If the house has ever been rented, it's nearly impossible to determine if anyone ever died in the house. You could interview the neighbors...
Or if you're concerned about the history of a house, you may be better off with a brand new house that no one has ever lived in.
Not sure why the original builder name is important because you absolutely should hire a well qualifiied home inspector to verify the condition of the house. A house that old may have been modified considerably since it was originally built. You can check permit records to see when the roof was replaced and any other changes that required permits.
Hope this helps.
Alma Rose Kee, P.A.
Charles Rutenberg Realty, Inc.