Thursday, July 28, 2011

Treasure Chest Thursday - Post 75: Harry 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
Harry Seaver's (1885-1951) death certificate in Leominster, Worcester County, 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:  May 22, 1951
2.  Name:  Harry C. Seaver
Maiden Name:  [blank]
3.  Sex, and whether Single, : Male
Married, or widowed:  Widowed
4.  Age:  68 Years --- Months --- Days
5.  Color:  White
6.  Disease or Cause of Death:  Acute Myocardial Failure
7.  Residence:  Leominster, Mass.
8.  Occupation:  Janitor
9.  Place of Death:  14 Monument Square, Leominster, Mass.
10.  Place of Birth:  Leominster, Mass.
11.  Name of Husband or Wife:  Rose Neel
12.  Name of Father:  Frank W. Seaver
13.  Name of Mother:  Harriet L. Hildreth
14.  Birthplace of Father: Westminster, Mass.
15.  Birthplace of Mother:  Northboro, 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:  1951  WITNESS my hand and seal of said City, on the 7th day of November 19 96.
/s/ Beverly J. Davis, City Clerk.

Harry Clifton Seaver was born 31 March 1885 in Leominster, Massachusetts to Frank Walton and Hattie (Hildreth) Seaver.  He was the brother of my grandfather, Frederick Walton Seaver (1876-1942).  He married Rose Anna Noel (1897-1948) in about 1940 in Leominster.  Harry and Rose had no children. 

There are no surprises in the data above.  The only errors I notice are his age (actually 66, not 68) and the last name of his wife (Noel, not Neel).  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.  I see that I need to order his marriage certificate.

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