Walking through Saint Vincent's Cemetery looking for monuments to fulfill photo requests we came upon this stone. No other stones close and no clue as to where J. F & E. F. BRIDGE are buried is seen.
Now I can hardly image having 12 children let alone losing 12 children.
J.F. & E. F. BRIDGE lost just that many in a span of 28 years.
The deaths of these children started in 1862 with a one year old child dying. In 1865 two children, a 9 and a 7 year old were gone. A 19 year gap is broken by the 1884 deaths of four children. Four children in one year. They were a 7 year old, an 8 year old, a 9 year old and a 10 year old. I checked for epidemics in the 1800's none are listed for 1884 all though TB, Malaria or Scarlet fever could happen at any time none were listed as significant that year.
By now the Bridges had lost 6 children between 10 and 1 year(s) of age at the time of their deaths.
A reprieve for 6 years allowed the rest of the family to continue to age.
But then came 1890 and the death of 5 more of the children.
An 8, a 10, a 12 a 19 and a 20 year old all died in 1890.
Can you even imagine going through that after a gap of 6 years to recover from the loss of the last 4 deaths?
There was a flu epidemic in 1889 and one of Diphtheria in 1890 that continued through until 1895. Typhoid Fever was a problem in these years, also.
The couple continued to have new births through out this time with the last birth of the expired children in 1882.
How many children did this family have? Did any make it through adulthood to have their own families?
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