The Hill Folk; Report on a Rural Community of Hereditary Defectives Volume 1

The Hill Folk; Report on a Rural Community of Hereditary Defectives Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1912 edition. Excerpt: ...very poor, for he drank heavily. His family was helped by neighbors. He is described by old men as a harmless fellow, "rather decent" as far as criminal tendencies are concerned, but very shiftless. Not much could be learned about his mental ability. His alcoholism impressed these old men most when they were boys. He died in 1866 and it was said that he was a hundred and one years old. His wife was a high-grade feebleminded woman who worked out for farmers' wives. She, too, drank but not to such excess as her husband did. Two brothers of Neil appeared in this region about the time he came, but one of them had no posterity and the other one, Nute, settled in a neighboring town where his descendants form a low-grade strain plotted on Chart C. Neil had five children, all of whom were defective. They have all had large families of criminal, feebleminded and alcoholic children. Twenty-five of their posterity have been, or are, State wards and others will be soon. H! One daughter, II I, was born in 1811. She received no early education. She b. 1811. married a shiftless feebleminded fellow, II 2 (b. 1813-d. 1883), who was even less intelligent than herself. She worked out for farmers' wives. II 4. Another daughter, II 4, was also feebleminded. She married into a Nead family, b. 1815. which is said to have descended from a Hessian soldier who was left in this region when Burgoyne passed through, and which had always been noted for marauders and drunkards. Old man Nead, II 3, was very alcoholic, and in his later life, he had epileptic fits. He alternated excessive religious fervor with long sprees. II 4 was a tartar and "would have made a fiend of any man ." They lived in a rude house and she did washing which gave her the opportunity...show more

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  • Paperback | 26 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 1mm | 68g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236503872
  • 9781236503879