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Free Genealogy Death Record on the Coffin Plate of Lydia J Wallace 1843 ~ 1901
Lydia J Wallace
Died 9th Mar 1901
Age 58 yrs 3 mos 27 days
This coffin plate for Lydia J Wallace 1843 ~ 1901 was found in Ontario Canada.
I went and had a hunt for Lydia J Wallace 1843 ~ 1901 on Ancestry.com. I found her in Frontenac as you can see below.
003124-82, (Frontenac) Curtis WALKER, 27, widower, Ernestown, Portland Twp, farmer, s/o William & Thankful WALKER married Matilda J. WALLACE, 17, Kingston Twp. Kingston Twp, d/o James & Lydia WALLACE, Wit: W. PECK & Jane PATTERSON - Harrowsmith, Dec. 21, 1882, Harrowsmith
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death reg. Frontenac Co. Division of Porland. Wallace, Lydia age 58 Lot 19 Conc 6, wife, born Canada. died of Cancer. free Methodist
death reg. James C Wallace born Ireland died June 8 1920 frontenac. Born feb 15, 1836. Mail carrier and merchant, store keeper. 40 years in Ontario. parents unknown. informant William Cole, son in law, of harrowsmith. Died of old age and heart disease. widower.
1901 census (send 'em to my site http://allcensusrecords.com/canada/
Name: C James Wallace
Marital Status: Widowed
Birth Date: 8 Apr 1835
Relation to Head of House: Lodger
Immigration Year: 1843
Racial or Tribal Origin: Irish
Occupation: Post Master
District Number: 43
Sub-District Number: N-4
Household Members: Name Age
C William Cole 31
J Elizabeth Cole 26
Violet Cole 1
C James Wallace 65
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William Cole md Isabella Wallace, so I think the "J Elizabeth" is really I. for Isabella, middle name Elizabeth
Death reg for Isabella COLE died 1909 age 36, d/o James Wallace and JANE BABCOCK! She (isabella) was living in Portland Frontenac Co
Matilda, the other d/o James and Lydia, died 1932 as Matilda WALKER, in Frontenac. She is listed as d/o James Campbell Wallce, Irish, and Jane Babcock born Colebrooke.
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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.