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Most amusing.....Cause of death

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Malcolm Report 13 Nov 2012 10:13

I read that in the 17th century and before a cause of death was "Planet", indicating that their stars were bad at that time. Apparently it was not an uncommon explanation.

Chris in Sussex

Chris in Sussex Report 12 Nov 2012 23:44

This thread hasn't seen the light of day for over 2 years....

Enjoy :-D


Jean Report 5 Jun 2010 19:51


Liz 47

Liz 47 Report 19 Apr 2010 17:17

From a parish register -

1652 – OCT 26

ALFIRE - Margaret of honest parentage in Sussex. Servant to Thomas Furminger died having been formerly deflowered by Anthony Larkin at Lingfield, fell into labour Oct 24 at night, and God knows by what unhappy neglect or means, died before morning, being delivered of a man child which she confessed at point of death was begot by the said Anthony Larkin : she was buried in Crowhurst churchyard between 7 and 8 pm. The child thus inlawfully begat by Anthony Larkin through neglect died also unbaptised and was buried Nov 7 near the mother in the churchyard, a shameful business God knows.

In the margin –
Thomas Furmingers maid died 25th Oct in the am.

Liz 47

Liz 47 Report 19 Apr 2010 17:13

In the l880's a policeman's cause of death was -

Worn out



Mummycool Report 19 Apr 2010 17:00

In the graveyard at Winchester Cathedral, there is the gravestone of a soldier who died from "drinking small beer when hot" sounds reasonable to me!!!


Annina Report 19 Apr 2010 13:40

This one struck my as funny;

Mary Hall,struck by lightening while sitting in her corner chair'

24.5.1785,Eyam Parish Records.


Blue1 Report 19 Apr 2010 10:36

I've been looking at this thread and laughing my self silly.So have been inspired to look over my Scotlands people images,as you buy one get two free.
no relation to me

Cause of death
Overlaid in bed !

as certified by Dr



Pat Report 18 Apr 2010 23:40

I have one that was hanged that goes on to say . The hangman, George
"Throttler " Smith was a man of few words. He placed the noose around his neck and muttered "Goodbye" - and launched him into eternity. Pat


Donna Report 18 Apr 2010 20:59

ALSO drunk on a railway line. He didn't see the train coming........


♥Deetortrainingnewfys♥ Report 17 Apr 2010 21:58

Thought this should "come alive again" pardon the pun!


nuttybongo Report 20 Apr 2008 16:23

hi there,
in cemetary it reads, Died whilst head came into collison with a bridge. He was a railway driver. Yuk


Donna Report 20 Apr 2008 14:20

natural decay was one that i came across.She was aged 81.

Another drinking carbolic acid whilst drunk. accidental death


Merlin38 Report 20 Apr 2008 09:09

A 1700's burial record for some unrelated guy in Cumberland read,

"Being out of his mind these few weeks past, locked himself in his house and set fire to it".

Judith Jaybee

Judith Jaybee Report 20 Apr 2008 09:05

Sunday reading

Karen in the desert

Karen in the desert Report 14 Mar 2008 01:09

Reading it again, this thread is still as funny as ever.
A brilliant laugh!!!



Madmeg Report 14 Mar 2008 00:21

Visitation of God.


Leclerc Report 13 Mar 2008 18:20

Nudged for the newbies
I was looking for another thread when I came across this and it is still as funny as when I first read it !!!!!!! It's worth recycling for another laugh


Robert Report 1 Dec 2007 09:15

From 1908
His Occupation was farmer, cause of death was, Cow fell on him. ( the mind boggles)

12 year old boy, accidental death, fracture base of skull, fracture femur, shock, he played chicken with a bus, the boy lay down in street expecting bus to stop, it didn't.

Easter Bunny

Easter Bunny Report 30 Nov 2007 20:44

a brilliant read