Annie Gordon (1862-1894)

Today the AIP #WednesdayWisdom series presents an intriguing finding. As highlighted last week, the burial record of Alice Irine Gordon (1893-1894) also contained the burial details of her mother, Annie Gordon. This post presents Annie’s burial details.

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Last time we finished with an intriguing discovery. The burial record of Alice Irine Gordon (1893-1894) also contained the burial details of her mother, Annie Gordon. An accidental find – but also a useful reminder to always read the full records – there it was.

Annie’s burial record revealed that she died on 24 May 1894:

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Her burial record revealed:

  1. Burial location: Agra Cathedral, Bengal
  2. Death date: 24 May 1894
  3. Name: Annie Gordon
  4. Age: 31
  5. Nationality / Profession: Wife of S. Gordon, School Master
  6. Burial date: 8 May 1894
  7. Cause of death: Syncope 
  8. Person whom buried: Fr. Joseph

The confirmed Annie’s death as 24 May 1894, aged 31 years, and burial date 8 May 1894 at Agra Cathedral, Bengal, India. The cause of death is recorded as syncope:

Fainting (syncope) is caused by a temporary reduction in blood flow to the brain. NHS 2018

The record further confirms that Annie was the wife of S. Gordon.

This was an elusive record to find through the usual sources and searches. As with any detective work sometimes a bit of luck is what you need – and diligent attention to the details in front of you.

Anne Cecilia Caroline Watts was born on 3 November 1862 in Benares, Calcutta, India. She married Samuel Carey Gordon on 5 August 1881, and as far as the records discovered so far reveal the couple had four children, Nina Eleanor Watts Gordon (1882), Minnie Eliza Watts Gordon (1884), Robert Augustus Carey Gordon (1889) and Alice Irine Gordon (1893).

The search continues for more.

Cover picture credit: Ali Naqi


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