Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Here are some pictures of the families of this region back when it was newly settled. Life was hard, and they had to grow everything they ate. Any meat they got was what they shot or trapped, lots of possum, squirrels, and deer whenever they could get one. Some farmers had some livestock and could slaughter a hog in the fall and smoke it for the winter, but they almost never had beef. The cows they had were for milk for their many children. Most cabins were one or two rooms (check out the house built partially in a cave-3rd photo down), and there were many children. Boys were desired, so they could help their fathers on the farm, but many children died before they were out of infancy because of disease and lack of medical care. It was not unusual for a woman to have 8-10 children, one right after the other. No wonder they all looked so old and worn out!