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Saturday, December 11, 2010

Mary Thompson Bickerstaff - obituary and death certificate

Mary (Thompson) Bickerstaff is my maternal great-grandmother. This is my line to her: me --> Audrey Meinzen --> Emma Bickerstaff --> Mary Thompson.
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STATE OF OHIO - DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
CERTIFICATE OF DEATH

PLACE OF DEATH
County Trumbull...
Township Weathersfield...
Length of residence in city or town where death occurred 25 years

FULL NAME Mary Bickerstaff
Residence No. Mineral Ridge, O.

PERSONAL AND STATISTICAL PARTICULARS
SEX F
COLOR W
Single, Married... Married
If Married... wife of E. J. Bickerstaff
DATE OF BIRTH 10 - 26 - 1940 1873
AGE 67 (years) 10 Months 12 Days
OCCUPATION At Home
BIRTHPLACE New Alexandria O.
FATHER
--NAME John Thompson
--BIRTHPLACE New Alexandria O.
MOTHER
--MAIDEN NAME Lydia Bell
--BIRTHPLACE New Alexandria O.
The Signature of INFORMANT and Address E. J. Bickerstaff [signature] Mineral Ridge, O.
BURIAL... Place Mingo Junction Date 9 - 10 - 1940
FUNERAL FIRM Lane Funeral Home
BURIED BY J. B. Lane.... Mineral Ridge, O.

MEDICAL CERTIFICATE OF DEATH
Date of Death (month, day, year) 9 - 6 - 1940
[Physician]... attended deceased from 3 - 15 - 1940 to 9 - 6 - 1940... death is said to have occurred at 9 30 P.m.
PRINCIPAL CAUSE OF DEATH... : Coronary Thrombosis
CONTRIBUTORY CAUSES... : Hypertension, Diabetes Mellitus....
(Signed) J. M. Gledhill M. D.
Date 9 - 9 - 1940
Address Niles O
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Published in The Niles Daily Times, Saturday, September 7, 1940, p. 1, column 8

Death Takes Ridge Woman, Mother Of 8

Mrs. Mary Bickerstaff, wife of E. J. Bickerstaff, passed away at her home in Mineral Ridge last evening at 9:30 o'clock. Death resulted from complications. She had been ill four months.

Mrs. Bickerstaff was born in New Alexandria, Ohio, 68 years ago and had lived in Mineral Ridge for the past 25 years. She was a member of the Mineral Ridge Methodist Church.

Surviving are her husband, eight children, all of Mineral Ridge: Mrs. Robert Meinzen, William H. Bickerstaff, John, Dan, Eddie J., Andy, Mrs. Edward Morris and Cora; 23 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Mrs. Anna Allen, McKeesport, Pa.; Mrs. Ida Diehl, Parkersburg, W.Va., and Mrs. Jessie Mandenhall, Athens.

Services will be held from the residence at 11 a.m. Tuesday with Rev. Robert Clemmons officiating. Tuesday, the body will be taken to the Finley Methodist Church at Steubenville where another service will be held. Rev. Clemmons will officiate there also. Burial will be in Mingo Junction.

The body will be removed from the Lane Funeral Home to the residence today where friends may call at any time.
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In the image of the death certificate above you will notice that "1873" has a line drawn through it and "1872" is written below. Those are my penciled marks on the hard copy. Based on subtracting 67 years, 10 months, and 12 days from her date of death, her birth date was October 25, 1872. Family records give her birth year as 1872.

In reality, Mary was the mother of 9 children. One child, Flora Victoria, was born August 5, 1909, and died August 30, 1910. She was buried in Oakland Cemetery, Mingo Junction, Ohio. Her burial there could have been the reason Mary and Edward Jesse chose to be buried there.

The names of Mary's sisters, Anna, Ida, and Jessie, confirmed census information. However, their married surnames and residences at the time of Mary's death have not helped locate further information about them. I have tracked their names through the obituaries of other family members but have not found their death information. Earlier searches on FamilySearch did not reveal them but because records have been added to that site, I need to search again.

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