This is another Georgia death certificate that I located via a search at FamilySearch Labs (read more about finding Georgia Death Certificates). Walter P. Hemphill was my great-grandfather’s brother, making him my second-great-uncle. I knew a little about Walter prior to finding this death certificate, but it also provided several new bits of information and is a primary source for some data and a secondary source for other data.
Death place: Oglethorpe, Macon County, Georgia
Spouse’s maiden name: I knew his wife was named Henrietta from a census record. Now I know that she was born Henrietta Littlefield.
Daughter’s residence: Nellie, his oldest daughter, was the informant on the death certificate, so I learned that she also lived in Oglethorpe in 1930.
Occupation: had something to do with Telephones, but part of the entry is illegible.
Death date: 05 Mar 1930 – I had 06 Mar 1930 from a secondary source; clearly the death certificate is more reliable for this fact.
Birth: Oct 1869 (I have October 12 from another source).
His parents are named as James Hemphill and Mary Eliza [this should be Elizabeth] McEntire.
Birth place: Georgia – this is consistent with census data on Walter, although I had hoped for something more specific.
Look for marriage license for Walter and Henrietta.