Database Updates – Oct Nov Dec 2019

The following 47 people were added to or updated in the Conrad-Todd-Garrison-Carman genealogy database between October and December 2019:

On this day: Howard Ogle appointed Justice of the Peace

On this day in 1834 my fourth great-grandfather Howard Ogle (1790-1875) was appointed Justice of the Peace at Delaware City by Governor Caleb P. Bennett. He and his two sons were prominent citizens of New Castle County. His son Thomas Moore Ogle was Recorder of Deeds in Wilmington. His son and my 3rd great-grandfather Benjamin N. Ogle was a superintendent of the Delaware and Chesapeake Canal in Delaware City.

Howard Ogle appointment from Delaware Governor’s Register

Text: June 11– The Governor this day appointed and commissioned Howard Ogle a Justice of the Peace at Delaware City in the County of New Castle in the place of James Henry resigned.

Source: Delaware Governor’s Register 1674-1851, Volume I [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2002.

Original data: Governor’s Register: State of Delaware. Wilmington, DE, USA: Press of the Star Publishing Co., 1926.

Was Annie Ogle the informant on her own death certificate?

The informant: it is one of the most important sections of a death certificate. It provides an indication of the accuracy 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 information 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!)  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.