Lucy Ward’s baby.

Death certificates have not always been complete or reliable sources of primary evidence. When a two month-old girl died on 9 January 1914 in Wilson, her name was originally given as “Lucy Ward‘s Baby.” Her first name was later added as “(Mildred)” and, later still, a surname, her mother’s.

Worse, the toddler’s cause of death is wholly unsatisfactorily: “Don’t know — didn’t have a physician.” End of inquiry.

Mildred Ward’s place of burial is broadly noted as Wilson, N.C. Assuming this indicates a cemetery within town limits, she likely was buried at the old Oakdale Cemetery or the newly opened public cemetery that we now refer to as Vick.

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