Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Charles Albert Engle's Death Certificate

Yesterday I shared a post about Charles Albert Engle. In that post, I mentioned that he passed away on 20 September 1946 in South Pasadena, Los Angeles, California. However, I didn't mention his cause of death. I thought I'd go ahead and share Charles' death certificate today.

Charles Albert Engle Death Cert

Let's see all of the information that can be gleaned from this document.

  1. Full Name: Charles Albert Engle
  2. Place of Death: 1308 Marengo Avenue, South Pasadena, Los Angeles, California
  3. Usual Residence: 1308 Marengo Avenue, South Pasadena, Los Angeles, California
  4. If Veteran, Name of War: None
  5. Social Security Number: None
  6. Sex: Male
  7. Color or Race: Caucasian
  8. Single, Married, Widowed or Divorced: Single
  9. Birthdate of Deceased: June 20, 1864
  10. Age: 82 Years, 3 Months, 0 Days
  11. Birthplace: Chester Hill, Ohio
  12. Usual Occupation: Retired Salesman
  13. Industry or Business: Grocery (Wholesale)
  14. Father's Name: Richard Engle
  15. Father's Birthplace: Plymouth, Ohio
  16. Mother's Name: Sarah Amanda Waterman
  17. Mother's Birthplace: Coolville, Ohio
  18. Informant: Wm. B. Engle (Brother)
  19. Informant's Address: 1308 Marengo Avenue, So. Pasadena, Calif.
  20. Burial, Cremation or Removal: Burial
  21. Burial Date: September 23, 1946
  22. Burial Place: Mountain View Cemetery, Altadena, Calif.
  23. Funeral Director: Vernon F. Steen
  24. Funeral Director Address: 11305 Magnolia Blvd., No. Hollywood, Calif.
  25. Date of Death: September 20, 1946 at 3:20 AM
  26. Cause of Death: (1) Cancer of Pancreas (2) Metastatic Cancer of Liver
  27. Autopsy: None

This death certificate is filled with very valuable family history information. Of course, it's only as accurate as the person providing the information. In the case of this document, Charles' brother, William, was the informant. William and Charles were both bachelors their entire lives. They lived together for over 20 years.

As you can see, Charles' cause of death was pancreatic cancer. It also appears that Charles also suffered from metastatic cancer of the liver, which means that the cancer had spread to his liver.

Charles passed away at his home at 1308 Marengo Avenue, in South Pasadena, California. His death must have been quite difficult for his brother William, since they had lived together for so many years.

William passed away almost four years after Charles. I will be sharing more about William's life in a future post.

Thanks for reading!


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  1. Even when you know the information on the death certificate, it is always so interesting to actually see it. There is quite a bit of information here - I hope it was helpful for you.

    1. Hi Debi,

      Yes, there really is a lot of helpful information contained in this death certificate. And it's kind of amazing to see just how much information there is when it's in list form. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. I wonder what the treatment for cancer was back then. There are lots of advancements -- never enough for anyone, though. Still, I'm guessing cancer back then had to be even more painful, more hopeless.

    1. Hi Wendy,

      Unfortunately, I don't know how cancer was treated back then. Thankfully, there have been many advancements made over the years. But, as you say, never enough. Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Pancreatic cancer even now has a terrible prognosis - 5 yr rate is about 5-6%. Mainly because by the time it is diagnosed it has already spread. What a challenging time this must have been for his brother William.
    There is a huge amount of helpful information on this death registration - very helpful for putting his life in context. Thanks for posting, and showing how helpful transcribing a record can be.

    1. Hi Celia,

      Yes, pancreatic cancer is so terrible. And as you say, it must have been such a challenging time for Charles' brother William. Thanks for stopping by!

  4. I have found the story of these two brothers both fascinating and somewhat sad. I look forward to finding out more about how William did after his brother died. Thanks for sharing this.

  5. Hi Amy,

    I'm glad you've enjoyed reading about these two Engle brothers. It's my pleasure to tell their story. Each ancestor deserves to be remembered. Thanks for stopping by!




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