March 13 – Moment of Strength: share a story where a female ancestor showed courage or strength in a difficult situation.
I find this very difficult to answer! I have no knowledge of anyone in the family having to be strong or show courage in a difficult situation. I have always felt though that my 6 x great grandmother, Elizabeth Read (nee Shirley) (c1713 – 1786) must have been a very strong woman.
The reason for thinking this is because she had 20 children in an era when there was no medical help as such. She married my 6 x great grandfather Cozens Read in 1734, had their first child in 1735 and their last child twenty years later in 1755. They had three sets of twins within those 20 children.
At a time when there would not have been medication to help ease the pain of childbirth, nothing much to help should she have had any infections and what if there were problems during the birth? So to have endured all that over so many years and live to a good age of about 73 years, just makes me think she must have been so strong and I much admire her for all that.
I’ve been trying to think if I have come across any incidents that might have been difficult for my other female ancestors, and would suppose that many would have had to be strong, if not couragious, to just be able to live in those past times, when they were poor. Some of them I see, from their death certificates, were still working as servants, or straw plaiters, or agricultural labourers even, when they were in their seventies and early eighties, much like their husbands, if they lived that long.
I think we have it a bit easier these days and don’t really appreciate what our ancestors really went through.