In a message dated 5/31/98 4:35:44 PM, goodship(a)vossnet.co.uk wrote:
<<. 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.
My ggrandfather also died of "consumption", in his 40's, yet neither his
or children was infected. His profession was a "fireman" (actually he stoked
the furnaces in 3 mills in 3 seperate Rhode Island towns and walked approx. 3
miles to each. The mills basically formed a triangle of 9 walked miles for
12/14 hours a day, 6 days a week). Now, how could anyone that walked so much
get "consumption"? Your guess.
Your statement: "Genealogists must be the only people who get excited by death
certificates". Truer words were never printed! Where else may we find that
precious small piece of information we all seek!