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Death Affidavit

I recently wrotethe blog post, Proving Death, about finding affidavits in the complete pension file for Albert Hutchinson that documented the deaths of both Albert Hutchinson and his first wife, Julia. While working with this file, I found another document that states the death date for Albert.

Below is a transcription of that affidavit.

General Affidavit

State of Missouri
County of Buchanan

In the matter of the claim for pension of Elmer E Hutchinson minor son of Albert Hutchinson

On this 25th day of September A.D. 1911, personally came before me, a Notary Public in and for the county aforesaid George Hockady and Peter Van Valkenburgh 61 & 69 years, a resident of St Joseph in the county of Buchanan and State of Missouri, and ___________ aged ______ years, a resident of ________ in the county of _______ and State of Missouri, whos Postoffice address is 1806 South 4th Street, well known to me to be reputable and entitled to credit and who being duly sworn, declare in relation to said case as follows:

We were well acquainted with Albert Hutchison during his lifeitme and we saw him after he was dead we were present and assisted in laying him out and in preparing him for buriel we were also present at his funeral we know that Albert Hutchinson died on the 22nd day of July 1896 we know these facts from being present at the time.

The above testimony was written in my presence by W H Chattle from oral statement made by us to him on the 25th day of September 1911 at St Joseph Mo., and in making such statement I was not aided or prompted by any written statement at recital dictated by any other person and not attached as an exhibit tot he testimony. I further declare that I have no interest in said case and am not concerned in its prosecution.
George Hockaday
Peter Van Valkenbergh

Sworn to and subscribed before the this 25th day of September A.D> 1911 and I hereby certify that I have no interest and am not concerned in the prosecution of said claim, and tha tI read this foregoing to the deponents and that I [myself] subscribed and swore to the same with a full knowledge of its contents.

My term as Notary Public will expire July 17th 1911

W H Chattle
Notary Public