Causes of death

You may know that one fact listed on a person’s death certificate is the cause of death.   This fact is just another aspect of your ancestor that you can discover when doing your family history.

The family tree software I have has a “find” tool that allows me to search for particular words within any of the data entered.

I decided to do a few searches for specific causes of death which I remember seeing on the death certificates which I have so far, to see how many of my own direct ancestors died from things like “Old age” or “Bronchitis”, as examples.

When searching for “Old age” in the family tree, there were 2 results:

Alice Harrington (1752 – 1844) and Margaret Low/Law (1788 – 1875).

Doing a search for “Bronchitis” produced 14 results:

Emily Shaw (1842 – 1930) also “heart” see below, Isabella Wilson (1827 – 1913) also “heart” see below, John Wilson (father of Isabella) (1806 – 1891), Elizabeth Artless/Hartless (1797 – 1864), Henry Burrows (1787 – 1871), Mary Holmes (1852 – 1912) also “heart” see below, Elizabeth Roughley (wife of Henry Burrows)(1790 – 1855), John Walter Chapman (1837 – 1895) also “Asthma” see below, Theresa Traverse/Travis (1879 – 1963), Elizabeth Jones (1822 – 1878), Mary Hill (1849 – 1917) also “heart” see below, Mary Pusil (1792 – 1856), Elizabeth Tickle/Tittle (1791 – 1861) and Nicholas Wright (1830 – 1862).

There were 3 people who died from “Asthma

James Roden (1789 – 1846), Walker Harrison (1779 – 1841), John Walter Chapman (1837 – 1895) also “bronchitis” see above.

There are 15 deaths associated with problems related to the “heart” recorded in the family tree:

John Coxhead (1782 – 1861), maternal grandfather (1926 – 2005), Elizabeth Pimm/Pym (1839 – 1919), Ann Wright (1896 – 1984), Harriet Elizabeth Thomas (mother of maternal grandfather) (1892 – 1974), John Hough (1821 – 1892), George Stockton (1833 – 1891), John Coxhead (1855 – 1911), Emily Shaw (1842 – 1930) also “bronchitis” see above, Abraham Richards (1814 – 1873), Isabella Wilson (1827 – 1913) also “bronchitis” see above, Mary Holmes (1852 – 1912) also “bronchitis” see above, Elizabeth Francis (1859 – 1927), Mary Hill (1849 – 1917) also “bronchitis” see above, Ann Hough (daughter of John) (1850 – 1903)

Bronchitis and heart problems do seem to have caused a lot of the deaths over the span of the family tree that I have managed to see a cause of death for.  Indeed, on at least 4 occasions they have both been listed as the cause of death of ancestors.

 

 

 

 

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