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This coffin plate for Samuel Bicknell was found in California USA. Submited by Thomas Roberts. Thanks Thomas. From the style of this coffin plate we can tell it is from the 1850s or 1860s. This would give Samuel a birth date of the 1770s or 1780s.
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I went and had a hunt for Samuel Bicknell in the 1850 United States Federal Census on Ancestry.com. I found several individuals of interest as you can see below. There are many thousands of genealogy entries for the Bicknell 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
1850 United States Federal Census
Name, Home in 1850
(City,County,State) Estimated birth year, Birth Place.
Saml Bicknell, District 9, Blount, TN abt 1847 Tennessee
Saml Bicknell, District 17, Blount, TN abt 1785 Virginia
Saml Bicknell, Hopkinton, Middlesex, MA abt 1822 Massachusetts
Saml T Bicknell, District 9, Blount, TN abt 1817 Tennessee
Samuel Bicknell, Fulton, Lancaster, PA abt 1812 Pennsylvania
Samuel Bicknell, Madison, Somerset, ME abt 1850 Maine
Samuel Bicknell, Ashford, Windham, CT abt 1773 Connecticut
Samuel Bicknell, Ashford, Windham, CT abt 1814 Connecticut
Samuel Bicknell, Bloomfield, Somerset, ME abt 1816 Massachusetts
Samuel Bicknell, Quincy, Norfolk, MA abt 1774 Massachusetts
Samuel J Bicknell, Fulton, Lancaster, PA abt 1838 Pennsylvania
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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.