Does anyone know the origins of this practice?
Some early American house had a side or rear door that was above ground level; no stairs, landing or porch. My grandmother, born in 1895, rural Missouri, told me the door was for removing anyone who died in the house. The door sill was approximately at the height of a horse drawn buckboard or horse drawn hearse. She said the belief was the dead must not leave by the front door it being a bad omen. The living entered through the front door. The house my grandmother grew up in had such a door.
What was the door called?