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, 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

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. 

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