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Free Genealogy Death Record on the Coffin Plate of Benjamin Birdsall 1786 ~ 1818
The following Inscription Engraved on a Silver Plate, and Placed on
the Lid of the Coffin of Maj. Benjamin Birdsall
Maj. Benjamin Birdsall
US Rifle Regiment
was basely assassinated
on the 12th of July
in the 32nd year of his age
This above story is from the Berkshire Star newspaper of July 23, 1818. I did a little hunting around and put what I found below.
Are you interested in the Birdsall name in history? The Birdsall Name in History is a customized book offering a unique blend of fascinating facts, statistics and commentary about the Birdsall name. The book is part of a series of family name books in the Our Name in History collection.
In November 1818, Private James Hamilton of the United States Rifle Regiment was executed for the murder of Major Benjamin Birdsall, which had taken place in July. Before his death, Hamilton dictated his life story to Calvin Pepper who published it in New York in 1819.
According to an August 1818 story in the Detroit Gazette and October and November 1818 stories in the Cherry Valley Gazette, major Benjamin Birdsall died Sunday, July 14, 1818, after having been shot by James Hamilton, "an Irishman." The major had been with the U.S. Rifle Corps and was survived by his wife and four children. Hamilton was convicted at a trial in Albany County Court of Oyer and Terminer in October and executed the next month.
I went and had a hunt for Benjamin Birdsall in the 1810 United States Federal Census on Ancestry.com. I found several individuals of interest as you can see below. There are many thousands of genealogy entries for the Birdsall surname. If you want to have a look at them I have a link to a I suggest using the Free Trial on Ancestry.com
1810 United States Federal Census
Name, Residence (City,County,State) Year.
Benjamin Birdsall Dover, Dutchess, NY 1810
Benjamin Birdsall Brooklyn, Kings, NY 1810
Benjamin Birdsall Newburgh, Orange, NY 1810
Benjamin Birdsall Hempstead, Queens, NY 1810
Benjamin Birdsall Harrison, Westchester, NY 1810
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Coffin plates often contain birth and death dates, and sometimes the place of birth or the occupation of a deceased person.
While not technically a true vital record, coffin plates can be seen as a substitute for vital records or at the least a good clue. In the case of people who died before civil registration it might be one of the few written records genealogists will find in their hunt for that brick wall ancestor!
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Remember when searching for Coffin Plates on the net they are sometimes referred to as Coffin Plaques, Casket plates or Casket Plaques.
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