This is a photo of sweet little Edna Lillie Webster, one of my maternal grandfather's sisters. My grandfather, Debs Warren Webster, and his oldest sister Carlota Adelia Webster were the only children of my great-grandparents, Watson (Frederick) Emory Webster and Esther Matus Villatoro to survive to adulthood.
Sadly, Edna Lillie and two of her younger siblings, Eugene and Alice, passed away as children.
For the longest time, I didn't know exactly when or where Edna Lillie passed away. Her father, a.k.a. "The Traveling Dentist" here on my blog, traveled between the United States, Mexico, and Brazil during his life. Edna could have passed away in any of those countries, but I didn't know which one.
That all changed when I found Edna's death record on Ancestry.com.1
It turns out that Edna passed away in Pénjamo, Guanajuato, México. This document is in Spanish. Unfortunately, I don't read or speak Spanish, but I have done family history research for my Mexican ancestors before and can understand a bit. Plus, I can use Google Translate to help me. Edna's death record contains a lot of valuable information.
Information gleaned from Edna's death record:
Name: Edna Lillie Webster
Death Registration Date: 28 February 1924
Death Registration Place: Pénjamo, Guanajuato, México
Edna's Age: 11 years old
Edna's Cause of Death: Gastroenteritis
Edna's Place of Birth: Santos, Brazil
Father's Name: Doctor Frederick Emory Webster
Father's Age: 70 years old
Father's Occupation: Dentist from the United States of America
Mother: Esther Matus (deceased)
My Grandpa Debs loved his sister Edna Lillie. It must have been devastating to him when she passed away. He endured quite a bit of heartache in his life. His mother passed away when he was only 5 years old and three of his four siblings didn't survive to adulthood. His first wife, Sarah (my grandmother), passed away when my mom was almost 4 years old, leaving him a widower with a small child.
The photo of Edna at the top of this post was taken sometime between January - April 1922 in Brinkley, Monroe, Arkansas when she was 9 years old, only 2 years before her death. It's cropped from the photo below.
|Left to Right: Debs Warren Webster, Carlota Adelia Webster, Watson (Frederick) Emory Webster, Edna Lillie Webster|
January - April 1922
Brinkley, Monroe, Arkansas
I'm grateful that we finally know when and where little Edna Lillie passed away, and that we know her cause of death.
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1 Ancestry.com. Guanajuato, Mexico, Civil Registration Deaths, 1862-1930 [database on-line: accessed 7 June 2016]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015. Edna Lillie Webster, 28 Feb 1924; citing death record number 107; image number 150. Original data: Mexico. State of Guanajuato Civil Registration. Registro Civil del Estado de Guanajuato, México. Courtesy of the Academia Mexicana de Genealogia y Heraldica.↩