14 February 2015

John Watt, Marquette, Michigan Death Certificate

Source:  State of Michigan, "Death Records 1897-1920," database, State of Michigan, Seeking Michigan (http://seekingmichigan.org/discover-collection?collection=p129401coll7: accessed 23 January 2013), death certificate number 102 for John W. Watt, Marquette, Michigan; citing Michigan Department of State, Lansing, Vital Statistics Division.

SeekingMichigan.org is an excellent website for researching Michigan ancestry and in this case, death records.  The website has images of death certificates from 1897-1920, with additional years promised to be added soon.  Although, the Archives of Michigan has been saying that for months. The delay has to do with changing companies and getting the records into a format that can be uploaded easily and grow in the future.

The image above is for John W. Watt, one of twelve children born to my second great grandparents John Watt and Jane Wilson.  John W. Watt was the brother of my great grandfather, David Watt.

John was born in Scotland in 1862.  He immigrated to the United States in the early 1880's, settling in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, in Marquette, Michigan.  He married Annie Smith on 14 February 1888, in Marquette, Michigan.

John Watt died at the age of 40, in Marquette, Michigan, of carcinoma (cancer) with hemorrhage of bowels as a contributory factor.  He was the father of three children, Annie, John and Clarence, all under the age of 13 when their father died on 16 September 1902.

According to this death certificate John W. Watt is buried in Holy Cross Cemetery, Marquette, Michigan.

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