Updated: Jan 23
When I started researching the father of my great-grandfather, the only record that had been found was the family on the 1900 census in Warwick, Orange County, New York. Nothing further was known. He wasn't in the home with his wife, Lydia, in 1910. I combed through local newspapers for days until I finally found a tiny announcement in the Warwick Advertiser, June 4, 1909 edition.
With this new information, I was full of anticipation expecting it to lead me to the names of his parents. I ordered a copy of his death record from Village of Walden Town Clerk's Office and received it promptly:
To my disappointment, in the space for "Father's Name", we learn that the informant didn't know Charles' father's name. "Chas Decker - unknown" is written, leaving us only with the chance that his father's name was also Charles Decker.
As for his birth date, according to the age given on his death record, he was born April 7, 1862. On the 1900 census, however, "Jul 1863" is given as his birth month and year. Additional research will be needed to ascertain his actual date of birth.
For more information, see the Decker page.
If you know where Charles G. Decker is buried, or who his parents were, please comment below!