Many American settlers had children that passed away at a young age. Three examples of this happening in my family include
1. John and Mary Young and their child Elgy who died in his first year in Tipton, Indiana in 1860
2. Florence Archer Weinhart (while married to her second husband Thomas Wayne in Colorado) had two young children, Maud and Harold, who passed away in the late 1880's
3. Erik and Astrid Gunhus and their daughter Caroline, who died within her first year in Rice County, Minnesota in 1881
I am sure that there are quite a few more children of my ancestors that died young and there is very little if any evidence today of their deaths. For example my ggg-grandmother Mary Young had a sister by the name of Anna Young. She married Reuben Bennett in 1854 in Hamilton County, Indiana and lived near the town of Cicero. They had seven children, six girls and one son. In the town cemetery I found a tombstone (the one in the picture) with the inscription of Mary E. daughter of R. & A. Bennett. Could this possibly be a daughter of Reuben and Anna Bennett? As far as I know there is no written record of them having a daughter by the name of Mary.