Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Thomas Morton: Death Certificate and Obituary

 Courtesy Iva Beckstead

OBITUARY

Thomas Morton died June 11, 1911, in Coalville, Summit, Utah and was buried in the Coalville cemetery on June 13, 1911.

The following obituary was printed in The Coalville Times on Friday, June 16, 1911.  The photocopy is hard to read, so it has been retyped below.

“Lives to Good Old Age”

        Died – At his home in Cluff Ward, Thomas Morton of general debility, Sunday morning at 8:15.
        The silver cord is loosened, the golden bowl is broken, the dust has returned to earth as it was; the spirit has returned to the God who gave it.
        The deceased was born Dec. 23, 1830, in Snareston, Leicestershire, England.  Emigrated to American in the year 1873, and remained in Rock Springs, Wyoming until the spring of 1874, when he came to Coalville and has resided here ever since.  His wife died almost nineteen years ago.  He followed the occupation of coal miner in England, and farmer in this country.  He was baptized a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints in the year 1843, at Ravenstone.  The deceased was the father of four children, three of whom preceded him to the great beyond, and one son, Herbert Morton, survives him.  He has sixteen grandchildren, and seventeen great-grandchildren.  He died a firm believer in the religion he espoused in his native land.
        The funeral services were held from the Cluff meeting house, under the direction of Bishop Wilde.   The speakers were Ishmael Hayes, T. L. Beech, Frank Croft and Bishop Wilde.  The singing was conducted by J. E. Carruth.  The meeting house was well filed with friends, who met to pay their last respects to the departed.  The floral tributes were beautiful.  Interment was in the city cemetery.”

Thomas was 80 years, five months, and 19 days old when he passed away due to old age.
OBITUARY

Thomas Morton died June 11, 1911, in Coalville, Summit, Utah and was buried in the Coalville cemetery on June 13, 1991.

The following obituary was printed in The Coalville Times on Friday, June 16, 1911.  The photocopy is hard to read, so it has been retyped below.

“Lives to Good Old Age”

        Died – At his home in Cluff Ward, Thomas Morton of general debility, Sunday morning at 8:15.
        The silver cord is loosened, the golden bowl is broken, the dust has returned to earth as it was; the spirit has returned to the God who gave it.
        The deceased was born Dec. 23, 1830, in Snareston, Leicestershire, England.  Emigrated to American in the year 1873, and remained in Rock Springs, Wyoming until the spring of 1874, when he came to Coalville and has resided here ever since.  His wife died almost nineteen years ago.  He followed the occupation of coal miner in England, and farmer in this country.  He was baptized a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints in the year 1843, at Ravenstone.  The deceased was the father of four children, three of whom preceded him to the great beyond, and one son, Herbert Morton, survives him.  He has sixteen grandchildren, and seventeen great-grandchildren.  He died a firm believer in the religion he espoused in his native land.
        The funeral services were held from the Cluff meeting house, under the direction of Bishop Wilde.   The speakers were Ishmael Hayes, T. L. Beech, Frank Croft and Bishop Wilde.  The singing was conducted by J. E. Carruth.  The meeting house was well filed with friends, who met to pay their last respects to the departed.  The floral tributes were beautiful.  Interment was in the city cemetery.”

Thomas was 80 years, five months, and 19 days old when he passed away due to old age.

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