26 March 2009

Number of Children Born & Number Now Living

In the 1900 Falls County, Texas US Federal Census, Mosie (Mossie?) Sasser's future mother-in-law Elenor Crosby shows 11 children born to her with all 11 of those children still living. What are the odds of that?

In the 1910 Coleman County, Texas US Federal Census, Mosie's own mother Melissia (Allen) Sasser shows 13 children born to her with only 5 of those children still living. Can you imagine burying 8 of your children?

I cannot vouch for the validity of the numbers, but that's a serious contrast between Elenor and Melissia. I guess it shows the seemingly randomness of child deaths, as well as possibly the lack of medical knowledge of the time.

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