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Free death Record on coffin plate Carrie B. DeWitt and Willie DeWitt

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Willie De Witt
Carrie De Witt

Coffin Plates for a pair of siblings who died in 1875. Two beautifully embossed coffin plates measuring 4" x 5 1/4" and a cabinet card of the boy. The first plate reads: "Carrie B. DeWitt, Died May 4, 1875, Aged 7 yrs 9 mths & 18 Dys." Second: "Willie DeWitt, Died May 4, 1875, Aged 11 Years 7 Mths & 6 Dys. Photo is by Kinder Bros of Akron, Indiana. These came together so I'm assuming this to be Willie Dewitt.

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I went and had a hunt in the 1870 United States Federal Census and this is what I found

1870 United States Federal Census

Name, Home in 1870 (City, County, State) Estimated Birth Year, Birthplace, Race, Gender.

Alice M De Witt Lafayette, Allen, IN abt 1866 Indiana White Female
Daniel De Witt Lafayette, Allen, IN abt 1797 Kentucky White Male
Daniel W De Witt Lafayette, Allen, IN abt 1834 Indiana White Male
Emmet E De Witt Lafayette, Allen, IN abt 1861 Indiana White Male
Frank M De Witt Lafayette, Allen, IN abt 1870 Indiana White Male
Mary J De Witt Lafayette, Allen, IN abt 1836 Indiana White Female
Rebekah De Witt Lafayette, Allen, IN abt 1802 Tennessee White Female
Rosey A De Witt Lafayette, Allen, IN abt 1864 Indiana White Female
Thomas H De Witt Lafayette, Allen, IN abt 1863 Indiana White Male
Charles De Witt Patoka, Gibson, IN abt 1825 New Jersey White Male
Clenton De Witt Patoka, Gibson, IN abt 1860 Indiana White Male
John De Witt Patoka, Gibson, IN abt 1869 Indiana White Male
Margaret De Witt Patoka, Gibson, IN abt 1844 Indiana White Female
Rosie De Witt Patoka, Gibson, IN abt 1865 Indiana White Female
Harry De Witt Jackson, Madison, IN abt 1869 Indiana White Male
Nancy E De Witt Jackson, Madison, IN abt 1851 Indiana White Female
Sarah De Witt Jackson, Madison, IN abt 1808 Pennsylvania White Female
Thos S De Witt Jackson, Madison, IN abt 1845 Indiana White Male
Henry De with Indianapolis Ward 6, Marion, IN abt 1850 New York White Male
Alfred De Witt Salem, Steuben, IN abt 1843 Ohio White Male
Charles De Witt Salem, Steuben, IN abt 1859 Indiana White Male
David De Witt Salem, Steuben, IN abt 1805 New York White Male
Elizabeth De Witt Salem, Steuben, IN abt 1820 Pennsylvania White Female
Ellsworth De Witt Salem, Steuben, IN abt 1869 Indiana White Male
Frank De Witt Salem, Steuben, IN abt 1855 Indiana White Male
Frank De Witt Salem, Steuben, IN abt 1854 Ohio White Male
Jane De Witt Salem, Steuben, IN abt 1851 Ohio White Female
John De Witt Salem, Steuben, IN abt 1844 Ohio White Male
Lena De Witt Salem, Steuben, IN abt 1849 Ohio White Female
Louisa De Witt Salem, Steuben, IN abt 1844 Ohio White Female
Nancy De Witt Salem, Steuben, IN abt 1857 Indiana White Female
Rufus De Witt Salem, Steuben, IN abt 1849 Ohio White Male
Thomas De Witt Salem, Steuben, IN abt 1841 Ohio White Male
William De Witt Salem, Steuben, IN abt 1848 Ohio White Male

Aleta Boehm sent me this info from the 1870 census. Thanks Aleta.

1870, Carrie DeWitt and brother William DeWitt were living in Warren, Trumbull County, Ohio (p.26 of the census).

The entry is:

Frank DeWitt, age 28, teamster, born in Ohio
Nettie DeWitt, wife, age 23, born in Ohio
William DeWitt, age 7, born in Ohio
Carrie B. DeWitt, age 2, born in Ohio

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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.

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