March 11 — Did you have any female ancestors who died young or from tragic or unexpected circumstances? Describe and how did this affect the family?
My great grandma Sarah Helen died in 1949 from tuberculosis. At the age of 52, she wasn’t terribly young. But my grandmother was only 19. She’d missed a lot of school to care for her mother, although she did graduate from high school. And she finished raising her sister Marilyn. After my grandparents married, Aunt Marilyn lived with them until she married.
There was a definite tragic death in the family in 1882. My 3rd great grandmother Mary Ann Fox (born Kring) died in a flash flood in Frenchburg, KY. She was bedfast and her son John and other family members had tied ropes around her bed and were trying to raise her to the loft when a gush of water came through the door. She was swept away and found days later with other victims of the flood.