Sunday, November 30, 2014
Albert Royal Delmont Jones' death certificate
Albert (Royal) Delmont (Jones) died on 15 May 1930. An earlier article has detailed the circumstances and also the bizarre nature of his burial place. This certificate gives his age as 76 (which ties in with a known birth year of 1854), and the census from a few weeks before gives his birthplace and that of his parents as Pennsylvania, so we know for sure this is our Albert.
Perhaps the saddest thing about the certificate - even though you may feel that Albert deserved all that came his way - is the repeated phrase "no record." Was he single or married? No record. Who were his family? No record. What was his occupation? No record.
We know quite a bit about his various occupations, and also his family. At the time he died, his first two wives were still alive. The first lived until 1933 and the second was featured less that flatteringly in a newspaper report from 1935. Some of his other "wives" may also have survived him, but we are on more shaky ground there.
Three of his children survived him. Ella was still alive in the 1940 census, William lived until 1932, and Herbert lived until 1954.
Yet here he is - alone and unknown. As far as the almshouse/hospital was concerned - no record.
I know we may quote that you reap what you sow - but I still find it sad.