In three consecutive generations in the Hork family, women had to raise their young children without a husband. I had not thought about the loss of the breadwinner before, but now I will. Maria Catharine Trösster (1813-1874) Joseph Heinrich Horoch, who lived in Oberhundem, in Kreis (county) Olpe in Westfalen, died on 5 October 1857 of dysentery.  Two other children also died two days previous on 3 October: Maria Elisabeth who was just eighteen months old  and Johan Joseph Carl, who was eleven.  Joseph was fifty-three years old and the father of at least five children. I have two more children whose baptisms I have found but whose death I have not. In 1857, at the time of her husband’s death, the five children living were Frederich, age twenty-one; Franz, age sixteen; Anton, age fourteen; Clementine, age six; and Albert, age four. What would she have done? Who would have taken care of her? The likely answer was the older boys found work to help support her. She may have done
My Trails into the Past
Researching: Davey, Gleeson, Gorrell, Hork, Hutson, Johnston, Jones, Lundquist, Nilsen, Selman, Sievert, Sullivan, Tierney, & Wollenweber.