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April 1, 2011

March 31 – Women’s History Month – Fearless Females

Well, here we are at the end of 31 posts about female ancestors for the month of March.  I found it very interesting but I feel that many of the topics I could not answer too well as I had very little information to write about concerning so many of my female ancestors.  It has certainly shown me that I need to get cracking and delve some more into these ladies and learn more about them and their lives.

Here is the last post on this series.

March 31   –   Pick one female ancestor and write a mini-profile (500 words or less).

For this mini-profile I am going to write about my partner Paul’s maternal grandmother Annie Jane Fowler nee Goad.  She was born in 1882 at Redruth, Cornwall.  When she was eighteen, Annie married William Bawden at Redruth and the following year they had a son, Frederick Charles Bawden.

Within two years of their marriage Annie became a widow.  She was only 20 years old.  So she was left all alone with a baby son at such a very young age.

However, Annie met someone else and married him, Alfred James Fowler, in 1904 again at Redruth, Cornwall.  Alfred was the same age as Annie and they went on to have many children and Annie lived to well past her seventies.

My partner Paul remembers her as a very lively, cheerful woman who was always on the go.  Paul tells me that there were always home-made cakes and buns on the kitchen table, which was always scrubbed every day by Annie.  Her other daily chores were black-leading the Cornish Range oven and also shining the brasswork on it.  Life must have been a bit hard for Annie, the toilet was in the garden 100 yards away from the house and she had to get water from the well in the garden.

To go shopping, Annie would sit on the crossbar of her son’s bicycle and did this hundreds of times.  But one day, she fell off the bicycle which caused her to break her hip.  Annie died shortly after this and it was always felt that the shock of the fall and the injury was the cause of her death.

My partner Paul has very happy memories of Annie and I found it very interesting hearing him talking about how her life was when he knew her.


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