Thursday, October 26, 2023

Treasure Chest Thursday -- 1864 Death Record of Amy Frances (Oatley) White (1826-1864) in Norwich, Connecticut

 I looked in my digital image files to see what treasures I can find for my family history and genealogy musings for Treasure Chest Thursday.

The treasure today is the 1864 death record of Amy Frances (Oatley) White in the Norwich, Connecticut Town Records:

The death record is the second record at the top of  the left-hand page:

The extraction of this death record is:

*  Date:  November 12 1864
*  Disease or cause of death:  Stran^? U?? Hernia
*  Name:  Amy Frances White Oatley 
*  Age:   38 0  0
*  Color:  W[hite]
*  Birthplace:  Kingston R.I.
*  Last Occupation:  Housewife
*  Residence:  do [Norwich]
*  Single, married or widowed:  Married 

The source citation for this  death record is:

Norwich, Conn., Registrar of Vital Statistics, Records of Births, Marriages and Deaths, 1640-1921, Family History Library (Salt Lake City, Utah), on 10 microfilm rolls, accessed on FHL US/CAN Microfilm 1,311,436, Deaths, pg. 257, image 648 of 941, Amy Frances White death record, 12 Nov 1864.

This record is probably a Derivative Source, copied neatly into a record book at an unknown time, with Primary Information and Direct Evidence for the death of Amy Frances White in Norwich, Connecticut on 12 November 1864.

Amy Frances Oatley (1826-1864) was born in 1826 in South Kingstown, Rhode Island, the daughter of Jonathan and Amy (Champlin) Oatley.  Amy married Henry Arnold White (1824-1885) on 30 June 1844 in Thompson, Connecticut.  They had six children between 1845 and 1860.  Amy died 12 November 1864 in Norwich, Connecticut.

The Henry White family resided in East Killingly, Windham County, Connecticut in the 1860s, but Amy died in Norwich, New London County, Connecticut.  The places are separated by only 37 miles.  Why was she in Norwich?  I cannot identify an Oatley or White close relative who lived in Norwich in the 1860 and 1870 census records.  Perhaps Amy was visiting a friend or neighbor who had moved to Norwich.  She was only 38 years old.  

I think that the cause of death was a "strangulated umbilical hernia."  I looked it up on Wikipedia, and the small intestine may have been trapped within the umbilical muscle ring adjacent to the belly button.  It occurs in adults but is much more rare than in babies.

Henry Arnold and Amy Frances (Oatley) White are my 2nd great-grandparents.  I am descended through their daughter, Julia E. White (1848-1913), who married Thomas Richmond (1848-1917) in 1868. 


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