So sad. A number of families in my history have lost children, and no matter how many, I can only imagine the grief. But 6! And to know that they were sickly throughout their brief lives makes it even more tragic. (Never mind the possibility that their mother could have been involved...) It certainly makes me count my blessings!
Yeah, me too. Big time!
was there any indication of the mothers health?? knowing what we know nowdays about prenatal care, it seems entirely possible she was in poor health.. such things as tuberculosis, syphilis etc could have been the underlining causation for failure to thrive babies.. including was the mother able to even produce milk properly..
Taj - we don't know what her health was like at the time, but she lived to be 94. I have been in touch with a medical historian who deals with this area and time period, and he didn't have a whole lot to add aside from the fact that they weren't traditional paupers - they had a relatively decent house - but the father did not have a great income. It is possible that the mother as she was getting older was no longer able to nurse sufficiently. But they would have had other options such as cow's milk - making me think that not all of them should have died. I'm hoping to get to Scotland in a year or so and see if I can look further into it.
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