I found this record several years ago, thanks to a friend from our San Diego Genealogical Society, who told me about the West Virginia Culture website. The website contains birth, marriage and death records for thousands of people. I’ve found a lot of my ancestor’s records there.
But a Transit Permit was something altogether new to me. My first question was, is this the correct Wm. A. Boggs. My 3rd great grandfather was William Allen Boggs born 28 Sep 1815 in Gallia County, Ohio. He married on 11 Apr 1839 in Lawrence County, Ohio, Nancy Delilah Lunsford. Nancy was born 8 Nov 1819 in Virginia and died 10 Apr 1895 in Huntington, Cabell, WV.
Four years later, had William moved to Kentucky?
Yes, it seems he had, according to the 1898 Lexington City Directory. I notice that he and Nancy had also lived in Kentucky back in 1869.
|1898 Lexington, KY city directory, page 335 - Wm. A. Boggs
The fact that the Transit Permit give the address as 34 Forest Ave. and the directory lists him living at 39 Forest Ave. doesn’t bother me. We all know that mistakes are common on many of the documents we locate for our ancestors. It’s the evidence taken together that bring us to a reasonable conclusion.
I have not located a death record for William, with my latest search having been conducted today.
William and his wife Nancy are buried at Spring Hill Cemetery in Huntington, Cabell, West Virginia. There are no headstones for them. The person who entered the dates on the memorial (Ernie Wright, RIP) entered William’s death year as 1899. Further proof that the Transit Permit is for him.
You may visit William’s memorial here #58500265.
Would you have come to the same conclusion regarding that Transit Permit?
Here is the evidence that I used to come to my conclusion.
- The Transit Permit has his name correct – Wm. A. Boggs
- The place of interment is correct – Huntington, West Virginia
- The place of death is at 34 Forest Ave. and in 1898 William was living at 39 Forest Ave.
- His age at death is given as 84 years, which coincides with the year of birth I already had for him – 1815
- I cannot locate William in the 1900 federal census
- His findagrave memorial gives his year of death as 1899
If you have further information on William or his family, or are connected in any way, please contact me.
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