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Joseph Hidock

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Joseph Hidock

Posted: 15 Feb 2004 12:43PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 3 Sep 2005 7:03PM GMT
Surnames: Folk, Hidock, Mille
I saw this in the Victoria, TX "Advocate"newspaper, dated 24 Jan 1898:
"Sold his daughters / Toledo, Ohio. January 23 - At Kelly's Island, Jos. Folk sold his two daughters for $100, giving them in lieu of money each to satisfy a debt of $50 which he could not otherwise meet. A year ago Folk left his home and family in Poland to seek his fortune in America, making his way to Kelly's Island, where he found work. Then his wife died and the sad news came to him that his young daughters were in want. He had not enough money to send for them, but he borrowed $50 each from Peter Mille and Joseph Hidock, who were earning more than he, to pay their passage across the ocean.
"A couple of weeks ago they arrived and were warmly received. But the money loaned by Mille and Hidock was due and Folk could not pay it. They prosecuted him and finally the old man said he was afraid he could never pay it, but to satisfy the debt he would give one of his daughters to each as a wife and this proposition was accepted. Mary Folk, aged 16, was chosen by Hidock, Anne the younger, by Mille. Yesterday was the wedding day."

Kelly's Island is located in Erie Co. and Toledo is in Lucas Co. I have no connection with these families and have not confirmed the info.

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