Saturday, November 29, 2014

Sympathy Saturday - Passing of Albert H. Slesser, 1922, Carrsville, Livingston Co., KY

A death certificate[1] reported the passing of Albert H. Slesser in Carrsville, Livingston County, Kentucky on 3 February 1922. Information on the certificate was supplied by Ida B. Slesser, his wife, and A. A. Casper, the attending physician. An image of the certificate and commentary follow:


About two years earlier, the U.S. census for 1920[2], showed Albert Slesser, his wife Ida, and daughter Hallie living together in Carrsville. In her role as wife, Ida supplied the death certificate's personal information about Albert:
  • Birth date: 1 August 1849
  • Occupation: Farmer and General work
  • Birthplace: Germany
  • Father's name: C. A. Slesser
  • Father's birthplace: Germany
  • Mother's name: Louise Boettcher
  • Mother's birthplace: Germany
Ida would have had first hand knowledge about his occupation, so that would be primary information but rest would be secondary. At the time of Albert's death, Ida states that her address was Carrsville, Kentucky.
The attending physician, A. A. Casper, M.D., had diagnosed Albert's illness as "chronic interstitial nephritis" (kidney inflammation) about two weeks before his death. Dr. Casper estimated that Albert had suffered from this condition for about one year.

1. "Kentucky, Death Records, 1852-1953," digital images, ( : accessed 14 Nov 2014), death certificate no. 4579, Albert H. Slesser, 3 February 1922, Carrsville, Livingston County, Kentucky; citing Kentucky, Vital Statistics Original Death Certificates - Microfilm (1911-1955), Microfilm rolls #7016130-7041803, Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives, Frankfort. [Ancestry assigns the file name KYVR_7017470-1284.jpg to the downloaded digital image. This suggests the source is microfilm #7017470, image or frame 1284.]
2. 1920 U.S. census, Livingston County, Kentucky, population schedule, Magisterial District No. 5, town of Carrsville, enumeration district (ED) 119, sheet 1-B, dwelling 13, family 16, Albert Slesser household; digital images, Internet Archive ( : accessed 16 Nov 2014), image 682; citing NARA microfilm publication T625, roll 587. [See blog post: Census Sunday - Albert Slesser household, 1920 U.S. Census, Livingston Co., KY ]