What does Amanuensis mean anyway?
To put it simply, it means a “person employed to write what another dictates or copy what has been written by another.”
Today I will transcribe a death certificate.
It is a death certificate for Joseph Jackson HUNTER, first cousin twice removed. Son of Raphael HUNTER & Lucy SILER.
You know those wonderful Photo Duplication Requests that many of us have been using? Yes, the ones that have been discontinued.
I had a couple of last minute requests I turned in before the December 5th deadline and have received one of them back. I felt that same excitement when the email came. Oh boy, another record!
I ordered this certificate because I was curious why Joseph Hunter had died at the age of only 25 yrs. I had located his death record index on the family search site. From there I had created a memorial on findagrave.com memorial #92249329. I requested a photo of the headstone and the request was kindly fulfilled.
Here is his death certificate:
Let’s take a good look at this certificate top to bottom. Will it confirm information I already know? Give me new information? Let’s find out.
Place of death: St. Clair County, East St. Louis, Illinois
Registration No. 856, Primary Dist. No. 3647, number stamped in the top middle of certificate appears to be 31905.
This is a Coroner’s Certificate of Death
Died at St. Mary’s Hospital
Length of residence where death occurred: 1 mos. 0 ds
1a. Place of residence: State-Illinois, County-St. Clair, Township-Sugarloaf, City or Village-Dupo
2. Full Name: Joseph Jackson Hunter
3. Sex – Male
4. Color or Race – White
5. Single, married, widowed or divorced – divorced
5a. If married, widowed or divorced husband of – Louise Hunter
6. Date of birth – March 2, 1913
7. Age – 25 years, 5 months, 0 days
8. Trade, profession etc – Electrician Helper
9. Industry or business – Montsanto Chem. Co.
10. Date deceased last worked at this occupation – July 38 [should that be 18?]
11. Total time (years) spent in this occupation – 5
12. Birthplace – East St. Louis, Ill.
13. Name of father – Raphael Hunter
14. Birthplace of father – Kentucky
15. Maiden name of mother – Lucy Siler
16. Birthplace of mother – Tennessee
17. Informant – Mrs. R. Hunter, P.O. Address – Dupo, Illinois
18. Place of burial – Cemetery – St. Paul; location – Columbia, Illinois; Monore County, Illinois
19. Date – Aug. 4, 1938
20. Undertaker – Albert L. Dashner, Dashner Funeral Home, Dupo, Ill.
21. Date of death – Aug. 2, 1938
22. Inquest & autopsy held and deceased came to his death on the date stated above…….death was from compression fracture to 5th cervical vertebrae.
Date of Onset or occurrence: July 3, 1938
Manner of injury was: Dived in Mississippi river at E. Corondlete
Accidental, suicidal or homicidal – Accidental
Was injury related to occupation – No
23. Injury rec’d in E. Corondlete township
Specify whether injury occurred in industry, in home or in public place: Mississippi River
24. Signed: Leo L. Madden, MD Coroner
Address 403A Collinsville Ave. E. St. Louis, Ill.
Date Aug 3, 1938 Telephone – E2213
25. Filed Aug 4 1938 (stamped) R. C. Fannier registrar
P.O. Address E. St. Louis, Ill
When I went over this certificate the first couple of times, I had missed some things. Transcribing the record brought those to my attention.
MY NEXT STEPS:
- See if there is a newspaper article about this incident. If he dove into the Mississippi River and was injured that would certainly be news worthy.
- Find the divorce record for he and his wife Louise.
- Since there was a Coroner’s inquest, I may be able to order that record.
- Enter this as a source in Legacy and link it to all appropriate data & events. And, enter the image of the certificate in the photo gallery (plus sign next to his death info).
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