Thursday, April 9, 2015
52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks, Week 47: John Mildenhall (1858-1858)
There are many John Mendenhall/Mildenhall's in my tree: here is another one- a poor child who only lived 5 weeks:
John Mildenhall- my 6th cousin, 6x removed
Born: 27 Oct 1858 in Kensington, London, England
Parents: Jason Johnson Mildenhall (1828-1864) &
Dinah Coates (1823-1889)
1. William (1851-1883)
2. Alice Mary (1854-1934)
3. Jane (1856-1935)
4. Elizabeth Louisa (1860-1931)
According to other members on Ancestry.com, John had a condition called hydrocephalus-- here's some information on this condition:
Hydrocephalus is a brain condition that gets its name from the Greek work for water (meaning "hydro") and head (meaning "cephalus"). It occurs when the cerebral spinal fluid (CSF)--the clear, water-like fluid that surrounds and cushions the brain and spinal cord--is unable to drain from the brain.
I did a Google search of what this condition looks like and the results are pretty horrific and just devastating- it looks like it definitely varies in severity from person-to-person.
Here is a picture via pixshark.com:
I can imagine in 1858, there was no chance of a child surviving this condition which breaks my heart! Today, there are ways to treat this- which is wonderful news! You can read more about it Here if you're interested!
Poor Baby John died at 5 weeks old on 03 Dec 1858.