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Free Death Record on the Coffin Plate of William J Custance
William J Custance
Aged 80 years 6 months
Note: This coffin plate was found in Scarborough, Maine. From the style of the plate I would think William died about 1910 give or take 10 years. So if you take 1910 and take off 80 years that gives William a birth date of 1830.
I went and had a hunt for William J Custance in the United States Federal Census records on Ancestry.com. I found several individuals of interest as you can see below. There are many thousands of genealogy entries for the Custance surname. 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.
William Custance Clara Custance Rock Creek, Huntington, IN <1855> Indiana Self
Clara Custance William Custance Rock Creek, Huntington, IN <1854> Ohio Wife
Dessie Custance William Custance,
Clara Custance Rock Creek, Huntington, IN <1877> Indiana Daughter
Orla Custance William Custance,
Clara Custance Rock Creek, Huntington, IN <1880> Indiana Son
William Custance Mary Custance Braintree, Norfolk, MA <1842> Canada Self
Mary Custance William Custance Braintree, Norfolk, MA <1844> Canada Wife
Aden Custance William Custance,
Mary Custance Braintree, Norfolk, MA <1866> Canada Son
Bessie Custance William Custance,
Mary Custance Braintree, Norfolk, MA <1868> Canada Daughter
Jessie Custance William Custance,
Mary Custance Braintree, Norfolk, MA <1870> Canada Daughter
Frank Custance William Custance,
Mary Custance Braintree, Norfolk, MA <1875> Massachusetts Son
Ida Custance William Custance,
Mary Custance Braintree, Norfolk, MA <1880> Massachusetts Daughter
William Custance Walter Custance,
Ann Custance Somerset, Niagara, NY <1880> New York Son
1900 United States Federal Census
View Record Name Home in 1900
(City,County,State) Estimated Birth Year Birthplace Race Relation to Head-of-house.
William Custance Weymouth, Norfolk, Massachusetts abt abt 1842 Canada English White Head
William Custance Brooklyn Ward 8, Kings, New York abt abt 1876 New York White Son
William Custance Manhattan, New York, New York abt abt 1884 New York White Son
1910 United States Federal Census
Name Home in 1910 (City,County,State) Estimated Birth Year Birthplace Race Gender.
William Custance Rock Crk Twp, Huntington, IN abt 1855 Indiana White Male
William Custance 25-Pct 34-Ad Bronx, New York, NY abt 1884 New York White Male
William E Custance 20-Wd Boston, Suffolk, MA abt 1856 White Male
William F Custance 12-Wd Toledo, Lucas, OH abt 1885 White Male
William H Custance 14-Wd Rochester, Monroe, NY abt 1880 New York White Male
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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.