I am drawn to those ancestors that died young. Their stories often show how far medical science has come or how the human experience hasn’t changed through the decades (or centuries). Throughout time people killed died for lack of antibiotics or I.V. fluids. People committed suicide. They murdered, drove too fast or recklessly, and more.
Who Devann is
Devann BRAZELL died young. Devann was born in April 1887, the daughter of John D. BRAZELL (1855-1932) and Letsie Ann LOVETT (1857-1937). She was in the middle bunch of John and Letsie’s ten children.
In 1900, Devann’s father, David, was a farmer in Richland County, South Carolina. David owned his farm free and clear. Devann was 13 in 1900.
Devann marries & has children
Devann married William Wylie STRICKLAND (1879-1957) sometime before 1909. On the 1930 census, Wylie, as he was called, reported that his first marriage happened at age 22. If Devann was that wife, she was 14 at the time of marriage. But Wylie and Devann didn’t have any children until 1909, so I wonder if Wylie had a wife before Devann. No proof either way. And I can’t find Devann or Wylie in the 1910 census.
On the 1920 census, 41-year old Wylie and 33-year old Devann lived on Assylum Road in Killan, Richland County. Wylie was a farmer, and he owned his farm free and clear. They had two children, Mary and Oscar.
Devann has two sons in 1921, Willis and Wylie, Jr., who were born about 7 ½ months apart. Then in 1924, Devann became pregnant again. Devann and Wylie lived at 418 Pall Mall Street in Columbia now. (In the 1930 census, Wylie is a produce and vegetable salesman. He was probably doing that in 1925, also.)
418 Pall Mall Street doesn’t appear to exist anymore, but you can see the neighborhood here. Some of the houses are probably ones there where Devann and Wylie lived there.
I don’t know when Devann began having problems with the pregnancy, but on 11 March 1925, 38-year old Devann had a c-section delivery of another son, William. William was said to be full term.
Devann had toxemia of pregnancy, now known as eclampsia. The cure for eclampsia is delivery of the baby, but this didn’t cure Devann.
Her kidneys failed without the supportive measures and medicines available today. Devann died two days later on 13 March 1925. In a few weeks I’ll write about what Wylie and his life as a single parent.
Devann is buried at Macedonia Baptist Church Cemetery in Columbia, South Carolina.
Read more about the history of c-sections here.
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