Finding Courage in the Past

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Written by my mother Teresa.  Kate is my GGGrandmother.

Kate Washington Bacon Wadsworth Kidd (adult woman pictured above) was born in Texas just before the start of the Civil War, and, when she was 5, her father died from malaria he contracted as a prisoner of war. 

Kate married at 21 and had three girls. When they were ages 4, 2 and 6 weeks the oldest two girls died on the same day from measles. A year and a half later her husband was killed when he was struck by lightening. By the time she was 27, she had lost two children and was a widow.

Two years later Kate remarried and went on to have five more children. She was an accomplished pianist and taught music, traveling by carriage to the homes of students. Sometimes she took one of her small children with her.

Kate died at the age of 65 in New Mexico, and is buried at Emma, Texas, where she and her husband raised their family.

When I think about Kate I wonder how she managed through the dark days after losing her babies and then as a young widow. Her future must have seemed very bleak. It's encouraging to know that happiness did return to her, and she raised a large family and had a full life. During some difficult times in my life I've thought of her and how things will get better with time.



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