Mixed results in the mail

9 Mar

There were two arrivals in the mail for me today, the death certificate for Alicia KINGHORN (first wife of 3x great grandfather Thomas KINGHORN) and the results of a probate search for Thomas KINGHORN himself.

Alicia KINGHORN died 3rd September 1846 (aged 35 years) in Westminster, Middlesex and what is rather puzzling is the cause of death, “General Debility”. Now to me this doesn’t sound like the cause of death, most definitions seem to suggest this means a loss of (or lack of) strength, I would have thought the real cause of death was whatever caused the general debility, and that I shall probably never know.

An unexpected detail on the death certificate is the place of death “No. 5 George Place”, her husband (the informant) was also living there, so presumably this was the family home. It is an address I have not come across in my research so far, and may be the key I need to finding where their children were baptised, because they weren’t where I was expecting to find them!

The second piece of mail through the door was a letter from the Probate Service telling me that they had been unable to find a will or grant of probate. This surprised me, because of his large family (by different wives), I had expected something to be in place to stop any arguments over who had what when he died in 1863. So unless they didn’t stop arguing until after the three years that the Probate Service searched it looks like I am out of luck. Perhaps he had nothing for them to argue about?

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