Linda, thank you for clarifying. Yeah, i saw those words, "that "she had
nothing". I looked to see if it said that in the other obits but it didn't.
And the priest used the word " VELHA" ( as in old? I wondered ) to punctuate
It saddens me that with grown children the mother would be homeless. Does
mendicante also mean homeless (?)
> On Oct 11, 2016, at 10:34 PM, linda <menesesli...@gmail.com> wrote:
> Barbara Velha, a widow, an aged beggar, "...died with all the sacraments of
> the sainted church; she made no will for she had nothing; she was buried in
> the churchyard near the main door of this church..."
> I've read that in the mid/late19th century, it was the custom that on one day
> of the week (Sundays, I think, but am not sure now) the poor of a parish
> would go from door to door collecting alms, and that it was the practice to
> give something if one could. The wealthier one was, the more obligated to
> give alms-- not forgetting the religious obligation as well. I don't know if
> this was the case earlier too, but I wouldn't be surprised if it was a
> centuries old tradition. Anyway, my impression is that begging was sort of
> an informal socio-religious based welfare system.
> hope that helps,
>> On Tuesday, October 11, 2016 at 6:42:23 PM UTC-7, Maria wrote:
>> LEFT side first name- BARBARA VELHA
>> This is the second widowed woman in the same time frame where the priest
>> wrote "mendicante" which I think in (spanish) it's a beggar. Wow! That
>> very sad considering they had grown children. I can visualize them in rags
>> begging on the street and even though it was so long ago, it breaks my heart
>> to think they were left to beg when they were widowed. Maybe there's a
>> better translation for mendicante. Also, I couldn't figure out where she
>> was buried and wondered if someone could translate that about the burial(?)
>> please? Some municipal place.
>> Maria Elena
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