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Free Genealogy Death Record on the Coffin Plates of Caroline Voegtle 1841 ~ 1881 and Herbert Voegtle 1881 ~ 1896

Free Genealogy Death Record on the Coffin Plates of Caroline Voegtle 1841 ~ 1881 and Herbert Voegtle 1881 ~ 1896

The Free Genealogy Death Record on the Coffin Plates of Caroline Voegtle 1841 ~ 1881 and Herbert Voegtle 1881 ~ 1896

Caroline Voegtle
Born Feby 16. 1841
Died Oct 7. 1881
Aged 40 yrs 7 mos
19 dys

Herbert Voegtle
Died Sept 19th 1896
Age 15 Yrs 11 Mos

This coffin plates for Caroline Voegtle 1841 ~ 1881 and Herbert Voegtle 1881 ~ 1896 were found in Ontario Canada.

I went and had a hunt for Caroline Voegtle 1841 ~ 1881 and Herbert Voegtle 1881 ~ 1896 in the Ontario, Canada Deaths on I found them as you can see below. If you want to have a look at the full record I have a link to a FREE TRIAL at at the bottom of this page.

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Ontario, Canada Deaths, 1869-1932

Name, Estimated Birth Year, Death Date, Death Location, Gender.

Carolina Voegtle abt 1841 7 and 8 Oct 1881 Waterloo Female
Ella Voegtle abt 1873 8 Jan 1920 Waterloo Female
Herbert Voegtle abt 1880 17 Sep 1896 Waterloo Male
John Voegtle abt 1835 3 Sep 1887 Waterloo Male
Norman Voegtle abt 1899 25 Dec 1929 Waterloo Male
Paulina Voegtle abt 1855 6 or 7 May 1885 Waterloo Female

I did some more looking around on Ancestry and found lots more on this family. I found that Caroline Wilker was married to John Voegtle. He married a new wife Catharine Voll in 1886 and then he killed himself in 1887. Herbert died in a small typhoid fever epidemic in the linwood area.

Oct. 2010 Email from descendant John Calder states

The, Caroline Voegtle, mentioned above is my great-great-grandmother. The "Coffin Plates" link leads to a site which shows a photo of her coffin plate, and related information about her, but has incorrectly recorded that her maiden name was "Wilker". In fact, her maiden name was "Hilker".

Caroline Hilker Born: February 16, 1841. Preston (now Cambridge), Waterloo County, Ontario, Canada.
Died: October 7, 1881. Linwood, Wellesley Township, Ontario, Canada. Cause of death was consumption & dropsy. She was 40 years, 7 months and 19 days old. Registered on October 10, 1881 by Rev’d H.? A. Thomas of Heidelberg, Ontario.
Buried at: Linwood Union Cemetery, 3673 Manser Road, Linwood, Ontario. Location of grave: South 4’ 4”, East 65’.
Headstone Inscription: - In Memory of / Caroline Hilker / Beloved Wife of / John Voegtle / Died Oct. 7, 1881 / Aged 40 Yrs 7 Mo. / & 19 Days
Coffin Plate Inscription: Caroline Voegtle / Born Feb’y. 16, 1841 / Died Oct. 7, 1881 / Aged 40 yrs. 7 mos. / & 19 dys.
Parents: Henry Hilker, and Sophia Hilker (nee ?). Documentation: - Province of Ontario Death Registration # 018920 / 81.
Ontario Census Returns - 1851 - Waterloo County, Enumeration District 2, Wellesley Township, Page 87/13, Line 6.
- 1861 - Waterloo County, Enumeration District 13, Wellesley Township, Page 10, Line 5.
- 1871 - Waterloo North, District 32, Sub District A, Wellesley Township, Division 1, Page 28, Line 7 (surname spelled “Vogtle”).
- 1881 - Waterloo North, District 162, Sub District B, Wellesley Township, Division 5, Page 53, Line 4.
Waterloo County Marriage Register (1858-1869), Vol. 1, page 65 (John Vagtle and Caroline Helker). Ontario Archives Reel # MS248 #16.
Original Burial Records of Linwood Union Cemetery, pages 101 & 118.

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