40AM GMT 
tdowling_5322... 26 Apr 2011 6:46AM GMT 
sandymcclay 26 Apr 2011 7:53PM GMT 
Arletta Rud 26 Feb 2013 7:00PM GMT 
Neetz 27 Feb 2013 3:12PM GMT 
sandymcclay 27 Feb 2013 4:58PM GMT 
Neetz 27 Feb 2013 7:31PM GMT 
sandymcclay 27 Feb 2013 10:20PM GMT 
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