Saturday, 7 September 2013

In less than 2 weeks Margaret Hughes lost quads, twins and her husband.

 
Ysbyty Cwnfyn Church , Ceredigion, Wales
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A small church in the middle of nowhere rewarded us with the best find
we have made in all our years as grave hunters!
 
 
Margaret, Elizabeth, Catherine and Isaac were quads born on February 17th 1856. They lived for 4, 4, 5 and 11 days respectively. In the pre fertility treatment era quads were exceptionally rare - approximately 1 in 750,000 live births.
 
 
 
 
 
Hugh, the older brother of the quads, died on March 1st 1856 aged 5. Isaac, the father of the quads, died on March 6th 1856 and Hannah, the older sister of the quads, died on March 10th 1856 aged 5. I suspect that Hugh and Hannah were twins?

In less than 2 weeks Margaret Hughes had lost six children and her husband.

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10 comments:

  1. So much trudged in such a short time for this poor family. Do you know what happened to Margaret afterwards?

    Beneath Thy Feet

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  2. So fascinating! I've posted a link to your amazing blog on my own page. Keep up the good work!

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  3. You should find out what happened to Margaret. That would be very interesting to know. Did she go on to have other children or did she still have living children when her husband died?

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  4. One of many projects I will need to look into!

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  5. I was able to locate this about the Hughes family. It seems that all of them but Margaret died of Typhoid. How Terribly sad. http://books.google.com/books?id=59SUdkRW4vIC&pg=PT9&lpg=PT9&dq=Isaac+Hughes+died+1856+Wales&source=bl&ots=jAZlH0L6Ql&sig=oktAF8kgkkD62_trgnV0mpec4W0&hl=en&sa=X&ei=Uw9kUqOqJ-2JiwKuwYG4DA&ved=0CCwQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=Isaac%20Hughes%20died%201856%20Wales&f=false

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  6. I also was able to locate the Christening record for all of the children.
    Hugh: Ch. 08 Dec 1850 in Ysphtty, Cynfyn, Cardigan, Wales.
    Hannah: Ch. 03 Jun 1853 in Ysphtty, Cynfyn, Cardigan, Wales.
    Margaret: Ch. 19 Feb 1856 in Ysphtty, Cynfyn, Cardigan, Wales.
    Catherine: Ch. 19 Feb 1856 in Ysphtty, Cynfyn, Cardigan, Wales.
    Elizabeth: Ch. 19 Feb 1856 in Ysphtty, Cynfyn, Cardigan, Wales.
    Isaac: Ch. 19 Feb 1856 in Ysphtty, Cynfyn, Cardigan, Wales.

    All of this information was found at familysearch.org

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  7. I found another mention of it that says they were the first recorded quadruplets and all died of typhoid. http://www.ceredigion.gov.uk/utilities/action/act_download.cfm?mediaid=27636&langtoken=eng

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  8. Many thanks to all of you who helped research this sad story.

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  9. What heartbreak this poor women felt, I'm very sure. Thank you, Martin, for sharing this!

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  10. I googled "quads born in wales 1856", there is quiet o Lot written about this tragic family, poor Margaret understandably lost the plot and ended up in Carmarthen asylum were she committed suicide , she was refused burial with her beloved family and was buried on 6th April 1871 on the other side of the fence ( the fence has since fallen down) there house still stands and is used for a rest stop

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