Thursday, April 9, 2015

Treasure Chest Thursday - Post 257: 1847 Death Record of Josiah Sawtell of Townsend, Mass.

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 the  1847 death record of my 4th great-grandfather, Josiah Sawtell, in Townsend, Massachusetts:

The snip of the Josiah Sawtell record:

The extracted information from this record is:

*  Date of registration:  25 December 1847
*  Name:  Josiah Sawtell
*  Sex:  Male
*  Age:  80 years
*  Occupation:  Farmer
*  Date of Death:  7 December 1847
*  Cause of death:  Old age
*  Birthplace:  Brookline N.H.
*  Name of parents:  a Pauper

The source citation for this record is:

"Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841-1915," indexed database and digital images, New England Historic Genealogical Society, American Ancestors ( : accessed 12 August 2011), Deaths, Volume 33, Page 88, Townsend, Josiah Sawtell entry; citing original entries in the Massachusetts Archives.

There are no real surprises in this death record.  The names of the parents are not given - perhaps the informant did not know them.  He apparently died a pauper of "old age."

Josiah Sawtell (1768-1847) is my 4th great-grandfather, the son of Ephraim and Ann (Stone) Sawtell.  He married Hannah Smith in 1789 in Brookline, N.H.  They had nine children, including my third great-grandmother, Hannah Sawtell (1789-1857), who married Zachariah Hildreth (1783-1857).  

Copyright (c) 2015, Randall J. Seaver

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