3. Name of Deceased: Olivia R. Todd
4. Date of Death: 12-7-55
5. Sex: Female
6. Color or Race: white
7. Marital status: widow
8. Date of Birth: 10-8-1869
9. Age (in years last birthday): 86
10: Usual occupation: none
11. Birthplace: Phila. Pa.
12. Citizen of What Country: USA
13. Father’s Name: Charles T. Moore
14. Mother’s Maiden Name: Lucy Ogle
15. Was the Deceased Ever in the U.S. Armed Forces? No
17. Informant: James Davidson – Taunton Lakes, NJ [son-in-law]
[Cause of death information redacted as per N.J.A.C. 8:2A-2.1]
22. I hereby certify that I attended the deceased from Sept 15, 1955 to Dec 7, 1955, that I last saw the deceased alive on Dec 6, 1955, and that the death occurred at 9:05 am, from the causes and on the date stated above.
23b. Address: Marlton, NJ
23c. Date Signed: 12/7 55
24a. Burial, Cremation, Removal: Burial
24b. Date: 12-10-55
24c. Name of Cemetery or Crematory: North Cedar Hill Cem.
24d. Location: Phila. Pa.
Date Rec’d by Local Reg.: 12-7-55
Registrar’s Signature: [signed by Harry Brick]
25. Funeral Director’s Signature
[last name Hoel?]
NJ Licence No. 441
Address: 811 Cooper St., Camden, NJ
Original Source Citation:
New Jersey, State Department of Health, death certificate no. 48811 (1955), Olivia R. Todd; Office of Vital Statistics and Registry, Trenton.
Find-A-Grave is a wonderful site where volunteers take photos of gravestones and upload them, allowing distant researchers like myself to view them without getting in a plane and trekking across country. It is a growing site with new photos being added all the time Â including, recently, my great-grandparents John Alexander and Olivia Todd.
I had the death date for my great-grandfather from his death certificate which has been made available on Ancestry.com, but my great-grandmother’s death certificate was not there. I suspected, and still suspect as I’ll detail below, that she died in New Jersey, even though she lived (nearly) her whole life in Philadelphia and was buried there.
I knew they were buried at North Cedar Hill cemetery, along with many other Todds and related families, and had been checking Find-A-Grave regularly, but I came across their gravestone through the index on Ancestry.com and the “hints” function there. A pleasant surprise.
So, now I knew Olivia passed away in 1955. I knew that there was an index for the North Cedar Hill cemetery in the Pennsylvania Church and Town Records database on Ancestry, and by browsing to the cemetery’s records I found she was buried on December 10. With that information I was able to find her obituary that stated she died on December 7, 1955 and that her residence at the time was Taunton Lake, NJ, thus my assumption that she passed away in New Jersey.
TODD — Dec. 7, OLIVIA R. (nee Moore), wife of the late John A. Todd, Sr., of Berlin rd., Taunton Lake, N.J., formerly of 2075 E. Tioga st., Phila., aged 86 years. Relatives, friends, also members of St. Philip’s Methodist Church are invited to services Sat. 1 P.M., at her son’s residence, 4248 Griscom st. Int North Cedar Hills Cemetery. Friends may call Friday evening.
Philadelphia Inquirer, 12/9/1955, p.51
The next step will be to request her death certificate from New Jersey. [Received itÂ 9/23/15] Of my great-grandparents, that leaves only the death date of my mother’s father’s father, John Samuel Garrison, unknown.