Saturday, March 9, 2013

Fearless Females - Family Documents

I haven't written on the blog in almost a year. It's been mostly a pretty hard year for me, but I would really like to jump back into the community and start participating more regularly.

I would like to one day specialize in researching female ancestors, particular in southwestern Pennsylvania. So, what better way for me to start blogging again than with a Fearless Females post? Thanks to Lisa Alzo at The Accidental Genealogist for the great daily prompts.

Today's prompt from The Accidental Genealogist: "March 9 — Take a family document (baptismal certificate, passenger list, naturalization petition, etc.) and write a brief narrative using the information."

This the state death certificate of Charlotte "Lottie" Templin, my husband's maternal great-grandfather. Lottie had a tough, short life. For years, my husband's family didn't know much about her - and we still don't know a lot, really. She lived all around the South growing up and had at least 10 brothers and sisters. She lived in "Indian Territory" (now part of Oklahoma) when she married Will Tamplin (some members of the family spell it "Tamplin," some "Templin").

She and her husband had 2 children in Oklahoma before moving to western Pennsylvania and having 2 more children. As you can see, she died when she was only 34 years old of pneumonia complicated by infection and "exhaustion psychosis." She died at St. Francis Hospital in Pittsburgh, which closed 11 years ago.

Poor Lottie. The more I learn about her life, the more thankful I am for my own.

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