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Free Genealogy Death Record on the Coffin Plates of George A Briggs and John Burton Briggs
George A Briggs
Age 21 Yrs 4 Mos 19 Dys
Died Feb 6th 1871
John Burton Briggs
Died Feb25th 1871
Aged 18 Yrs 11 Mas 5 Dys
I went and had a hunt for George A Briggs and John Burton Briggs in the OneWorldTree on Ancestry.com. I found them as you can see below. There are many thousands of genealogy entries for the Briggs surname. If you want to have a look at them I have a link to a FREE TRIAL at Ancestry.com at the bottom of this page.
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Whitford Sullivan Briggs
Born: 23 Jun 1823
Stephentown, Rensselaer, New York, USA
Died: 19 Feb 1869
Providence, Providence, Rhode Island, USA
Sarah A Lillibridge
Born: 27 Mar 1828 in Stephentown, Rensselaer, New York, USA
Died: 11 Nov 1871 in Providence, Providence, Rhode Island, USA
Marriage: 10 Oct 1842 in [city], [county], Rhode Island, USA
Children, Sex, Birth Date.
Hattie Myra Briggs F
Meretis B Briggs M
Reynolds W Briggs M 28 Mar 1845 in W Greenwich, Kent County, Rhode Island, USA
Cynthis S Briggs F 9 Mar 1847 in West Greewich, Kent County, Rhode Island, USA
George A Briggs M 18 Sep 1849
John Burton Briggs M 20 Mar 1852 in W Greenwich, Kent County, Rhode Island, USA
Hannah B Briggs F 17 Jan 1854 in West Greenwich, Kent, Rhode Island, USA
Martin V Briggs M 13 Nov 1855 in West Greenwich, Kent, Rhode Island, USA
Mintus Beecher Briggs F 1 Oct 1857 in West Greewich, Kent County, Rhode Island, USA
Mintus Beecher Briggs M 1 Oct 1857
Meretis Briggs F 5 Feb 1859
Whitford L Briggs M 5 Feb 1859
Mintus Beecher Briggs M 6 Mar 1860
Lillian B Briggs F 24 Apr 1861 in West Greenwich, Kent, Rhode Island, USA
Harriet Almira Briggs F 18 Apr 1863 in West Greenwich, Kent, Rhode Island, USA
Ev Lee Briggs F 18 Jan 1866
E V Briggs M 18 Jan 1866
Er Lee Briggs M 18 Jan 1866 in West Greewich, Kent County, Rhode Island, USA
Briggs M 17 Feb 1868
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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!
If you want to know more about what things qualify as a true Vital Records there is a good article at the Olive Tree.
Remember when searching for Coffin Plates on the net they are sometimes referred to as Coffin Plaques, Casket plates or Casket Plaques.