The three adults on this page all lost young children. Infant mortality was very high until the mid to late 20th century. This infographic "In Four Coffins" dramatically shows the numbers. North Carolinians who died Jan. 1 to Aug. 1, 1918:
- 94 killed in France (WWI)
- 172 died from typhoid
- 2,071 died from tuberculosis
- 6,077 children under two years who died from all causes
Middle: Isaac Ransom Vannoy (1894-1979) with his infant son Wiley Thomas Vannoy (1921-1924). Little Wiley died of dysentery at age 2 1/2 (note 1). See his Find-A-Grave memorial here.
Right: Nora Bessie McNeil Snyder (1900-1992) with her son James Neil Snyder (1922-1993). This photo was taken at Waughtown Cemetery, Winston-Salem, Forsyth County, NC. They are at the grave of Nora's first child, Wiley Thomas Snyder, Jr. who died at the age of six weeks in 1921 (note 2). See his Find-a-Grave memorial here. Wiley was "found dead in bed." Nora really bonded with him and mourned him the rest of her long life, even though she had other children.
- Wilkes County, North Carolina, death certificate no. 281 (1924), Willie Thomas Vannoy; digital image, Ancestry.com Operations Inc, "North Carolina Death Certificates, 1909-1975," Ancestry.com (http://www.Ancestry.com : accessed 24 Jul 2011).
- Forsyth County, North Carolina, death certificate no. 142 (1921), Wiley T. Snyder, Jr; digital image, Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., "North Carolina Death Certificates 1909 - 1975," Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 01 Feb 2012).