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Looking for Records on Patrah Christoffersen

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Re: Looking for Records on Patrah Christoffersen

Posted: 1402183713000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Christofferson, Christopherson, christoffersen
I was so happy to find your posts regarding Patrah C. My mother knew very little about Patrah, her G.G. Grandmother...only that she spent some time at the asylum in Blackfoot...and that she had been buried at the city's cemetery in an unmarked grave. Mom hated the notion of her not having a headstone and wanted very much to remedy this one we could confirm her location. So in 2010, we traveled from Texas to Blackfoot and met with the Asylum's director. She was very pleasant, but gave us minimal information which ended up producing more questions & confusion. She told us she had record of Patrah's admittance in 1897 & it showed her being released from the asylum less than a month later. Yet, After returning to Texas, I found her in a 1910 census which showed her a resident at the asylum. The information the asylum's director gave us was listed as "Patrah Christopherson". I had provided the director a few different spelling variants to try finding her under, but she seemed to only find the one record.

I ended up ordering a copy of her death certificate which was very informative. It showed she resided in Blackfoot for 16 years prior to her death on March 27, 1913. Had her cause of death as "uremic convulsions", with "chronic Instertitial nephritis" listed as the secondary COD. Also stated that she was buried at city cemetery March 29, 1913. (Hope to soon have photo of death cert uploaded/viewable/attached to her record in my family tree.) Needless to say, I too would love to know about Patrah & her stay (or stays) there at the asylum.

Regarding her burial, our meeting with the Sexton, Phillip Meline, at the cemetery was much more fruitful. Once again, we had to provide him various spellings of both her 1st & last names and he ended up finding her listed under "Patroh Christoferson" (appears that "Patroh" came about when cemetary office was transcribing her name information from the mortuary's original, hand-written "Record of Funeral" document. Will upload my copy of this record as well.)

Regarding Otto... He did remarry a woman named Julia. He resided in Pocatello until his death. Will try to get both documents uploaded soon. Happy to share any info I have... I would also love any opportunity to learn more about what happened to Patrah that took her away from her family. Her youngest child, Caraline, was adopted and raised by another family, but don't know the circumstances of the other 5 siblings after Patrah went to the asylum.
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