My very astute mother pointed something out to me, from my recent post on the children of Gaspard Weiss.
Looking at the last five children in the family:
- Paul, born 1791, presumably in Mulhouse. Possibly died when he was seven years old i.e. 1798.
- Fréderic, born 1792, presumably in Mulhouse. Possibly died when he was six years old i.e. 1798.
- Jean Antoine, born 1794 in Mulhouse. Possibly died when he was four years old i.e. 1798.
- Guillaume, born 1797, presumably in Mulhouse. Possibly died when he was only one year old i.e. 1798.
- Rosine Angélique (she appears to have been known as Angélique), born 13 April 1798 in Mulhouse. Her mother [Marie] died four days after the birth of Angélique, presumably from complications from the birth - in 1798.
All apparently in 1798. This suggests that perhaps they all succumbed to an illness, and that possibly Marie did not die as a result of childbirth itself, but perhaps weakened after childbirth, succumbing to an illness... I've looked and haven't found any references to any epidemics in Mulhouse in 1798 but we live in an age of antibiotics and so it is possible that they might all have succumbed to an illness which would be considered relatively minor these days. We'll never know, but it's something to ponder.
I wonder whether it is possible to get something like a death certificate for Marie? It would be just my luck that it wouldn't specify a cause of death!