Monday, December 16, 2019

Johannes Sidler 1773 - 1774

Rudolf and Elisabetha Sidler had two children die within three days of each other in May 1774. Anna Barbara b 21 Jan 1771 died 14 May 1774. Anna was 3 years 3 months 23 days old.

Johannes Sidler b 25 Oct 1773 died 17 May 1774. He lived 6 months 22 days.

Both children were buried in the Ottenbach Kirche yard. Pastor Rudolf Hamberger entered both deaths in the Parish record and conducted the funerals. Rudolf died 2 years later. 
What a time in that household!

Translation of death record:
Title Fäble (weakness - death cause):
(sie starben) an den Wilden Blattern (Swiss term for Pocken –or small pox - very contagious, especially among kids)

A second translation:
An den Kinder Blattern: meaning of the Children's death from measles.

Before smallpox was eradicated, it was a serious infectious disease caused by the variola virus. One of the reasons smallpox was so dangerous and deadly is because it's an airborne disease. Airborne diseases tend to spread fast. Coughing, sneezing, or direct contact with any bodily fluids could spread the smallpox virus. In addition, sharing contaminated clothing or bedding could lead to infection

People who had smallpox had a fever and a distinctive, progressive skin rash. Most people with smallpox recovered, but about 3 out of every 10 people with the disease died.

Average life expectancy at birth for English people in the late 16th and early 17th centuries was just under 40 – 39.7 years. However, this low figure was mostly due to the high rate of infant and child mortality; over 12% of all children born would die in their first year. With the hazards of infancy behind them, the death rate for children slowed but continued to occur. A cumulative total of 36% of children died before the age of six, and another 24% between the ages of seven and sixteen. In all, of 100 live births, 60 would die before the age of 16. A man or woman who reached the age of 30 could expect to live to 59. [Thomson Gale, 'Infant Mortality' (1998)]

Food shortages and insecurity were leading concerns in the 18th century, especially in Europe, and these were exacerbated by reduced harvests yields. Disease was another leading cause of death, with rats and fleas being the common carriers of disease, specifically plagues, during this era. (Wikipedia)

Common diseases were dysentery, malaria, diphtheria, flu, typhoid, smallpox and leprosy.

Documents related to Johannes Sidler:

Johannes Sidler born Oct 23 1773 film 8014328 page 539

Sidler and Hegetschweiler Temple Record by Julius Billeter, page 49 - 50

Johannes Sidler death 17 May 1774 3 days after sister,
film 8014328 page 690