Thursday, September 2, 2010

Treasure Chest Thursday - Alma Bessie (Richmond) Seaver's Death Certificate

It's Treasure Chest Thursday - time to display a document or artifact from my boxes of family treasures.

The death certificate of my grandmother, Alma Bessie (Richmond) Seaver (1882-1962) from the records of Leminster, Massachusetts was in the box of treasures passed down from my Aunt Geraldine (Seaver) Remley, who was her youngest child:

The nest thing is that every line is filled out, and it is very readable, being typed. The information includes:

1. Date of Death = June 29, 1962
2. Name, and Maiden Name = Alma Bessie (Richmond) Seaver, Richmond
3. Sex, and whether Single, Married or widowed = Female, Widowed
4. Age = 80 Years, 4 Months, 13 Days
5. Color = White
6. Disease or Cause of Death = Carcinoma of Gall Bladder
7. Residence = Leominster, Mass
8. Occupation - Ret. Piano Teacher
9. Place of Death = Leominster Hospital, Leominster, Mass
10. Place of Birth = Killingly, Conn.
11. Name of Husband or wife = Frederick W. Seaver
12. Name of Father = Thomas Richmond
13. Name of Mother, (Maiden Name) = Julia White, White
14. Birthplace of Father = Liverpool, England
15. Birthplace of Mother = Connecticut
16. Place of Interment = Evergreen Cemetery, Leominster, Mass

The death certificate was obtained, presumably by the family, from the Leominster City Clerk on 12 November 1965.

If I was looking for the birth date (calculated from age at death), birth place, parents names, cause of death and place of interment of this person, this death certificate would provide many excellent leads. The only item that is wrong on the certificate, to my knowledge, is the birthplace of her father, Thomas Richmond - it is Hilperton in Wiltshire, rather than Liverpool, which is the port of departure for Thomas Richman in 1856.

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