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 Familysearch.org ( familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1: 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?”