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1890 Death Cert - Coroners Inquest 'Apoplexy, Natural'
« on: Saturday 05 November 16 21:17 GMT (UK) »
Hi, my relative, Samuel Foot died early March 1891 in his home in 188 Southgate Road, London.  There was an inquest held 12 March and the final cause of death listed on the death certificate is 'Apoplexy / Natural'.

My grandmother told the story that her grandfather (Samuel Foot) died, burnt to death in his bed.  If there was an inquest then that could add weight to this family story.  However, Apoplexy sounds more like a stroke than dying of asphyxiation or burns.

As those inquest papers have disappeared and there are no related newspaper articles about the death I wondered if anyone in the forum could advise if 'apoplexy' could be linked to death in a fire.

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Re: 1890 Death Cert - Coroners Inquest 'Apoplexy, Natural'
« Reply #1 on: Saturday 05 November 16 21:32 GMT (UK) »
 
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There was an inquest held 12 March and the final cause of death listed on the death certificate is 'Apoplexy / Natural'.

You say that is the final cause of death, do you know what the others were?

The definition of apoplexy is "unconsciousness or incapacity resulting from a cerebral haemorrhage or stroke." as you say, not really connected with burning to death.
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Re: 1890 Death Cert - Coroners Inquest 'Apoplexy, Natural'
« Reply #2 on: Saturday 05 November 16 21:34 GMT (UK) »
Possibly the "burnt to death in his bed" story was over dramatizing the reality somewhat. 
He could indeed have suffered burns but died later of a stroke  :-\
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Re: 1890 Death Cert - Coroners Inquest 'Apoplexy, Natural'
« Reply #3 on: Saturday 05 November 16 21:40 GMT (UK) »
thank you both.  I suspect the truth will be somewhere between both - maybe he was in a fire and died of stroke-like symptoms.  I also think the family may have embellished it a little.  He was seen as a 'bad bit of goods', having married my 2x great grandmother when she was 21 and he was 62.  He then left his wife, young daughters and mother-in-law in the workhouse a number of times and then after coming back at one point he then disappeared altogether.  The next they heard of him was through the Probate settlement after he died.

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Re: 1890 Death Cert - Coroners Inquest 'Apoplexy, Natural'
« Reply #4 on: Saturday 05 November 16 21:42 GMT (UK) »
Do you have the death certificate?
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