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From: "J K gen" <>
Subject: Re: [Ess] Death and Burial records
Date: Fri, 7 Mar 2008 09:24:17 +0000
I would expect the burial register to be sufficiently informative to give
some kind of "address" for the deceased. For example, a column headed "where
from?" might give the information of an undertaker, mortuary, nursing home,
home, or even another burial ground. Any one of these might afford a route
for further investigation.
Does the death certificate give any clues? Might there have been a local
newspaper report around the two dates - i.e. death date and burial date?
Particularly the latter if the late burial could have been considered of
sufficient "oddity" to warrant the cub reporter being despatched to the
burial ground/undertakers etc.
Perhaps a letter to the manager of the burial ground enquiring into any day
books he might have for the period? There might be an occasional note in
such books about the events of the time.
Re-interment from another burial ground is possible, also late interment at
the time of a spouse's or other loved one's burial. Perhaps you could
enquire if the burial space is occupied by anyone else's remains? Check the
pages of GRO death register around the quarter of the actual burial - are
there any names you recognise?
On Thu, Mar 6, 2008 at 9:32 PM, The Quineys <> wrote:
> Hello List
> I've come across a gravestone anomaly - according to the headstone the
> death occurred in 1974, however, the burial isn't registered until 5 years
> later in 1979. Initially, we assumed that the 4 and the 9 had been misread
> on one or the other but today, I've verified that the death really was in
> 1974 and entry in the burial register is chronologically correct (the
> previous entry being the previous month and the subsequent entry being the
> following month) in 1979.
> Reading the wording on the headstone (which I don't have to hand at the
> moment), it implies/states that here lie the ashes of the deceased (not the
> actual body). We are now wondering whether the person died and was
> cremated. The ashes were then held onto (by a member of the family?) for 5
> years before finally being laid to rest in the churchyard.
> What do others think about the ashes being kept for 5 years (not
> personal opinions about doing such a thing) but is a reasonable
> assumption? Is 5 years an unusually long period to retain the urn or
> whatever? Is it actually quite common?
> Would appreciate your thoughs :-)
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