Ben N. Ogle was born 20 Jun 1918 in Trinidad, Colorado and died 27 Apr 1991 in San Bernardino, California. He was the only son of William M. Ogle & Margaret McDougal. His parents separated early in his life and when he moved to California with his mother around 1920 or 1921, his father stayed behind in Colorado where he was a physician for the Colorado Fuel and Iron Company.
The informant: it is one of the most important sections of a death certificate. It provides an indicationÂ of theÂ accuracyÂ of the personal and familial history of the subject. If it was a sister or brother, then the parents’ names are likely, but not always, correct. If it was a parent, then the parents’ names are probably correct and the birth date might be trusted. If it was a spouse, we would like to trust the informationÂ but should be skeptical. If it was someone at the nursing home, hospital or funeral home, then all bets are off.
But what if the informant was the dead person herself?
Here is the name and address of the deceased:
Here is the name and address of the informant:
This is the first time I have come across this. I don’t know how common it is. I imagine that whoever filled out this section must have questioned Annie C. Ogle prior to her death (and not after!) Â and used the information she provided.
The information about her parents agrees with other sources. The only new information on this death certificate besides the date and place of death is her birthdate and given the close relationship of the informant to the deceased I’ll accept it. For now.
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Department of Health
Bureau of Vital Statistics
Registered No. 31515
Place of death: 2306 Adam St, Ward 31, Philadelphia
Full name: Annie C. Ogle
Color or race: W
Date of birth: Aug 27 1845
Age: 72 yrs
Name of father: Benjamin N. Ogle
Birthplace of father: Delaware
Name of mother: Clara A. Mathiews
Birthplace of mother: Delaware
Informant: Miss Annie C. Ogle, 2306 E. Adam St.
Date of Death: Dec 31, 1917
Burial: St. Georges Cem. Del, Jan 5, 1918
Undertaker: Wm. H. Eppley, 3200 Fkd ave
Original source citation:
Pennsylvania, Department of Health, death certificate 31515 (1924), Annie C. Ogle; Division of Vital Records, New Castle.