corisande, on 20 September 2010 - 03:13 PM, said:
If nothing else his death was registered in his birth name, but someone else did that!
Unfortunately none of those people you have found are likely to be him. But as you say, it is impossible to know what name he would have left his will in.
I guess, correct me anyone if I am wrong, that as the death was register in Berkhamstead. then that is where he died. Trouble with English death certs is that if I got one it is unlikely to tell much more that the registrant
Because of the nature of the laws governing inheritance, the person(s) seeking probate or administration over his estate would have had to apply under his 'real' name, or whatever name was on his 'official' documents, such as a passport. They would also have to list any 'known' (or 'unofficial') names that he was known by, or under which he may have owned property, bank accounts, investments, etc. The entries in the probate registers will therefore list a person's real name ("Carew, Frank Hallowell"), and then state something like "otherwise known as Hallowell Carew, also known as...." etc. So I think the chances of him having a will under a completely different name is pretty slim. Same would apply to the death cert, which would also have to be produced when seeking probate or administration (which a very good reason for thinking that this is the name that would appear in the probate register).
You are correct in thinking that if his death is registered in Berkhamstead then he died in that immediate area. The DC would give name and age of the deceased, probably the occupation, present address (home rather than hospital), cause of death, place of death, and the name of a person who identified the body (probably his next-of-kin or a family member, depending on the circumstances of his death). So scope for research there, I'd have thought.
And, despite him being a bit 'colourful', I was guessing that he wouldn't be known by most of the other names that I listed (Maud, Isabella, Gertrude.....), I only mentioned them in case they tied in with the family tree.