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."
(To be continued)
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