I have just received a death certificate dated 1847 showing the cause of
death of one of my ancestors, Daniel WARE, as consumption. His occupation
was Gamekeeper and he was 32 years old.
This, as usual, raises more questions than it answers and I wondered if
anyone could help with the following:-
1. I understand that deer can carry TB and that it can be caught from people
handling deer or venison. Is this correct and would this have been known at
2. I would have thought that a 32 year old gamekeeper would have been fairly
fit. My idea of a normal consumptive would be of a town dweller, either
very young or elderly. Am I looking at this through 20th century eyes?
3. Was consumption among gamekeepers common?
4. The cause of death says "Consumption on years Not Certified". Why would
a death not be certified?
If anyone can shed any light on any of these questions, I would be very
Genealogists must be the only people who get excited by death certificates.