Thursday, July 14, 2011

Treasure Chest Thursday - Post 73: Hannah (Rich) Richmond'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 Hannah (Rich) Richmond's (1824-1911) death certificate in Putnam, Windham County,  Connecticut:

I obtained this death certificate by postal mail from the Putnam CT Town Clerk's office back in the early 1990s.

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

State of Connecticut Bureau of Vital Statistics
Medical Certificate of Death

1.  Full name of deceased:  Hannah Richmond
2.  Primary cause of death: Arterial Sclerosis  3.  Duration: many years
4.  Secondary or contributory: Old age  5.  Duration: many years
Remarks: [none]

I hereby Certify that I attended the deceased in h er last illness, and that the cause of death was as above stated.
................................ Signature  J.B. Kent
Dated  August 8th 19 11 ...  Address  Putnam

Undertaker's Certificate Personal and Statistical

1.  Full name of deceased:  Hannah Richmond
2.  Place of Death -- Putnam  Conn.
3.  Number of families in house:  One
4.  Residence at time of death:  Putnam Conn.
5.  Occupation:  Housekeeper
6.  Condition (state whether single, married, divorced or widowed)
7.  If wife, or widow, give name of husband:  James Richmond
8.  Date of death -- year: 1911, month: Aug, day: _____
9.  Date of birth -- year: 1825,  month: April, day: _____
10.  Age:  86 years, 4 months, ___ days
11.  Sex:  Female
12.  Color:  White
13.  Birthplace -- Town:  _______________ State or Country: England
14.  Father's name in full:  John Rich
15.  Father's birthplace:  Town: _______________  State or Country: _"__ [England]
16.  Mother's Maiden Name:  Rebecca Hill
17.  Mother's birthplace -- Town: ______________ State or Country: _"__ [England]
18.  Place of burial:  Putnam Ct Cemetery: Grove St.
19.  Name of informant:  Thos Richmond  Address: Putnam Ct
20.  Was body embalmed:  yes  If so name of embalmer: J.E. Rich License No. 420

Signature of Undertaker:  L. E. Smith  Address: Putnam Ct.

I find it interesting that the informant, Hannah's son Thomas Richmond, did not know his mother's birth date (14 April 1824), birthplace (Hilperton, Wiltshire in England), or her parent's birthplaces (also Hilperton, Wiltshire).  He was born in Hilperton also.  Perhaps he was not asked directly about those items.  Hannah's husband, James Richmond, was alive when Hannah died, and he would surely know unless he was too ill or demented to remember. 

One curiosity - the embalmer was probably a nephew of Hannah Rich, a son or grandson of her brother, Samuel rich, that came to America with James Richman in 1855. 

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