Thursday, August 4, 2011

Treasure Chest Thursday - Post 76: Edward Hildreth's Death Certificate

It's Treasure Chest Thursday - time to look in my digital image files to see what treasures I can find for my family history and genealogy musings.

The treasure today is
Edward Hildreth's (1831-1899) death certificate in Leominster, Worcester County, Massachusetts....

I obtained this death certificate in person at the Leominster Town Hall (on election day - they were really busy!). 

Here is the transcription of the death certificate (typed parts in italics, form lines underlined):

Commonwealth of Massachusetts
From the Records of Deaths in the City of Leominster, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
1.  Date of Death:  April 26, 1899
2.  Name:  Edward Hildreth
Maiden Name:  [blank]
3.  Sex, and whether Single,  Male
Married or widowed:  Married
4.  Age:  68  Years  11 Months  26 Days
5.  Color: White
6.  Disease or Cause of Death:  Cerebral Apoplexy
7.  Residence:  Leominster, MA
8.  Occupation:  Machinist
9.  Place of Death:  Leominster, MA
10.  Place of Birth:  Townsend, MA
11.  Name of Husband or Wife:  Not Listed
12.  Name of Father:  Zacharriah Hildreth
13.  Maiden Name of Mother:  Hannah ?Not Listed14.  Birthplace of Father:  Townsend, MA
15.  Birthplace of Mother:  Not Listed
16.  Place of Interment:  Evergreen Cemetery, Leominster, MA
I, AUDREY J. JOHNSON, depose and say that I hold the office of City Clerk of the City of Leominster, County of Worcester and Commonwealth of Massachusetts, that the records of Births, Marriages and Deaths required by law to be kept in said City are in my custody, and that the above is a true extract from the records of Deaths in said City, as certified by me.

Date of Recording: 1899  WITNESS my hand and seal of said City, on the 17th day of September 19 90.
/s/ Audrey J. Johnson, City Clerk.

I wonder who provided this information to the town clerk?  Edward's wife was Sophia (Newton) Hildreth, and either she or her daughter, Harriet (Hildreth) Seaver, must have been the informant.  Edward's wife's name was not provided.  Edward's mother's maiden surname was not provided.  Sophia may not have known her husband's mother's maiden name and birthplace.  I would not be surprised if Harriet did not know her grandmother's maiden name and birthplace. 

The birth date of Edward calculates to 30 April 1831, which matches the other information I have.

The only "new" information on this certificate for me is the cause of death. 

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