Thursday, July 1, 2010

Treasure Chest Thursday - Della (Smith) Carringer's Death Certificate

It's Treasure Chest Thursday - time to share another genealogy jewel from my collection of stuff.

This week, it is the Death Certificate of Della (Smith) Carringer (1862-1944) in San Diego, San Diego County, California on 1 January 1944.

This is a death certificate created very near the date of death, presumably typed by the Department of Public Health Registrar in San Diego County, and signed by him on 7 January 1944.

Items I learned from this death certificate:
* Della died at home at 2115 30th Street in San Diego. She had resided in the county and in the state for 55 years [actually 56].
* Her birthdate was 11 April 1862, and she was born in Rolling Prairie, Dodge County, Wisconsin to parents Devier I. Smith and Abbey A. Vaux. [Father was Devier J. Smith]
* Her husband's name was Henry Austin Carringer, and he was 90 years old at the time of her death.
* She was cremated on 8 January 1944 at Cypress View Crematory. The Funeral Director was Benbough Funeral Parlor at 711 Date Street in San Diego.
* She died on 1 January 1944 at 5:10 p.m.
* The immediate cause of death was chronic myocarditis occlusion.
* The medical doctor was Julio Paex, who first attended her on 21 December 1943.

Della was one of my great-grandmothers. The only new information on this death certificate, for me, was the death time, the place of cremation and funeral service, and the cause of death. There are several errors on this certificate, including her given name (which was Abbie Ardell Smith if you believe the Smith Bible records).

If I go down to the San Diego County Recorder's office next week and obtain a death certificate for Della, I don't think that all of the above information will be on the certificate.

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