In my genealogy search of the Doherty Family Line I chanced upon the following Return of A Death in the City of Wilmington that has raised some questions. My primary question is “Who was she?”
The following document is from the Delaware Death Records, 1811-1933 and downloaded from Ancestry.com.
The document is from the Delaware Death Records, 1811-1933, Delaware Vital Records available at the Delaware Public Archives in Dover and downloaded from Ancestry.com.
My transcription –
RETURN OF A DEATH in the City of Wilmington
1. Name of deceased – Fannie Doherty
2. Color – White
3. Sex – Female
4. Age – 82 yrs
Widowed, Married orSingle –
6. Date of death – May 24th 1895
7. Cause of Death – Heart disease
Dr. Howard Ogle, Physician.
(TO BE FILLED BY THE UNDERTAKER).
8. Occupation –
9. Place of birth – Ireland
10. When a minor,
Name of Father –
Name of Mother –
11. Ward – 5
12. Street and number – 731 Madison
13. Date of burial – May 27
14. Place of burial – Cem Cathedral
Daniel T. Killroy
Eighty-two year old Fannie Doherty was listed as Single on the Return. She would have made her about 19 years older than great-great-grandfather Philip.
At the time of Fannie Doherty’s passing, great-great-grandmother Margaret (née Doherty) Doherty would have been about 56 years old. This calculates that she, Fannie Doherty, would have been about 26 years older than gg-grandmother Margaret.
And so my questions are:
1. Was Fannie Doherty a relative of either gg-grandparents Philip or Margaret (née Doherty) Doherty?
2. Could she have been an elder sister to either one?
3. Could she have been an aunt, again to either gg-grandfather Philip or gg-grandmother Margaret?
I also located a copy of Page 50 from the Register of Deaths. This Register is also available through the Delaware Public Archives.
Downloading from Ancestry.com, here is a copy.
And my transcription –
NAME – Doherty, Fannie
Age – 82
Color – 49268 – White
Nation or State – Ire
If a Foreigner, how long in the United States –
Residence – 731 Madison
Occupation – -
Single, Married, Widowed – Single
Sex – female
Name and Nation of Parents – -
Cause of Death and Complications – Heart Disease
Date of Death – 5 – 24 – 95
Date of Certificate – -
Date of Registration – 7 – 18 - 95
This one is a hard mystery to solve based on the current information and data. We could make assumptions… but that necessarily may not be the correct direction to follow. It could be a logical deduction, but then again until I have more detailed information and data I would not conclude an actual relation between Fannie Doherty and gg-grandparents Philip and Margaret.
If anyone has any details, information, family history, that may shed some light to who was this Fannie Doherty, I would certainly appreciate hearing them. Please feel free to contact me.