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Free Genealogy Death Record on the Coffin Plate of Roy A Chafin 1888 ~ 1889
Roy A Chafin
Died Feb 13th 1889
Aged 5 Months
This coffin plate for Roy A Chafin 1888 ~ 1889 was found in Worcester, Mass United States.
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As poor little Roy died so young he missed the census. So I went and had a hunt for Massachusetts Chafins in the 1880 United States Federal Census on Ancestry.com. I found several individuals of interest as you can see below. Now we do not know for sure that Roy was from Mass. Just because his coffin plate was found in Mass does not mean that he was from that state. There are many thousands of genealogy entries for the Chafin surname on Ancestry. 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.
1880 United States Federal Census
Name, Parents or spouse, Home in 1880 (City,County,State) Est.Birth Year, Birthplace, Relation.
Fredrich J Chafin Martha A Chafin Westfield, Hampden, MA <1850> Massachusetts Self
Prentis H Chafin Maria T Chafin Westfield, Hampden, MA <1826> Vermont Self
Martha A Chafin Fredrich J Chafin Westfield, Hampden, MA <1855> Vermont Wife
Maria T Chafin Prentis H Chafin Westfield, Hampden, MA <1828> Vermont Wife
Harry P Chafin Fredrich J Chafin,
Martha A Chafin Westfield, Hampden, MA <1879> Massachusetts Son
Julia G Chafin Prentis H Chafin,
Maria T Chafin Westfield, Hampden, MA <1868> Massachusetts Daughter
Arthur P Chafin Prentis H Chafin,
Maria T Chafin Westfield, Hampden, MA <1870> Massachusetts Son
Wm. H. Chafin Georgianna Chafin Boston, Suffolk, MA <1848> NEW FOUNDLAND Self
Georgianna Chafin Alphieus Emmons,
Wm. H. Chafin Boston, Suffolk, MA <1845> Maine Wife
Wm. H. Chafin Wm. H. Chafin,
Georgianna Chafin Boston, Suffolk, MA <1876> Maine Son
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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.