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Harry Cork 1872-1886: The Obituary Saves the Day Again

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Harry Cork was born October 29th 1872 and died February 7th 1886 at just 13 years old. I had first seen Harry as a 7 year old boy in the 1880 census record living in the home of his parents William and Jane in Mazomanie, Wisconsin. I dutifully added him and all of his siblings to the family noting their ages etc. I happened to be more focused on determining if Jane was the mother of the first 3 children listed in the 1870 census or not (she isn’t-see William Cork Obituary blog) and was checking the British records for comparison. I committed the early crime of inexperienced genealogists, by not noticing the little hash marks next to Harry and his older brother’s Hugh’s name indicating that Harry was blind and his brother Hugh was deaf.

1880 US Census William Cork Family 1880 US Census William Cork Family

This is a huge reminder…

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