Catherine F. ROBERTS m. 14-Feb-1856 to Richard Judson SWEARINGEN probably in Russell Co., AL.
R.J. SWEARINGEN was born 17-Feb-1833 in Edgefield, SC & migrated first to Columbus, GA and then to Russell Co., AL with his widowed father, John Bettis SWEARINGEN.
After the marriage of R.J. & Catherine they moved to LaPlace, Macon Co., AL, where R.J. raised cotton and had a gin.
In Dec., 1872, R.J. & Catherine & family migrated by train to Navarro Co., TX. She died shortly after their arrival in Navarro Co., TX from complications in child birth. R.J. wrote a letter back to Russell Co., AL to his mother in law (no name given in the surviving letter) :
Near Dresden Texas
December 29th 1872
You have doubtless heard of the sad event, of Katie's death through a letter to S.B.C. a few days ago. On Saturday night of the 14th I awoke and found her up attending to the children, which were coughing. I inisited on her lying down as it was cold and windy, so that any one from a warm bed was very liable to take cold especially herself, but she had remained long enough to take cold, and next day at 11 o'clock took a chill and hight fever; next day a slight pain in the chest, and cough following. We applied a remedy, hot peper ploultices, which gradually relieved the pain, but the cough continued with chilly sensations and feaver that night. We supposed it pneumonia, but on securing the services of Dr. Wright he pronounced it only a bronchial affection from cold.
. . . on the 19th she gave birth to a daughter, at 3 p.m. Had an easy, and speedy time and Dr. Wright pronounced it a very favorable case. . . . but the discharge from the womb . . . been less than usual.
. . . She seemed well except a little restlessness with some headache. We fondly hoped that all would be well until the night of the 24th when her restlessness greatly increased until about 3 a.m. and something like convulsions ensued, or rather muscular contractions in which se retained conciousness and suffered with a little pain, but felt an undefinable sense of oppression. . . She breathed her last at 5 O'clock on the morning of the 26th and we buried her on the 27th in a graveyard near by. Her features were natural, and peaceful in death. Never did she appear lovely to me. In spite of the bright hopes of immortality, our hearts are very sad and though faith would look heaven-ward, the loneliness of the grave comes over our spirits, and our fondest earthly hopes are buried with her. I have drank much of sorrow's bitter cup, but nothing has borne down and crushed me like this. The extremely cold weather and an open house were unfavorable to her case . . . Alonzo's wife and Nel are taking care of the babe. It is doing well. I enclose you an unfinished letter which se wrote to you describing things very accurately. I also send some of her hair. The children will write soon. Please let us hear from you.
Our love to all. Yours re R. J. Swearingen.
Since writing yesterday the little babe who we thought was doing wll has died. It slipt gradually into a stupor and died last night. We buried it today. The rest of us are well. Direct your letters to Dresden when you write. We have heard but once from there since we left. Dr. H. letter of the 15th. We were glad to hear from Al and that he was doing well.
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