The Short Life of Nina Eleanor Watts Gordon (1882-1887)

Today the AIP #WednesdayWisdom series presents the burial record of Nina Eleanor Watts Gordon. The official records discovered so far indicate that Nina was the first born child of Samuel Carey Gordon and Anne Cecilia Caroline Watts. Sadly, as with many other previous discoveries, Nina had a very short life (1882-1887)

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Further exploration of the official records using a variety of sources (available here) revealed the burial record of Nina Eleanor Watts Gordon. Nina died on 9 August 1887:

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Her burial record revealed:

  1. Burial location: Jubbulpore, Bengal.
  2. Death date: 9 August 1887
  3. Name: Nina Gordon
  4. Age: 5
  5. Nationality / Profession: Daughter of Mrs A. Gordon
  6. Burial date: 9 August 1887
  7. Cause of death: Diphtheria
  8. Person whom buried: F.J. Clarke, Off. Minister

The confirmed Nina’s death as 9 August 1887, aged 5, and burial date 9 August 1887 at Jubbulpore, Bengal, India. The cause of death is recorded as Diphtheria. 

Diphtheria is a highly contagious and potentially fatal infection that can affect the nose and throat, and sometimes the skin. NHS 2018

The record further confirms Nina’s mother as Mrs A. Gordon – which provides an extra validation that this is the same Nina Eleanor Watts Gordon as previously found.

Of the children discovered so far, Nina is the first of four children of Samuel and Anne. More to follow.


Samuel Carey and Anne Cecilia Caroline Gordon’s children discovered so far:

Nina Eleanor Watts Gordon: 10 January 1882 – 9 August 1887

Minnie Eliza Watts Gordon: 2 April 1884

Robert Augustus Carey Gordon: 11 July 1889

Alice Irine Gordon21 June 1893


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