Wednesday, February 29, 2012

A Leap Year Day Death - Sarah G. Lawton Carpenter

I was just looking at my 3rd great-grandmother's records when I noticed that she died on Leap Year Day in 1904, exactly 98 years ago today.

I previously wrote a post about Sarah Gardiner Lawton here.  She was born in South Kingston, Rhode Island to Clark Lawton and Sarah A. Gardiner.
Death Certificate for Sarah A. Gardiner Carpenter
Died 29 February 1904

She was married to John L. Carpenter in Valley Falls, Rhode Island on 5 May 1845. She died just over the Rhode Island state line in So Attleboro, Massachusetts on 29 February 1904 of senile debility and thrombosis.

I wonder what the odds are of being born or dying on Leap Year Day.

"Massachusetts Death Records, 1841-1915", index and images, FamilySearch (; from Massachusetts State Archives. "Deaths, 1841-1971". Massachusetts Division of Vital Statistics, State House, Boston, Massachusetts. Record for Sarah A. Gardiner, Volume 3, Certificate # 37. FHL microfilm # 2069265. Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah

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