The Short Life of Alice Irine Gordon (1893-1894)

Today the AIP #WednesdayWisdom series presents an intriguing burial record. Yet another very short life, this time Alice Irine Gordon. In addition to Alice’s burial details, this record revealed a missing piece of the Anglo-Indian Project jigsaw.

Wednesday Wisdom 2018

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Continuing to search through the multiple genealogical sources (see a full list of these here), revealed one of the most intriguing records found so far, and highlighted the benefit of persistence with genealogical research. Alice’s burial record revealed that she died on 18 April 1894:

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Her burial record revealed:

  1. Burial location: Agra Cathedral, Bengal
  2. Death date: 18 April 1894
  3. Name: Alice Irine Gordon
  4. Age: 10 months
  5. Nationality / Profession: Child of S. Gordon, Master, St Peter’s College
  6. Burial date: 18 April 1894
  7. Cause of death: Convulsions
  8. Person whom buried: Unclear

The confirmed Alice’s death as 18 April 1894, aged 10 months, and burial date 18 April 1894 at Agra Cathedral, Bengal, India. The cause of death is recorded as convulsions:

Febrile seizures (febrile convulsions) are fits that can happen when a child has a fever. They most often happen between the ages of six months and three years. NHS 2018

The record further confirms that S. Gordon was Alice’s father. But why is any of this so intriguing?

It wasn’t Alice’s record itself which was the most intriguing part. A couple of lines down, on the same record, are the burial details of Annie Gordon – Alice’s mother. We’ll turn to this particular record next week.

Of the children discovered so far, Alice is the fourth child 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 – 18 April 1894


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