Wednesday, May 27, 2009

September 20, 1911 - Mary O'Hara's Death Certificate

The City of New York
Health Department
Mary O’Hara
No. of Certificate: 18214
Sex: Female
Color: White
Age: 3 yrs
Single, Widowed, Married, or Divorced: [blank]
Occupation: [blank]
Birthplace: Brooklyn, NY
How long in US (if of foreign birth): [blank]
How long resident in City of New York: Life
Place of Death: 527 Baltic St.
Character of Premises: Tenement
Father’s Name: John J. O’Hara
Father’s Birthplace: Ireland
Mother’s Maiden Name: Mary King
Mother’s Birthplace: Ireland
I hereby certify that I attended the deceased from Sept. 13th 1911 to Sept 19th 1911, that I last saw her alive on the 19th day of Sept 1911, that she died on the 20th day of Sept. 1911, about 5 o’clock AM, and that, to the best of my knowledge and belief, the cause of her death was as follows:
Acute Fobar Pneumonitis
Cardiac Asthemia
Witness my hand this 20th day of Sept. 1911
(Signature) W.V. Dee MD
(Residence) 290 Bridge St.
Place of Burial Holy Cross
Date of Burial Sept 221 1911
Undertaker F Harper Co. Ed F Higgins
Place of Business 163 Court St.

The above is the death certificate of Grandpa JJ's other sister, Mary O'Hara. She died in 1911, not a year after the death of her older sister Malinda. Like Malinda, she died at their home, 527 Baltic St. Pneumonitis appears to be lung inflammation, and asthemia is something about "weakness." This death certificate is the only record I've been able to find that Mary ever lived. Poor girl. Her death must have been particularly difficult on her parents, given that it was so soon after the death of their other daughter.

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