06 August 2014

Wednesday's Child: Infant Kirchner

I spent a recent afternoon at the Lancaster County Historical Society where I found St. Joseph's Directory. St. Joseph's is a Roman Catholic parish, originally founded in 1849 by German immigrants, in Lancaster City, Lancaster County, PA. I was looking for information on John Kirchner, my husband's great great grandfather, who died in a work related accident on 31 October 1881. I did find his information, but I also found and infant Kirchner!

Listed in 1881 was:
Kirchner, infant, filia illegitima Rosa Kirchner, mortua statim post partum, 26 m June sepulta est codem.

Translation:
Kirchner, baby, illegitimate daughter of Rose Kirchner, died immediately after birth, on 26 June and was buried the same (day).

Burial for the child (and for John Kirchner as well) is at the Old St Joseph Cemetery, 440 St Joseph Street. The cemetery, which sadly has fallen into such a disaster, adjoins the church. Rosa, my husband's great grandmother, just keeps getting more and more interesting!

Photo: from Find A Grave by Carolyn Y Lowe Shifflett, dated 24 March 2008.
Locations listed are located in Pennsylvania (USA), unless otherwise noted in post.