Or did people just remarry?
I have an Ernest Albert Nielsen that was born in Illinois 12 Aug 1892 to Rasmus C Nielsen .. unknown mother (believed to be Ras' 1st wife).
I have a Mary Kate Nielsen that was born in Kane County Illinois at the "poor farm" .. she died shortly after birth and was buried at the porr farm .. mother Mary J Laird (Ras' 2nd wife - married in 1899), father Rasmus C Nielsen.
Then Ras' marries for the 3rd time in 1904 to a Mrs. Anna M Arnold .. this is also Anna's 3rd marriage.
I've been looking since Dec 2014 on and off and I am having zero luck!