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Free Genealogy Death Record on the Coffin Plate of James Rutherford 1819 ~ 1891
Died March 30th 1891
Aged 72 yrs 10 mths 15 dys
This coffin plate for James Rutherford 1819 ~ 1891 was found in Ontario Canada with the coffin plate of Peter Rutherford.
I did some reasearch on the family to put on line with the coffin plate.
I found the death certificate for James.
James Rutherford, Carleton Co 1891, Osgood Township
James Rutherford, Farmer, Born Perthshire Scotland, Age 72, Died 30th Mar 1891,
Son Daniel Rutherford of Osgood was the informant.
In the 1881 census I found the following.
1881 census Osgood, Russel Co.
James Rutherford 82 Born Scotland
Eliz Rutherford 82 Born Scotland
Daniel Rutherford 38 Born Scotland
Alexander Rutherford 23 Born Ontario
Jessie Rutherford 20 Born Ontario
Christie Rutherford 15 Born Ontario
James son Alexander went on to become the first Premier of Alberta.
I have not yet found out how the cofin plate of Peter Rutherford fits in to this family
From his date of birth 1841 he could be a son of James Rutherford that had was no longer living at home in 1881. I did find his death certificate but it states that he was born in Ottawa Canada and this is a problem for him being a son of James.
Peter Rutherford, Kent County, Ontario, City of Chatham. Age 60 yrs, died 23 Nov 1901, Living King St, City, Law clerk, Single, Born Ottawa, Died of Dropsy.
Died Nov 23rd 1901
Aged 60 years
I found a death certificate for Daniel Rutherford.
Daniel Rutherford, Carleton 17th Jan 1926, Age 81, Born Scotland, 70 years in Canada, Father James, Mother Elizabeth Cameron, Son James of Ormond was the informant, Buried in Ormond Cemetery.
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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.