In Their Own Words:
How Did They Die

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Occasionally I have been asked about the causes of death most prevalent in our various family lines or the ages at which our ancestors most commonly passed on. Below is a sample of the information from the database and perhaps of no great statistical relevance, considering that most of the information is from the 19th century. Some have been included for interest, or because they have been included elsewhere on the site.

Name

Date of Death

Age

Cause of Death

Aldridge, Cornelia E. 11/18/1900 55 probably cancer
Alexander, Adam R. 11/01/1848 67 unknown
Alexander, Claude C. 11/08/1868 5 died in childhood
Alexander, George L. 07/10/1970 74 heart attack
Alexander, Henry L. 10/03/1889 51 swamp fever
Alexander, Hunter P. 05/11/1922 55 heart attack
Alexander, James F. 07/10/1857 0 stillborn
Alexander, James H. 07/31/1911 96 complications of a broken hip
Alexander, Jane Maria 08/17/1853 41 unknown
Alexander, John P. 03/09/1844 0 died in infancy
Alexander, Joseph M. 09/12/1852 1 died in infancy
Alexander, Lucy N. 10/01/1876 31 unknown
Alexander, Lucy N. bef 1889 c. 12 pleurisy
Alexander, Martha H. 07/05/1848 2 died in infancy
Alexander, Mary R. 04/17/1900 0 smallpox
Alexander, Olivia L. 03/15/1928 87 complications of advanced age?
Alexander, Rebecca C. 1970 77 complications after a fall
Ashley, Annabelle 10/04/1922 41 blood poisoning from sitting on a hat pin
Edmunds, Annie T. 03/04/1935 74 stomach cancer
Eno, John C. 02/28/1914 66 unknown
Hawley, Anna May c. 1947 78 unknown
Hodges, Carl E. 08/30/1994 80 unknown
Hodges, Guy B. 06/08/1957 69 unknown
Hodges, Harold G. 09/1996 76 unknown
Jenkins, Agnes E. 07/17/1842 5 died in childhood
Jenkins, Walter N. 05/24/1864 32 killed in Civil War
Lanier, Priscilla D. 02/27/1915 84 senility
Lea, Abraham M. 03/29/1759 4 died in childhood
Lea, Alice 12/25/1857 3 died in childhood
Lea, Alice M. c. 1970 c. 94 complications of advanced age?
Lea, Claudia W. 03/31/1955 82 acute intestinal obstruction (21 days) due to carcinoma of colon (unknown duration). Other significant conditions: cirrhosis of liver
Lea, Edward 08/07/1867 15 drowned in the Brandywine near Wilmington, DE
Lea, Elizabeth 11/28/1796 71 unknown
Lea, Elizabeth 08/16/1805 60 unknown
Lea, George 09/03/1804 14 unknown
Lea, Hannah 12/13/1763 58 unknown
Lea, Henry C. 10/24/1909 84 complications of advanced age?
Lea, Gov. Preston 12/04/1916 75 unknown
McCreight, Dorothy W. 03/17/1980 68 unknown
McCullough, Edith L. 07/09/1979 85 complications of advanced age?
McCullough, Elizabeth B. 02/23/1960 76 unknown
McCullough, Evan Lewis 07/29/1869 60 unknown
McCullough, Evan Linn 04/17/1894 45 unknown
McCullough, Frank O. 1939 84 complications of advanced age?
McCullough, Gladys 05/05/1984 87 stroke
McCullough, Hugh 04/30/1945 56 unknown
McCullough, Hugh, Jr. 02/16/1983 68 unknown
McCullough, John B. 02/02/1873 21 unknown
McCullough, Maibelle C. 02/04/1988 88 unknown
McCullough, Marguerite 11/23/1953 51 ALS
McCullough, W. J. II 06/26/1915 3 brain injury from a fall
McCullough, W. J. 11/25/1903 43 stroke
McCullough, Woodward H. 08/23/1928 75 unknown
McNeely, Maggie 05/1982 82 unknown
Moore, Adelaide 10/15/1888 42 unknown
Newland, Robert C. 09/1846 unknown accidental poisoning
Orr, William c. 1904 unknown shot by an angry neighbor
Peel, Albert L. 05/12/1864 22 killed in Civil War
Peel, Andrew J. 04/17/1882 42 unknown
Peel, Ellen 01/06/1929 82 complications of a broken hip
Peel, Fannie 07/12/1856 1 died in infancy
Peel, Hunter 03/09/1831 45 unknown
Peel, John C. 11/03/1854 20 unknown
Peel, John C. 10/13/1855 0 died in infancy
Peel, Mary E. 09/20/1851 21 unknown
