I’m trying hard not to get distracted by the side branches in my family tree at the moment and am concentrating on my direct Freeman ancestors. I have lots of gaps in my tree and haven’t as yet got very far back in time with them.
They hail mostly from south Derbyshire, around Overseal and Burton-on-Trent and were mostly Methodists.
I started by ordering three death certificates; for my Great-Grandfather William Frederick Freeman, his first wife, Elizabeth Ann Wood and her father, Mark Wood. The latter two I was able to order on PDF at the cheaper price of £6 instead of the usual cost of £9.25 for paper copies.
William’s certificate revealed that he died in 1951 from cardiac failure, bronchitis and emphysema – most likely related to his work at the local colliery. His son, another William Frederick, registered the death, and the addresses on the certificate match up with information I already have, so I’m sure I have the right person.
My great-Grandmother’s Elizabeth’s death certificate from 1935 showed that she died at home in Overseal and had been suffering with thyroid problems, possibly Grave’s disease.
Elizabeth’s father, Mark Wood, died in Linton, Derbyshire of tubercular meningitis in 1901. His daughter, Phoebe, registered the death which again matches up with family details I already have.
So I’m going to go back to the census returns and look to follow Mark Wood and his wife backwards from 1891 and try to locate them with their own parents.
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