Monday, February 9, 2015

Amanuensis Monday, Dolly Doty’s Death Certificate Feb. 10, 1884

An Amanuensis is a person employed to write what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another. Amanuensis Monday is a daily blogging theme which encourages the family historian to transcribe family letters, journals, audiotapes, and other historical artifacts.

Today I’m posting Dolly Doty’s death certificate. 3rd Great Grandmother Dolly was John Doty’s widow and mother of nine children. She was born Jan. 31, 1798 and died Feb. 10, 1884 in Wawayanda, Orange County, New York.

Last week I published a post with more details about John and Dolly’s family:

 (Just click on title to view it)

You’ll find a transcription below. I’ve [bracketed] unclear words and added a few comments.

Dolly Doty's Certificate of Death issued by the State of New York

Dolly Doty’s Certificate of Death
Issued by the State of New York


County of Orange

   In the Town of Wawayanda

1.    Full name of Deceased   Mrs. Dolly Doty
2.    Age  86 years, 1 months, 10 days.    Sex  Female
3.    Widowed    
4.    Occupation  [blank]
5.    Birthplace  Orange Co., N.Y.
6.    Father’s Full Name and Birthplace  Wm. Hemingway State Conn.
7.    Mother’s Full Name and Birthplace  Esther Hemingway Orange Co. N.Y. [Esther Halstead]
8.    Place of Death  At Home, Wawayanda, N.Y.
9.    Date and Hour of Death Died on the 10th day of Feb. 1884
10.   I hereby report this Death and certify that the foregoing statements are true according to the best of my knowledge
J. [W.] Doty  Wawayanda, N.Y.  [This could be Dolly’s son Jefferson or John]
     11.  I Hereby Certify, That I attended the deceased from 1st of Feb. 1884 to 8th of Feb. 1884 and that I last saw her Feb. 8th 1884, and that she died on the 10th of Feb. 1884, about 8 o’clock a.m., and that to the best of my knowledge and belief the cause of her death was as hereunder written:

Chief and Determining  Pneumonia
Consecutive and Contributing  [blank]

Sanitary observations  [blank]
      Witness my hand this 10th day of Feb. 1884
(Signature) [G. A. Emory]
Residence Middletown, N.Y.
No. of Burial Permit [blank]
Place of Burial Family Ground  [Mills Cemetery]
Date of Burial Feb. 12th 1884
  Undertaker [blank]

My Ancestry
3rd Great Grandmother Dolly Hemingway and husband John Doty
2nd Great Grandfather Albert Doty and wife Fanny Jane Bennett
Great Grandfather Lewis Penny Doty and Emily Wight
Grandfather Frank Leroy Doty and wife Viola Lillian Wilson
My Mother

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