Peel, Robert H. 11/05/1903 71 unknown
Peel, Thomas J. 07/06/1862 24 killed in Civil War
Peel, Volney, Jr. (1) 05/20/1844 8 died in childhood
Peel, Volney, Sr. 01/12/1846 40 bronchitis
Peel, William H.(2) 08/18/1923 74 unknown
Peel, William H.(3) 07/11/1952 68 unknown
Phelps, Abigail 08/16/1756 101 complications of advanced age?
Phelps, Alexander 02/25/1852 82 complications of advanced age?
Phelps, Arthur D. 10/31/1880 21 unknown
Phelps, Claudia L. 09/14/1984 90 congestive heart failure
Phelps, David, Sr. 12/09/1760 50 smallpox
Phelps, David (1) 07/19/1732 0 died in infancy
Phelps, David (2) 04/17/1811 78 unknown
Phelps, Dorothy 1983 93 complications of advanced age?
Phelps, Eleanor S. 01/23/1967 71 breast cancer
Phelps, Francis 04/05/1848 4 died in childhood
Phelps, Irving 04/04/1999 75 stroke (?)
Phelps, Isaac N. 08/01/1888 86 complications of advanced age?
Phelps, John 04/30/1679 16 unknown
Phelps, John 01/05/1712-13 5 died in childhood
Phelps, John J., I 05/12/1869 58 unknown
Phelps, John J., II 04/03/1948 86 a brief illness
Phelps, Marian 04/01/1922 53 complications of diabetes
Phelps, Mary 01/09/1712-13 16 unknown
Phelps, Mercy 04/15/1662 0 died in infancy
Phelps, Rose 1952 57 unknown
Phelps, Sarah 01/14/1701-02 1 died in infancy
Phelps, Sheffield 12/09/1902 38 typhoid fever contracted after drinking well water
Phelps, William 10/08/1689 15 unknown
Phelps, William W., I 06/17/1894 54 tuberculosis
Phelps, William W., II 03/13/1975 81 complications of advanced age?
Phelps, William W., III 1982 64 heart attack
Polk, Olivia M. 06/11/1828 26 unknown
Prediger, Mary 09/1843 c.35 malaria
Prediger, Sarah 10/1843 c.30 malaria
Schwind, Amelia R. 09/14/1958 93 senility
Sheffield, Charles J. 07/26/1895 50 unknown
Sheffield, Ellen Maria 08/31/1920 82 complications of advanced age?
Sheffield, Florence 04/25/1928 87 complications of advanced age?
Sheffield, George St. John 12/14/1924 82 complications of advanced age?
Sheffield, Harriet C. 01/08/1901 70 unknown
Sheffield, Henry K. 03/22/1841 5 died in childhood
Sheffield, Joseph E. 02/16/1882 88 complications of advanced age?
Sheffield, Josephine E. 05/30/1908 73 unknown
Sheffield, Mary H. 03/28/1848 15 unknown
Smith, Nancy V. 08/31/1933 67 ALS
Spruance, Preston Lea 10/05/1998 88 complications of advanced age?
Spruance, William C. 01/09/1935 61 unknown
Stevenson, Eberle U. 07/25/1981 87 complications of advanced age?
Tate, Nancy H. 10/1881 77 dysentery
Vining, Frances C. 10/16/1895 28 complications following childbirth
Vining, George J. 03/15/1915 78 pneumonia
Vining, George J., Jr. 02/02/1938 68 unknown
Vining, Mary Ellen 01/01/1951 84 complications of advanced age?
Vining, Thomas W. 12/19/1893 61 unknown
Von Rottenburg, Franz 02/14/1907 62 heart attack
Wilds, Claudia P. 06/08/1997 65 cancer (lung/breast)
Wilds, Edwin L. 01/08/1991 88 unknown
Wilds, Louis T., I 06/28/1928 69 stroke
Wilds, Louis T., II 01/11/1953 67 unknown
Wilds, Louis T., III 10/05/1999 81 emphysema
Wilds, Margaret I. 09/09/1986 82 complications of advanced age?
Wilds, Marion E. 04/04/1983 87 complications of advanced age?
Wilds, Mary C. 04/23/1956 64 unknown
Wilds, Robert H., Sr. 11/01/1949 65 pancreatic cancer
Wilds, Robert H., Jr. 11/24/1944 28 shot down in Ploiesti Oil Field Raid, Romania, WW2
Wilds, Samuel H., I 10/19/1867 47 wounds & privations of prison suffered in Civil War
Wilds, Samuel H., II 11/21/1982 96 complications of advanced age?
Wilds, Samuel H. 1913 56 unknown
Wilds, Sheffield P. 08/13/2000 75 lung cancer
Wilds, Sue D. 10/19/1981 81 complications of advanced age?
Wilds, Theodore D. 04/08/1975 68 unknown
Woodward, Frances O. 03/19/1868 44 unknown

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