Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Fearless Females 2013: Day 20: Female Brick Wall - or is she?

Is there a female ancestor who is your brick wall? Why? List possible sources for finding more information.

Amanda Malvina LEY, born 28 April 1852 in Eastbourne, Sussex, married Joseph BUCKINGHAM on 21 January 1872 in East Stonehouse, Devon, and died quite young on 21 April 1895 in Plymouth Devon.  She had eight children.

So, she doesn't seem much like a brick wall, does she? (apart from the fact that she should appear in the 1881 census as a newlywed, and doesn't appear at all).  After all, I have her dates and locations.  But have you ever heard of the myth of King Midas, where everything he touched turned to gold?  Well, where Amanda (or Minda) is concerned, everybody she touched becomes a brick wall.  Husband Joseph, children (especially Annie Marian, my direct line ancestor) were either born, or not born at all, or were born out of wedlock, don't appear in the censuses, and the last two went to Canada as Dr Barnardo's children and never came back.  If I knew where to look, these brick walls might not exist.

Oh, Amanda (or Minda, with or without the Malvina)...

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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