Sunday, July 6, 2014

52 Ancestors - Eckart

I'm quickly realizing that even though I try and have good intentions with this blog and the challenge overall, I am having a hard time keeping up.  So for now, I will just do what I can when I can.

This next entry is on the Eckart Family, specifically Frederick and his wife Myrta (Moore).  Myrta is my very distant cousin and Frederick her husband.  I am romantic at heart and this might be a case of dying of a true broken heart, or perhaps I watch to many romantic movies!

Frederick Eckart was born in Germany in 1867 and immigrated to the U.S. in 1885.  Some years later he would meet the love of his life, Myrta Moore in 1896.  Myrta was born to a large family in California in 1873.  I was fortunate enough to see all of the censuses of this couple so I was able to see their lives together starting in 1900.  Just married 4 years, they already had 4 children born in rapid succession (all girls). The 1910 census shows 3 more children, with one dying between the 1900 and the 1910 census. I have yet to find the name of that child.  The next 2 decades finds Frederick and Myrta raising their 6 children - 5 girls and 1 boy - and the children moving out and getting married.  The last census is from 1940 and the couple are empty nesters with all of their children grown and moved out.

Myrta and Frederick both died in 1947.  Myrta on July 16th and Frederick on August 3rd.  This is where my romanticized ideas come into play thinking that perhaps Frederick died of a broken heart.  I could be completely wrong and there could be a logical explanation to their deaths being so close together.

Perhaps someone has some information that I have yet to find?

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