19 September 2022

The Oregon Death of Jean Watt Kellen

Source: Archives, "Oregon, U.S., State Deaths, 1864-1968," database, Ancestry.com, entry for Jean Ethel Kellan; death certificate number 19, 1914.

Researching one's family can bring excitement when you find what you are looking for, but it can bring sadness when the record shows unexpected details. Previously, I wrote about Baby Kellan, the son or daughter of Arthur Kellan and Jean Ethel Watt Kellan. 

While researching my paternal great-aunt, Jean Ethel Watt Kellan, her death certificate1 of 4 January 1914, was one day after Baby Kellan's birth. I had such a feeling of sadness knowing that Baby Kellan would grow up without his mother.

Jean Ethel Watt was the daughter of David Watt and Katherine McGee Watt. She was born 4 March 18862, in Marquette, Marquette, Michigan. She married Arthur Kellan 12 October 19103, in Marquette, Marquette, Michigan. Sometime after October of 1910, Arthur and Jean found themselves in Portland, Multnomah, Oregon.

Jean died at Rose City Sanatorium in Portland, Oregon at the age of twenty-seven. Are you wondering what happened to Baby Kellan and his father? Check back for that story.

1Archives, "Oregon, U.S., State Deaths, 1864-1968," database, Ancestry.com, entry for Jean Ethel Kellan; death certificate number 19, 1914.

2 "Michigan Marriages 1868-1925," volume 3, page 23, record number 312.

3 Ibid.


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