Gene Notes

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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Thriller Thursday - Harry A Whitney's Accidental Injury

Every so often you come across a death certificate or record that raises questions. That's what happened when I read the cause of death for Harry A. Whitney who died July 23, 1896 in Athol, Worcester county, Massachusetts. His death record states he died from "shock and intestinal perforation due to accidental injury." But unfortunately the record doesn't elucidate what the accidental injury was. He was a mechanic, however, so it may be possible it was a work related injury.

He was the son of Artemus Henry Whitney and Jerusha Sellon Percival, and was 25 years 11 months and 18 days at the time of his death. Harry was survived by two sisters and two brothers.

Copyright 2011, ACK for Gene Notes

1 comment:

  1. I recently came across a death record where it said the young man died of a "ruptured abdominal abcess." Further clarification stated that he was "kicked by a cow." What amazed me was that this was in 1906!