Secrets of the Old Farmhouse - Part V

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"One thing led to another," Uncle Jake continued, "and it wasn't long before Catherine found herself in a family way.  She was afraid to tell her father because she knew he would be furious, so her mother had to do it; she pleaded with him to allow the two young people to marry." 
 
"No child of mine is going to marry outside the church," her father had roared in anger, "I told her to stay away from that boy.  Send her away to your family, I don't want to talk to her or even see her, she is a disgrace."
 
So Catherine had no choice but to leave home... heartbroken, distraught, and afraid.  Her father had no idea how deeply he would come to regret his words, because he would never have the opportunity to speak to his daughter again.  
 
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Secrets of the Old Farmhouse - Part IV

 
Now that Jill knew the story of little Joseph and his tragic death, she was curious to know more about his mother Catherine, who was just sixteen when she died giving birth to him; she couldn't help but think about how difficult it had been for Catherine to be sent away in shame, and how sad and lonely she must have been while awaiting the birth of the child she knew her parents would not allow her to keep.
 
Once again Jill turned to her Uncle Jake to find out what more he knew about his Aunt Catherine. 
From him she learned that Catherine had been the youngest of five children,  and being the only daughter she was the apple of her father's eye.  When he learned that the neighbor boy was paying attention to his daughter he was furious, even though his family and the neighbors had gotten along fine until then. 
 
"Back in those days people didn't marry outside the church they belonged too," Uncle Jake explained to Jill, "it was considered to be a sure ticket to damnation,  so when my grandfather forbid her to have anything more to do with him, Catherine and the boy crafted plans to meet up with each other at times and places where they wouldn't be found out.  She would go out berry-picking or take a book to read underneath a shady tree by the creek on a warm afternoon, and they would meet at the small abandoned cabin in the woods that bordered their farms." 
 
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