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Mary J Brownell
Age 5 yrs 1 mo 23 ds
This coffin plate for Mary J Brownell was found in the USA.
From the look of the coffin plate of Mary J Brownell I would say it is from the 1840s or 1850s. It is a handmade coffin plate that would have been made by a local metal worker.
I went and had a hunt for Mary J Brownell in the 1850 United States Federal Census on Ancestry.com. I found several individuals of interest as you can see below. However as Mary only lived 5 years she may have missed the census. There are many thousands of genealogy entries for the Brownell 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
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1850 United States Federal Census
Name, Home in 1850 (City,County,State) Estimated Birth Year, Birth Place.
Mary Brownell, Florida, Montgomery, NY abt 1840 New York
Mary Brownell, Hartwick, Otsego, NY abt 1850 New York
Mary Brownell, Laurens, Otsego, NY abt 1845 New York
Mary Brownell, Williamson, Wayne, NY abt 1840 New York
Mary Brownell, District 2, Graves, KY abt 1844 Kentucky
Mary Brownell, South Slipperyrock, Lawrence, PA abt 1842
Mary Brownell, Southfield, Oakland, MI abt 1842 Michigan
Mary Brownell, Chesterfield, Essex, NY abt 1842
Mary Brownell, Oppenheim, Fulton, NY abt 1845 New York
Mary A Brownell, Prattsburg, Steuben, NY abt 1843 New York
Mary A Brownell, Dartmouth, Bristol, MA abt 1849 Massachusetts
Mary A Brownell, Hartwick, Otsego, NY abt 1840 New York
Mary Ann Brownell, Wells, Bradford, PA abt 1841 Pennsylvania
Mary C Brownell, Vienna, Kennebec, ME abt 1844 Maine
Mary E Brownell, Caledonia, Livingston, NY abt 1849 New York
Mary E Brownell, Utica, Oneida, NY abt 1846 New York
Mary E Brownell, Fall River, Bristol, MA abt 1850 Massachusetts
Mary E Brownell, Providence Ward 1, Providence, RI abt 1846 Massachusetts
Mary E Brownell, Calais, Washington, ME abt 1841
Mary E Brownell, Ephratah, Fulton, NY abt 1850 New York
Mary E Brownell, Providence Ward 4, Providence, RI abt 1845 Rhode Island
Mary E Brownell, Malta, Morgan, OH abt 1850 Ohio
Mary E Brownell, Fall River, Bristol, MA abt 1844 Rhode Island
Mary E Brownell, Washington, Miami, OH abt 1847 Ohio
Mary E Brownell, Bushwick, Kings, NY abt 1841 New York
Mary E Brownell, Colrain, Franklin, MA abt 1842 Massachusetts
Mary E Brownell, Genoa, Cayuga, NY abt 1846 New York
Mary F Brownell, Schoharie, Schoharie, NY abt 1841 New York
Mary F Brownell, Troy Ward 1, Rensselaer, NY abt 1846 New York
Mary J Brownell, Menomenee, Waukesha, WI abt 1843 Wisconsin
Mary J Brownell, Williamstown, Oswego, NY abt 1845 New York
Mary J Brownell, Meredith, Delaware, NY abt 1847 New York
Mary J Brownell, Ellery, Chautauqua, NY abt 1842 New York
Mary L Brownell, Fairhaven, Bristol, MA abt 1840 Massachusetts
Mary L Brownell, Stratford, Fulton, NY abt 1842 New York
Mary R Brownell, Little Compton, Newport, RI abt 1848 Rhode Island
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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.