My great grandmother, Hattie Fenn Glover, had an older brother, Zalton. They were the children of Daniel C. Fenn and Elizabeth Poor Fenn. I found Zalton's death certificate and noticed that his brother, Tully, was the informant.
Further research shows that Tully knew what he was talking about when he gave information on this death certificate.
- Zalton's name is spelled correctly.
- The birth date is accurate, 19 November 1850.
- The parents names are given, including mother's maiden name: Daniel Fenn and Elizabeth Poor.
- The parent's birthplace is accurate: Daniel in Vermont and Elizabeth in New York.
This isn't always the case and one needs to analyze death certificates to determine the accuracy of the information. I have found more errors than accurate information on death certificates. This time I got lucky and the information provided was verified by other records.
Zalton Fenn died 15 December 1908 in Big Rapids, Michigan, at the age of 58.
Source: State of Michigan, "Death Records 1897-1920," database, State of Michigan, Seeking Michigan (http://seekingmichigan.org/discover-collection?collection=p129401coll7: accessed 20 September 2011), certificate of death for Zalton Fenn; citing Michigan Department of State, Lansing, Vital Statistics Division.