Lois Wood, ; <email@example.com>; October 05, 2011
I see with interest your query reply regarding a death record for Anna THACKER, d 9 Dec 1857, of Pike Co., KY.
I did not know that an actual Death Certificate for this period was extant; and, if so, they would probably he in a collection housed with The KY Historical Society.
But, what seems to be the only extant list of deaths for 1857 Pike Co. (that I have seen) is actually a handwritten index of the original records, with this transcription of original spellings being open to question; as are all such indices. [One does question the English proficiency of the writer when we see the sex of the female individuals variously written as “feemale” or “feemail,” and numerous surnames incorrectly spelled - but that is not uncommon.]
This Index, which may actually be to what you refer, has spellings that are difficult to decipher.
As I read a copy of this original Index, I can see why one could come to the conclusion that ANNA could be either THACKER or TACKETT. It does appear to me, however, that the spelling is actually TACKETT, as is the record 3 lines down, for Phillip TACKETT - but his could be confused for TUCKETT. But, we know that no such surname existed in Pike Co., KY at that time.
We also see, what I conclude to be a verification, in the 1850 census in which “Amey Tackett,” wife of William, is noted as being age 74. . . . . and the apparent fact that no Anna THACKER is found in the 1850 census.
We also find the transcription of this Index given as Anna TACKETT in the work, Pike Co., KY Death Records, 1849-1909, by Dorcas M. Hobbs & John W. Picklesimer, Sr., [n.d.], Pikeville, KY.
But, then, I’m reluctant to “never say never.”
Regards, Jim W. Tackitt, www.TackettFamilies.com
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