Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine - - Q&A -

QIn our Oc­to­ber is­sue Mervyn Wright said he was hav­ing trou­ble find­ing the death record of his great grand­fa­ther Isaac Col­bourne be­tween 1901 and 1911 in Dorset.

ASue Sur­man was one of the first to re­spond, find­ing a death record for an Isaac Col­bourne, aged 44, in Chich­ester, West Sus­sex, in the June Quar­ter of 1904 (2b 244). As it’s some dis­tance from Dorset, Sue sug­gests that “per­haps he was trav­el­ling?”. Tri­cia Thomas came up with the same re­sult, and sug­gested that the birth cer­tifi­cate may hold the clue as to why he was there.

Danny Bar­ber found the same record on Fam­i­ ( fam­i­ 2NR8-X18), while Pa­tri­cia Shaw’s search on Ances­try sug­gested that Isaac died in the Chich­ester Lu­natic Asy­lum, with his sur­name recorded as “Col­borne”.

Al­ter­na­tively, Wendy Furneaux found the death of an Isaac Ge­orge Col­bourne in Christchurch, Hamp­shire, near his last-known ad­dress in Bournemouth, in 1916. She says: “Maybe the en­try on the 1911 census say­ing the wife was a widow was wrong?”

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