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cause of death on certificate
« on: Wednesday 03 June 09 17:22 BST (UK) »
Hi,
I have just received the death certificate of my 3x great grandfather. His cause of death has been noted as 'Decay of nature' on the certificate. I hope it isn't anything sinister but does anyone have a clue if it just means natural causes or what?? He died in 1867 aged 80 years old. I've never come across this wording before.

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Re: cause of death on certificate
« Reply #1 on: Wednesday 03 June 09 17:27 BST (UK) »
Well I cannot say with 100% accuracy but I believe decay of nature just means natural causes.

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Re: cause of death on certificate
« Reply #2 on: Wednesday 03 June 09 18:14 BST (UK) »
I have a couple of death certificates where the (very old) person has died of natural decay

I think it was used when an elderly person died, and no obvious cause of death could be found, so it was assumed they had died because their body had just given up.
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Re: cause of death on certificate
« Reply #3 on: Wednesday 03 June 09 19:01 BST (UK) »

I have a cert with the same cause on too. The lady on it was in her 90's and I took as natural causes due to her old age!

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Re: cause of death on certificate
« Reply #4 on: Wednesday 03 June 09 20:05 BST (UK) »
Thank you for putting my mind to rest, I had a feeling it would be natural causes, but I just had an image in my head of him not being found for weeks after death.

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Morris - Gwytherin/Llangernyw/Pandy Tudur
Blore - Efenechtyd/Clocaenog
Bloor - Cwm/Newmarket Wales
Price - Llangwm, Poulton cum Seacomb/Bebington
Roberts - Llanelidan - 'Pantrwth' Eyarth, Liverpool, Sheffield, Llanrwst
Roberts - Brookhouse Denbigh, Bontuchel
Williams - Abergele
Hughes - Llanfairtalhaiarn
Jones - Llangynhafal

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Re: cause of death on certificate
« Reply #5 on: Friday 05 June 09 14:18 BST (UK) »
I have a document that lists 1000 causes of death and old medical terms.

Confirming that Natural Decay means Old Age.
Hill in Tavistock, Twose and Coles in Halberton, Flower in Havant and Wells.
Negus in Polebrook  Jones in Kingswinford, Phillips in Chirk, Dodd in Cheshire

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Re: cause of death on certificate
« Reply #6 on: Saturday 28 October 17 18:25 BST (UK) »
My ancestor was only 60.......

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Re: cause of death on certificate
« Reply #7 on: Saturday 28 October 17 20:02 BST (UK) »
I've got Natural Decay as well, I think. I've also got a somewhat more poetic "fullness of the life's cycle" and another one for a 92 year old man that actually says "probably old age"!