Saturday, October 16, 2010

Thomas Travland - death certificate

Here is the death certificate for Ole and Mari Finnestad's grandson, Thomas Tobias Travland.

Thomas was the 4th and youngest child born to Iverdine (Finnestad) and Lewis Joseph Peterson Travland.

Thomas was born May 18, 1879 in Illinois.  The death certificate indicates "Decator" (Decatur), but I highly doubt he was born in Decatur.      Decatur is about 3 hours south of DeKalb county and considering travel was via train or horse back then, it's more likely he was born in DeKalb County since the family lived in Milan township in the 1870's and 1880's.

Thomas died in Corpus Christi, Texas on December 5, 1964 and is buried at the Colony cemetery in Normanna, Texas.

I haven't seen the death certificate for Iverdine and  Lewis'  second child, Anne Maria who died as an infant in 1873, but this certificate is the closest to getting Iverdine's name correct.    Growing up, we used "Finn" as shorthand when referring to our grandparents.   Dena is a shortened version of Iverdine; I've also seen Dina used as well.

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