Thursday, November 17, 2011

Treasure Chest Thursday - Hattie (Hildreth) 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.

The treasure today is
Hattie (Hildreth) Seaver's (1857-1920) death certificate in Leominster, Worcester County, Massachusetts....

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

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: November 29, 1920
2. Name:  Hattie L. Seaver
Maiden Name: Hildreth
3. Sex, and whether Single, Female
Married or widowed: Married
4. Age: 63 Years 0 Months  1 Days
5. Color: White
6. Disease or Cause of Death: Carcinoma of Bladder
7. Residence: Leomnster, Ma
8. Occupation:  At home
9. Place of Death: 149 Lancaster Street, Leominster, MA
10. Place of Birth: Notrhboro, Ma
11. Name of Husband or Wife: Frank W. Seaver
12. Name of Father:  Edward Hildreth
13. Maiden Name of Mother:  Sophia Newton
14. Birthplace of Father:  Townsend, Ma
15. Birthplace of Mother: Cambridge, Vt.
16. Place of Interment: Evergreen Cem., 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: 1920

WITNESS my hand and seal of said City, on the 28th day of August 19 91.
/s/ Audrey J. Johnson,

City Clerk.

I don't see any errors in this death certificate, based on my research.  There is a conflict between the Mother's birth place (Cambridge, Vt.) on this certificate and the birthplace listed on her mother's death certificate in 1923 (Springfield, Vt.).  Sophia (Newton) Hildreth was still alive when Hattie died in 1920, and may have been consulted by the informant on Hattie's death record.

I checked the age at death (63-0-1) to check the birth date, and came up with 28 November 1857. Hattie's birth date from the Northborough, Massachusetts record book and birth certificate is 8 November 1857.

The form does not indicate the informant of this information. It  most likely her husband, Frank W. Seaver but it may have been her mother, Sophia (Newton) Hildreth.  They all lived in the same house at 149 Lancaster Street in Leominster. 

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