Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Fearless Females 2013: Day 13: Moment of Strength

I like to think that Mary Ann Edgcombe EDGCOMBE (my maternal great great grandmother) showed strength during the years 1860 to 1865.

Mary Ann was christened on 19 June 1836 in the small parish of South Milton, Devon, UK.  She married her cousin, George EDGCOMBE, on 24 September 1859, and their first child was born a year later.  But this baby, James Henry, lived only seven months, and that was only the beginning of the tragedies which Mary Ann suffered.

Noah George, her third child, died of 'convulsions' on 21 January 1865, less than a year old.  Her second child (and first daughter), Bertha Ellen, died 3 August 1865 on her fourth birthday from scarlet fever.  Mary Ann was seven months pregnant with twins, so she was not allowed to be 'present at the death'.

Poor Mary Ann!

The twins, followed by another James Henry and my ancestor, John Samuel, all lived into old age.  But Mary Ann's last daughter, Amelia Agnes, died aged only a week.  No wonder Mary Ann died in 1912 from 'exhaustion'!

Once again, in honour of National Women’s History Month, Lisa Alzo of The Accidental Genealogist blog presents Fearless Females: 31 Blogging Prompts to Celebrate Women’s History Month.  I know this is really US-centric - but that's not going to stop me honouring my own Fearless Females...

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