This week's Treasure is the 1887 death record for Sophia (Auble) Hulse in Blairstown, New Jersey:
The extracted information for this record is (handwritten information in italics):
1. Full name of deceased: Sophia Hulse
widow of Seth2. Age: 82 years 7 months
3. Color: White Occupation:
5. Birthplace: Hunterdon Co. N.J.
6. Last Place of Residence: Blairstown
7. How Long Resident in this State: Life
8. Place of Death: Blairstown, Warren Co.
9. Father's Name: John Auble Country of birth: U.S.A.
10. Mother's Name: Ann Rowe Country of Birth: U.S.A
11. I hereby certify that I attended the deceased during the
last illness and that she died on the 1st
day of May 1887; and that the cause of death
was Paralysis (Hemoplegia)
Length of sickness: 16 days
Jno. C. Johnson M.D.
Name of Undertaker: Read Pullis [?]
Residence of Undertaker: Blairstown
Place of Burial: Union Brick Cem.
The source citation for this record is:
State of New Jersey, Bureau of Vital Statistics, Death Certificates and Indexes, 1878-1955, Certificate and Record of Death, Certificate #H-59, Place #95 (Warren County), Sophia Hulse, 1 May 1887; New Jersey State Archives, Trenton.
Previously, I had found the death date of Sophia (Auble) Hulse in a Find A Grave memorial, and an index entry in the New Jersey Deaths and Burials collection on FamilySearch.
New Jersey resident and expert researcher Michelle Tucker Chubenko read my blog post, Making Progress on My Auble Cousins -- Post 5: The Sophia Auble Challenges Part 1 (posted 5 May 2016), and realized that the death record above would be in the New Jersey State Archives in Trenton. Recently, Michelle visited the Archives for her own research, and decided to look for some of my Auble folks. She found this record, and sent the image to me, along with the source citation noted above. THANK YOU, Michelle!!!
The death record says that Sophia Hulse was age 82 years 7 months at death, which translates to a birth year of late 1804. Census records indicate a birth year of 1805 to 1811.
In my blog post about Sophia (Auble) (Foster) Hulse, I concluded that Sophia was the daughter of my 3rd great-grandparents, John and Ann (Row) Auble. This death record confirms that (although it spells Ann's maiden name differently). This is direct evidence that answers the question "Who were the parents of Sophia (Auble) (Foster) Hulse?" Because the information was provided by an unknown person (probably her daughter, Euphemia), well after the birth of Sophia, the Information is Secondary. Because the record is an official state document, it can be considered as an Original Source.
So my conclusion about Sophia's parents, drawn earlier before I had this record, was correct, and now I have confirmation of the conclusion in an official state record. This may be the only source for the parents of Sophia (Auble) (Foster) Hulse.
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