Finding a cause of death

+2 votes
I'd like to find out why Will died at age 36. I've searched Ancestry, Family Search, and WikiTree. I've also used Oklahoma Historical Society and Elephind  websites to try to find newspaper obits and stories. I can order a death certificate through OK2Explore, but it's $15.00.

Is there another source I should check?  

Thanks for any help!
WikiTree profile: Will Gossett
in Genealogy Help by Lisa Ball G2G Rookie (280 points)
Welcome, Lisa!  If you want the official cause, and a document to back it up, you need the certificate.  If you're lucky, someone already paid the fee and posted it somewhere.  Otherwise, you just have to decide whether it's worth $15 to you.

2 Answers

+1 vote

Findmypast seems like he might have been married?

Nara Roll 867
Record set Veterans Administration Pension Payment Cards, 1907-1933
First name(s) William
Gender Male
Last name Gossett
Year 1907-22
Death year 1922
Spouse's first name(s) Ellen
Country United States
Form type Army Widow
Death date 14 Mar 1922
First beneficiary first name(s) Ellen
First beneficiary last name Gossett
NARA publication number M850
Category Armed Forces & Conflict
Subcategory Regimental & Service Records
Collections from Americas, United States

by Marion Poole G2G Astronaut (1.2m points)
I see that there are 2 William T Gossett born about same time, different states. Also a few more just William.
Thanks Marion!

This is a big help. I was able to find the record you provided on Ancestry. It's not "my" Gossett, but you've given me a new place to look for information.

Just as an FYI, the William T. Gossett I'm looking for was married to Parmelia Frances Tarter. They lived in Bennington, Bryan County, Oklahoma. He was working for the post office in 1918 and by the 1920 census, he wasn't working and died about a month later at age 36. His 2 brothers also died young. His son, and my grandfather, died at age 54. It has me curious.  

I hope you have a wonderful day.
+1 vote
Findmypast. Last son on 1920 census

First name(s)BertLast nameGossettRelationshipSonMarital statusSingleGenderMaleAge1Birth year1919Birth placeOklahomaEthnicityAmericanRaceWhiteFather's first name(s)William TFather's last nameGossettFather's birth placeTexasMother's first name(s)FrancesMother's last nameGossettMother's birth placeTexasCity/township-CountyBryanStateOklahomaRecord setUs Census 1920CategoryCensus, land & surveysSubcategoryCensusCollections fromAmericas, United States
by Marion Poole G2G Astronaut (1.2m points)


Optional keywords-First name(s)BertLast nameGossettSexMaleAge23Birth year1919ResidenceOklahoma City, Oklahoma, OklahomaFather's first name(s)-Father's last name-Mother's first name(s)-Mother's last name-EventMarriageYear1942Event date23 Aug 1942Location-Place, Benton, Arkansas, United StatesCountyBentonStateArkansasCountryUnited StatesSpouse's first name(s)Lily BerylSpouse's last nameDaySpouse's sexFemaleSpouse's age20Spouse's birth year1922Spouse's father's first name(s)-Spouse's father's last name-Spouse's mother's first name(s)-Spouse's mother's last name-FamilySearch film number001994611Record setUnited States MarriagesCategoryLife Events (BDMs)SubcategoryCivil Marriage & DivorceCollections fromAmericas, United States

Findmypast 1930 census 

Last name Gossett
Relationship Son
Sex Male
Race White
Age 11
Birth year 1919
Birth place Oklahoma
Marital status Single
Father's birth place Texas
Mother's birth place Texas
City/township Durant
County Bryan
State Oklahoma
NARA series T626
NARA roll 1894
Record set Us Census 1930
Category Census, land & surveys
Subcategory Census
Collections from Americas, United States

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