Thursday, September 22, 2011

Treasure Chest Thursday - Rose Anna (Noel) Seaver'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.

This week, the "treasure" is the death certificate for Rose Anna (Noel) Seaver (1897-1948) of Leominster, Massachusetts:

I obtained this death certificate by postal mail from the Leominster Town Clerk's office in 1996.

Here is the transcription of the death certificate (typed parts underlined and italic):

Commonwealth of Massachusetts
United States of America
From the records of deaths in the City of Leominster,
Massachusetts, U.S.A.
1. Date of Death:  April 24, 1948
2. Name:  Rose Anna Seaver
Maiden Name: Noel
3. Sex, and whether Single, : Female
Married, or widowed: Married
4. Age:  51 Years --- Months 9 Days
5. Color: White
6. Disease or Cause of Death:  Myocarditis, Chronic, with Myocardial Insufficiency
7. Residence: Leominster, Mass.
8. Occupation:  Housewife
9. Place of Death:  Leominster Hospital, Leominster, Mass.
10. Place of Birth: Nashua, N.H.
11. Name of Husband or Wife:  Harry C. Seaver
12. Name of Father:  Napoleon Noel
13. Name of Mother: Mary Lemoine 
14. Birthplace of Father: Canada
15. Birthplace of Mother:  Otter River, Mass.
16. Place of Interment: Evergreen Cemetery, Leominster, Mass.
I, BEVERLY J. DAVIS, 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:  5/6/38  WITNESS my hand and seal of said City, on the 7th day of November 19 96.
/s/ Beverly J. Davis, City Clerk.

Rose Anna Noel was born 15 April 1897in Nashua, New Hampshire to Napoleon and Mary (Lemoine) Noel.  She married Harry Clifton Seaver  (1885-1951) in about 1940 in Leominster. Harry and Rose had no children.   Harry Clifton Seaver was my granduncle, since he was the brother of my grandfather, Frederick Walton Seaver (1876-1942).

Before I obtained this death certificate, I did not know the full name of Harry's wife.  My discussions with my Seaver aunts and uncles told me nothing about her.  I know nothing more about the Noel family, but I wish that Harry and rose had had children because it might have been instructive and challenging to do French-Canadian research!

While Harry is not in my direct ancestral line, I wanted to obtain his death certificate, and that of his wife, in order to have the information available in my genealogy database. Besides, records like this are relatively cheap in Massachusetts - I think this one cost $3 in 1996.

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