Transcribers’ Discovery – A Sad Obituary

There are many transcription projects taking place for the Society of Genealogists.  As part of the transcription of the ‘Mitcham Surrey Pedigrees’, a transcript of an obituary from ‘The Gentleman’s Magazine’ was found that proved to be rather interesting yet sad.

‘1811 Apr 5 – Mr Charles Killick, a respectable builder of Mitcham.  He went to chapel as usual with his family on the preceding Sunday and after the service was taken with a cold shivering but was however able to walk home, Mrs K[illick] was so deeply affected by his death, that she fell victim to excessive anxiety and grief on the following Sunday. They have left a large family.’

Charles Killick is recorded as dying on the 5 April 1811 aged 57.  Mrs Mary Killick (nee Kempster) died on the 12 April 1811 just one week later aged either 50 or 56 (the pedigrees include both ages from different sources).  They married on 10 April 1787 and had eight children, the youngest being about 10 at the time of their deaths. 

SoG are always looking for volunteers to help with transcription projects.  There are opportunities both at the library in London but also remotely from the comfort of your home (provided you can access a computer).  If you are interested in getting involved in a project, please contact Mary Timmins on volunteers@sog.org.uk or see here

Blog written by Amelia Bennett

Image taken from Mitcham Surrey Pedigress – Society of Genealogists