This week's Treasure is the 1902 Death Certificate for James A. Smith (1833-1902) in Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan:
Information extracted from this death record includes:
* City: Detroit; * County: Wayne; * No.: 389 Cass Ave.
* Full Name: James A. Smith * Date of Death: 4 - 5 - 1902
* Sex: Male; * Color: White; * Marital Status: Married
* If married, age at (first) marriage: 32 years * Age: 69 years 0 months 0 days
* Parent of 2 children of whom 2 are living * Date of Birth: 1833
* Occupation: Traveling Salesman * Birthplace: Massachusetts
* Name of Father: Jas. Smith * Birthplace of Father: Mass.
* Maiden Name of Mother: Elizabeth Dill * Birthplace of Mother: Mass.
* Date of Burial: Apr 7 1902 * Place of burial: Woodmen
* Signature of Undertaker: Wm R Hamilton * Address of Undertaker: Detroit
* Informant: Mrs. Jas. A. Smith * Address: 389 Cass Ave.
* Cause of Death: Heart Disease
The source citation for this record is:
"Death Records, 1897-1920," online database, Seeking Michigan (http://seekingmichigan.org/), Transcript of Certificate of Death, Wayne County, 1902, No. 1448, James A. Smith entry (http://seekingmichigan.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/singleitem/collection/p129401coll7/id/488832/rec/6).
James A. Smith is the son of my third great-grandparents, Alpheus and Elizabeth (Dill) Smith, and the brother of my 2nd great-grandmother Lucretia Smith (1828-1884). He married Annie Eliza Stewart in 1864, and they had two daughters, Annie Lucretia Smith (1864-????) and Grace Louisa Smith (1866-1959). The two daughters are my first cousin three times removed.
The only obvious error in this record is the name of the father - it should be Alpheus Smith, not James Smith. The informant surely had never met her father-in-law and may have forgotten or not known his name.