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Most amusing.....Cause of death

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Heather Report 19 May 2007 00:06

Just goes to prove O.C. much safer for us to sit here all day than doing any H **** work

An Olde Crone

An Olde Crone Report 18 May 2007 23:55

...and in the 1920s and 30s, over 1000 women a YEAR, died while ironing!!! Always knew it was dangerous. (They electrocuted themselves, because early electric irons had to be plugged into a light socket) OC


Kate Report 18 May 2007 23:44

Heather, was that on an episode of QI, by any chance? Will add more in a minute, hopefully - I know of some online parish records I want to look over. From the parish of St. Mary the Virgin, Bottesford, I found these curious ones - Thomas Bailey - 'lying in bed 18 years with hip complaint' Isaac Smith - 'dropped down dead'


Heather Report 18 May 2007 21:44

For the newbies


Heather Report 12 Feb 2007 14:31

The other day on telly they were saying that the most common reason for womens deaths in Victorian times (after childbirth) was burning. When you think about it, open fires, solid fuel ranges to cook on etc., long skirts trailing about - had to happen, didnt it.

Fox On The Rocks

Fox On The Rocks Report 12 Feb 2007 13:42

I have a great aunt, aged just 27 yrs cause of death Shock from a sudden fright (9 days) Collapse Someone actually frightened the life out of her!!! Mind you, bit of a delayed reaction!!


PomPom Report 10 Feb 2007 23:11

So funny nudging for later


Notttingham Report 10 Feb 2007 18:54

My Favourite ' Struck down by the hand of God & Nothing Else'

Chris in Sussex

Chris in Sussex Report 10 Feb 2007 14:42

Good to see this bumped up! Shame some of the postings have been deleted...Makes some of the replies look a little strange :( Still makes me laugh 'tho :)) Chris


♥Athena Report 6 Jul 2006 12:38

I have a few interesting ones... Grtx3 grandfather, Samuel Clarke, died aged 50yrs. His cause of death is noted as 'Accident, Fracture of arm by Hoggen Weel passing over it'. (Mispelling for Hoggin Wheel. Hoggin is a sand-based material used for laying pathways/small roads and it is flattened by a heavy roller or wheel). OUCH!! His grandson, Samuel James died from a fall down the stairs (whilst trying to drag a chair upstairs) which caused fractured ribs and pneumonia. His grt grandson (my grandad) died from a fall indoors when a coffee table he leant on collapsed, causing fractured ribs...and pneumonia! What an accident prone family my lot were!!


≈≈≈Jenny≈≈≈ Report 6 Jul 2006 10:55

Like this thread :0)))))) Good one for all us hypochondriacs !!!! we've now got more things to worry about. Am waiting for the death cert of 2xgt uncle - family history suggests he 'died of a hairy chest ' at 21!!!!!! will update once i get it, all bets taken! Jenx

Merry Monty

Merry Monty Report 6 Jul 2006 10:12

If you can die by ''the visitation of God'', has anyone ever died by ''the visitation of the Devil''?? lol Merry


Vicky Report 6 Jul 2006 10:02

(more from the Lancs OPC site) there are several people all in their 80's & even 90's dying of ''old age'' not that funny to see this given for someone who is only 60


Vicky Report 6 Jul 2006 09:13

Just found this on the Lancs OPC site Burial: 12 Jan 1819 St Wilfrids, Standish, Lancashire, England Edward Kirkham - Age: 27 Abode: Coppull Cause of Death: While amputing his leg not that funny when you think about it - this is before anaesthetics


Karen Report 16 Jun 2006 22:17

recieved a death cert yesterday for hubbys grt gran it said confinement zymotic enteritis syncope havent the faintest what it means


MaryfromItaly Report 9 May 2006 20:43

I have one who 'died by the visitation of God', whatever that means.

Linda GF

Linda GF Report 9 May 2006 20:25

Just a nudge - discovered this thread yesterday and it is great!

Linda GF

Linda GF Report 9 May 2006 18:53

Not funny but some of the causes of death are priceless. My 3x great grandparents died within 3 months of each other, both had same doctor and registrar (1862) 'Exhaustion of vital powers' and 'natural decay of constitution'. Hope it means both died peacefully in their beds! Linda


Fiona Report 8 May 2006 18:35

Ancestor died from eating peas...depending if you are speaking to the logical it was diarhoa or the family legend - thats why you should never eat the peas that your shelling. You decide which version you prefer.

☺Carol in Dulwich☺

☺Carol in Dulwich☺ Report 8 May 2006 08:44

ELIZABETH WALLIS: Cause of Death: Accidental, fromShock and Exhausion from upsetting lamp and clothes cathing fire. Mr ancestor, not very funny though.