Elizabeth Deming (1783 - 1801) Died at age 18 what was cause of death?

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Miss Elizabeth Deming died at about the age of 18 on July 14, 1801. See FAG Link. The daughter of Henry Deming and Ann (Lord) Deming. Her profile needs updating and the mystery of how she died to be solved; Also needs GEDcom import minor clean up 

Some mysteries are lost to time but maybe we can find out how she passed away

Thank you

I took photos of stone to help

WikiTree profile: Elizabeth Deming
in Genealogy Help by Andrew Simpier G2G6 Pilot (445k points)
recategorized by Jillaine Smith
If she was married as suggested below, a common cause of death in women would have been childbirth.  I would look for marriages but I find it odd she would have a gravestone without her married name.
Prefix on stone is Miss so I don’t believe she was married but possible

6 Answers

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When I am no longer under "stay at home" orders, I can look up her death record at the local family history center.

"Connecticut Deaths and Burials, 1772-1934", database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:F7Z5-7P2 : 16 January 2020), Elizabeth Deming, 1801.

by Robin Lee G2G6 Pilot (768k points)
This is definitely her too bad no image available. I added the family search sources that are definitely her. I doubt she was married her prefix on the stone is “Miss” I believe
+5 votes

Note year of birth corrected from previous entry - Sorry

Familysearch.org (FS) has the following information available 

Elizabeth Deming FS ID K8LC-C3T born 23 June 1783 Wethersfield Township, Hartford, Connecticut, United States – died 14 July 1801 Wethersfield, Hartford, Connecticut, United States

Spouse Joel Olmstead FS ID K4RD-TQD born 21 April 1782 East Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut, United States died 6 January 1826 East Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut, United States

Marriage is listed about 1800 Hartford, Connecticut, United States

I am unable to find and cause of death.  You may have better luck than me

She had 6 Sisters & 2 Brothers she was 6th on the list 

I suggest you go to Familysearch.org to check ALL the information that is available

NOTE: I am passing this on for your information – I can only be guided by what is on that site, correct or not


Cheers Ross Geissmann


by Ross Geissmann G2G6 Mach 2 (25.1k points)
edited by Ross Geissmann
I found very little on family search but added what we know is definitely her sources. Her gravestone is titled Miss as a prefix I believe so I doubt she was married although I could be wrong

Well the Olmsted or Olmstead name is associated to Wethersfield. So very possible a year into marriage she died. She didn’t mention him in her will or did she?
something wrong there, born before death in those items you list.
+2 votes
At least in southern Virginia, I saw markers of young wives that would read with her original maiden name then say "wife of........."  There is no set rule on this which adds to the mystery of the original question.
That’s interesting. I learn something everyday lol
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I believe I found her will, she may have had knowledge she was ill. Probate 1801

by Lori Cook G2G6 Mach 2 (27.9k points)
Oh? That’s interesting!!
Added will to profile she writes that she is very weak in body. Searched and found no documents on what she died from.
Thank you Lori this helps

Oh wow is this her handwriting? There is an X so maybe she couldn’t write

Mentions her siblings by name yup it’s her

Added nickname “Betsy”

I don’t see her mentioning a husband by the name of a Joel Olmstead or Olmsted. If she married and died a year later I’m sure she would mention him?

It's fun finding things like this,

Happy Researching--Lori
+4 votes
If I were a betting woman, I would bet that she died of consumption, that she knew she was ill when she married, and that she died within 6 months of her marriage. I have found that scenario not uncommon during the 18th-early 19th centuries. Is she buried in her birth family's plot? If so, it's possible they paid for her burial and grave marker, thus the maiden name.

I'm just speculating here....
by Carole Bannes G2G6 Mach 4 (42.9k points)
That would be fairly common:  It would be assumed that her husband would remarry and be buried with the wife with whom he spent his life.  The bride would be buried with her family.
+2 votes
After two centuries, knowing what killed this young woman is probably not possible. Life was often short. Yellow fever was very prevalent at that time. Typhus was common. Influenza. Have a minor cut and you could easily die from sepsis. Small pox was common. Food poisoning. Cholera. Take your pick. As others have said, it does not look like she was married, so complications of child birth was probably not the cause.
by M. Fitzgerald G2G6 (6.5k points)

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