Of all the funeral cards, that circulate out there, I wonder how many ever find their way back to the families of origin. A simple funeral card is the summation of a life lived.
Enjoy the discovery process.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Mrs. William L. Hinds

Although, a bit more costly than other funeral cards, Mrs. William L. Hinds funeral card appears to be in good shape for 108 plus document years.  Ebay seller 82bid hails from Hinsdale, New Hampshire.  Today, the funeral card is approximately 200 miles from known location of decedent.
Once again, we revisit the formal addressing of a married woman.  From Mrs. William L. Hinds funeral card, we learn that she was born 1 June 1816 and died 28 Dec 1901.
Straight away, the search on Ancestry.com 1900 United States Census was a positive hit for William Learned Hinds and his wife, Sarah Pratt Rixford at Highgate, Vermont.
By the use of Google, ("Sarah Pratt Rixford") name within quotes, the most detailed description of the lives of Mr. and Mrs. William L. Hinds was located.  In the second volume of New England Families, Genealogical and Memorial, Sarah Pratt Rixford date of birth is shown as 1 June 1816.  Her death date states 1900 rather than 1901.  A discrepancy, I am willing to accept as a genealogy researcher.
Before the year 1900, Sarah P. Hinds had given birth to nine children of which only three remained living at the time of the census.  Descendants of daughter, Ida Kathleen Hinds, and sons, William Eugene and Oscar Luther Hinds may find this funeral card of interest.  In 1894, son, Oscar L. Hinds, becomes the Franklin county state senator of Vermont.
From the Public Member Trees index, there once appeared a family tree titled, Early American Families 1 15 10.  The family tree has either been removed or restricted access established by the tree submitter.  Rootsweb, 12000+ Descendants of Immigrant James Hinds family tree entry 702 provided a record of the Hinds, however the submitter of the tree is no longer maintaining the family tree.
Hopefully, someday this funeral card will find its way back the descendants of William and Sarah (Rixford) Hinds.
How much would a funeral card of this caliber be worth to your collection of family history?

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