Monday, March 8, 2010

Death Certificate of William HALL (1843-1912)

From what I can tell I haven't posted this death certificate yet. William HALL (1843-1912) was born in Chesterton, Cambridge, England, son of Samuel and his wife Mary Anne nee WELLS. When he was 14 his family sailed to Australia, arriving in Sydney on the 'Boanerges', and appear to have moved straight to the greater Yass District where his father found work and ultimately obtained their own farming land. In 1868 he married Eliza Jane BLISS from an adjacent property, and they had fifteen children all registered in Yass. Shortly afterwards William, his wife and some of their younger children moved to Koorawatha, and there William died in 1912. It is not clear to me whether William worked, or in what capacity he worked, in Koorawatha.

New South Wales Death Certificate
Date and place of death: 1912 26th July, Koorawatha, Shire of Burrayong
Name and occupation: William Hall, Farmer
Sex and age: Male, 76 years
Cause of death: Paralysis
Duration of last illness: 4 years
Medical attendant: Burial ordered by F.B. Irsatt, Coroner. Inquiry unnecessary
Name and occupation of father: Samuel Hall, Farmer
Name and surname of mother: -
Informant: Certified by Edward Hall, Son, Koorawatha
Particulars of registration: James Milller, 6th August 1912, Cowra
When and where buried: 27th July 1912, The Church of England Cemetery Koorawatha
Name of undertaker: J,S, ?
Name and religion of Minister: ? McKettue, Church of England
Names of witnesses of burial: H. Shoemark and J.H.Hilder
Where born and how long in the Australasian Colonies or States: Cambridge, England, Unknown
Place of marriage, age, and to whom: unknown, unknown, Elizabeth Bliss
Children of marriage:
Alfred J 39
Edward 37
John 36
Sarah 31
Thomas 29
Catherine 27
Martha 25
William 23
Thomas 21
Walter 19
Esther 16
Male 1 Female 1

A numeber of points come out of this. William probably had a stroke around 1908, as that would account for the paralysis. Given that his wife was alive, I find it curious that their son didn't know where or when William married Eliza Jane Bliss. Two living siblings are not listed - James Samuel HALL (who was living in Wollongong at the time) and Cyril HALL (who was living in Koorawatha).

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