Thursday, 29 August 2013

Catherine Augusta White

First born child of Samuel en Catherine was Catherine Augusta White.
She died in spring 1858 only months after her summer 1857 birth and 4th November baptism. 
Their ‘home town’ Southampton, being a port, was not necessarily a healthy place to bring up a family. 
Exposure to ‘foreign diseases’ (brought in by passengers or crew) was a distinct possibility. 
In 1783 Jane Austen and her sister had been sent away to be educated and were on holiday there. 
Typhoid had broken out and Jane had become seriously ill. 
Years later she had to rush down to Southampton to nurse the family when her cousin and other family members caught cholera.

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