Does a ‘good innings’ run in the family – Martha DIX 1770 -1873

Again using the British newspaper archive website I have been lucky to find a newspaper report in the Bath Chronicle (although the event was in Suffolk!) from Thursday 3rd April 1873 about the death of my 4 times Great Grandmother Martha DIX nee CATTERMOLE.

The report states that Mrs Martha DIX who had completed her 103rd birthday on 6th January last, was buried on Friday in the churchyard of St James, Dunwich, Suffolk. She was surrounded at the grave by a numerous progeny of descendants, the eldest among whom was a daughter aged 82. (Progeny refers to a genetic descendant or offspring)

Bath Chronicle 3 4 1873 Martha DIX

On obtaining  copy of Martha’s death certificate I was able to ascertain that she died on the 24th March 1873 having been born on the 6th January 1770 and her cause of death was given as ‘Natural Decay’

Martha Dix (nee Cattermole)

I am descended from Martha and Joseph DIX’s son Joseph and I can therefore only imagine all the family stories that were shared on the occasion of this funeral back in 1873 and I am keeping my fingers crossed that I live as long and full a life as Martha!

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St James Church in Dunwich in Suffolk

Simon Last   


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