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Obituary Daily Times Index 1995-2012 look up

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Gwyn in Kent

Gwyn in Kent Report 11 May 2013 11:15

Phone books online show a S.W.COTTINGHAM listed at an East Preston address up to and including 1984.
This does not necessarily exclude it from being your person, as I know women who have kept their husband's listing after they have died / left.

What it does perhaps mean is that whoever was living there at the time of Sidney's death continued to do so for several years. Perhaps a check of that address in old electoral lists will show any other occupants or if Bertha was registered with an alternative surname.
A Google search of the address shows a male architect there now.



ManfromMars Report 11 May 2013 09:37

The information came from the crematorium,it doesnt say that Bertha was his wife but they both resided at East Preston.

I havent got the death certificate.

it maybe one of those to chuck in the too hard basket,



MarieCeleste Report 11 May 2013 09:35

Is this a first marriage for him?

Surname First name(s) Spouse District Vol Page
Marriages Dec 1931
Cottingham Sidney W Mercer W.Ashford 2a 2352
Mercer Florence C Coltingham W.Ashford 2a 2352

and a remarriage for first wife?

Surname First name(s) Spouse District Vol Page
Marriages Sep 1956
COTTINGHAM Florence C HOGBIN Ashford 5b 79
Hogbin Alfred C D Cottingham Ashford 5b 79

It's hypothesis but he could have been divorced and didn't actually marry Bertha Louise and she just took his name. When she subsequently died her death or possible later marriage would likely be registered in her "correct" name.


MarieCeleste Report 11 May 2013 09:25

MfM - does the death certificate actually say she was his wife?


ManfromMars Report 11 May 2013 01:33

Dear MarieCeleste,
Hi, i am trying to find any possible information on a Bertha louise Cottingham.

I have a Sidney Walter Cottingham 1907 - 1973 Worthing, when he died the informant was Bertha,.

I cannot find thier marriage or a death of Bertha or a possible remarriage.

Maybe Bertha left the UK ,

Any help appreciated mfm


MarieCeleste Report 10 May 2013 08:57

Hi MfM - there was more than one Bertha L Cottingham:

Social Security Death Index
Name: Bertha L. Cottingham
SSN: 156-07-2267
Last Residence: 08311 Cedarville, Cumberland, New Jersey, United States of America
Born: 4 Jun 1905
Died: Feb 1994
State (Year) SSN issued: New Jersey (Before 1951)

What are you trying to find?


ManfromMars Report 10 May 2013 07:50

Dear argyllgran,
Thankyou so much for your help,

best wishes mfm


ArgyllGran Report 10 May 2013 07:44

Is this the one?
From Ancestry:

Web: Obituary Daily Times Index, 1995-2012 about Bertha L Cottingham
Name: Bertha L Cottingham
Publication Date: 7 Jul 2004
Publication Place: United States
Death Date: Abt 2004
Age at Death: 71
Birth Date: Abt 1933
URL: http://obits.rootsweb.ancestry...

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From Rootsweb as above:

COTTINGHAM, Bertha L; 71; ; Milwaukee J-S (WI); 2004-7-7; kap


ManfromMars Report 10 May 2013 07:21

Hello, i have found a Bertha L Cottingham Abt 2004 and was wondering what the record says ?

any help appreciated mfm