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.
[Note: This post originally ran during the Fearless Females series in March 2010]
My grand (great) Aunt Mary Fencsak Ceyba died in June of 1929 from tuberculosis. She was 38 years old and left behind five children John, Anna, George, Margaret and Helen. Right after her death her husband remarried a widowed neighbor woman who had five children of her own. Mary’s son, George, told me that life after his mother’s death was difficult.
I wrote about Mary in a case study for the January 2008 issue of Internet Genealogy.
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Mothers are the glue that hold the family together. My dad often spoke of his mother trying to eke out a living after his father died when he was three.
She had such a hard life that he insisted that me and my two sisters get a post high school education in case anything happened to our husbands. His thinking was really formed by his experiences.