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"Return of Death"

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"Return of Death"

Posted: 1503764172000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Cushing
I have a "Return of Death" certificate from Hanson, Mass in 1904 for an ancestor who I know for a fact was not dead. He was incarcerated in Sing Sing Prison in late 1903 for murder. He lived to 1962 and I personally knew him. In the Federal Census of 1910, he shows up as a prisoner. But, I found a "Return of Death " for him in July 1904. His parents were the listed names reporting the death. There was a doctor's note claiming he had attended him for one day and he died of a concussion and compressed brain. The birthdate, name and all info is correct except he was very much alive. Is it possible parents' claimed son died so as not to be humiliated in their hometown? He eventually was pardoned in the 1920s but moved to CA under a different first name. I cannot figure out what a "Return of Death" is, compared to a Death Certificate. Any help?

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