1888 was a sad year for Benjamin and Alice Derrick (Derk) as they buried all four of their children within ten days. The couple’s fifth child was born right in the middle of this tragedy and it is a miracle she did not meet the same fate.
What killed these children? Cholera, Typhoid, Scarlet Fever, or possibly Yellow Fever? 1888 saw an outbreak of Small Pox in Pennsylvania; was this the cause of so much loss?
Between 1881 and 1906, the Derrick family would have thirteen children born with seven surviving to adulthood. The four children here are buried with their parents and a number of the siblings at the Lutheran Cemetery in Trevorton.