Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Wednesday's Child: Joseph C. Deller

Gravestone for Joseph C. Deller, Calvary Cemetery, Coffeyville, Ks.
Digital photo by A.B. Deller, 2 Sep 2010

Peter and Caroline "Carrie" [Miller] Deller had 11 children[1] born between 1893 and 1914.  In 1907 it appears that they had twins, Joseph and Josephine, born in October[2].  In 2009, not knowing exactly where Charles Joseph Deller had died, I ordered a death certificate from the Kansas State Board of Health.  Instead of Charles Joseph Deller, I received a death certificate for Joseph C. Deller (I did find a death certificate for Charles Joseph Deller, in Oklahoma, but that's another story). 

I had assumed Joseph had died before 1920 because he wasn't living with his parents and siblings in Coffeyville, so I hadn't searched census records for him as an individual.  After receiving the death certificate, I looked for him in the 1920 US Federal Census in Parsons (where he died), and he was listed as a patient at the Parsons State Hospital for Epileptics.[3]  The death certificate isn't as complete as I would think a certificate filled out by a hospital should be; it didn't include his date of birth or his parents names (and he was technically still a minor).  He died June 22, 1922 at 6:00am of Status Epilepsy and Exhaustion.[4]

Joseph was buried at Calvary Cemetery in Coffeyville, Kansas on June 24th, 1922.  His death and burial was recorded in the Holy Name Catholic Church parish register by Father J. O'Brien.[5] 

[1], 1910 United States Federal Census, Year: 1910; Census Place: Wetmore, McKean, Pennsylvania; Roll: T624_1374; Page: 8A; Enumeration District: 140; Image: 557.
[3], 1920 United States Federal Census, Year: 1920;Census Place: Parsons Ward 4, Labette, Kansas; Roll: T625_536; Page: 4A; Enumeration District: 157; Image: 1062.
[4] Joseph Deller, Parsons, Labette, Kansas death certificate 50 2693 (22 June 1922).
[5] Holy Name Catholic Church, Coffeyville, Kansas, "1922 Parish Register - Liber Defunctorum Ecclesiae," Page 8, Entry No. 5. 

No comments:

Post a Comment