|dc.description.abstract||This document provides a transcription of what is identified as Book 2 of J.W. McCormick, a funeral home doing business in Columbia, South Carolina during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. This volume includes individuals passing through the McCormick Funeral Home between December 1903 and April 1906, including patients of the S.C. State Hospital
who had family able to pay for burial costs, as well as white and black citizens primarily of the Columbia, South Carolina area.
The information includes the decedent’s name, last place of residence, their age, the cause of death, the attending physician, the death date and the burial date, the location of the funeral and burial, who was to pay for the funeral, and then listing of itemized costs – such as washing the body, “preservation” (embalming), the casket (including a description and cost), information on the handles used (if something out of the ordinary, i.e., involving extra cost), the use of a vault, clothing costs, and other funeral costs (such as the hearse), and cemetery charges.||