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?
Dad always talked about his little sister, Betty, who died when she was 3 1/2 years old.
Betty was born when Dad was two years old. She was the sixth child out of eleven that would come to that family.
One day, older sister Mary was rocking little Betty by a pot bellied stove that had a pot of beans cooking and bubbling away on the top of it. As she rocked Betty, she would "push off" with her foot against the stove. Each time she pushed, the pot of beans would move a little closer to the edge.
It eventually moved too close to the edge and fell right on to baby Betty and Mary. It mostly covered Betty, scalding her severely.
It took Betty three, agonizing days to die from the burns. What a terrible death! And, the terrible feelings that Mary must have had running through her 11 year old mind. The helplessness of her parents hearing her cries must have haunted them throughout their lives.
One of my sisters is named Betty in honor of this sweet little aunt that died so many years ago.