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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.

March 30 – Women’s History Month – Fearless Females

March 30   –   Did you receive any advice or words of wisdom from your mother or another female ancestor?

There is nothing that comes to mind of particular words of wisdom or advice from my dear Mum or other female ancestors.  I’m sure over the years she has given advice on various things I have been involved with.  I asked Mum a few days ago if she has any words of wisdom in particular to make me aware of but she could not think of anything herself!  I asked her if she remembers any such words from her own mother but again, there was nothing that sticks in her mind.

I expect after I have done this series of topics, something will come to me that my Mum has particularly advised me about but it certainly seems like there is nothing family-wise that has been passed from one to another.

March 29 – Women’s History Month – Fearless Females

March 29   –   Create a free Footnote Page or a Genealogy Trading Card at Big Huge Labs for a female ancestor. Some of you may have created your own card back in September 2009 following Sheri Fenley’s post over at The Educated Genealogist. This time, the card is for your female ancestor. Tell us about who you’ve selected and why and then post a link to what you’ve created.

I’ve created a Footnote Page for my great aunt Annie Sophia Read nee Ridgway.  There was no particular reason for choosing her to make a Footnote Page other than that I have a little more information about her and some photographs which I don’t have for many of my other female ancestors.

The link to the Page I have created in the name of Annie Sophia Ridgway is as follows:

I have more to add to Annie’s Page but just wanted to get a Page done quickly for this topic.

March 31, 2011

March 28 – Women’s History Month – Fearless Females

March 28   –   Do you remember your mother’s best friend? Your grandmother’s? How and where did they meet? How long were they friends? What activities did they share?

This is very easy to answer.  My dear Mum’s best friend is Marjorie (I won’t add her surname here to protect her privacy).  They have known each other since they were five years old and are now in their eighties.  To my brothers and I Marjorie is an auntie as she is part of the family, having been connected to it for so many years!  Mum and Marjorie met at school when Marjorie sat beside Mum and they have been great pals ever since.

As I have mentioned in other topics for this series, I really do not seem to know too much about my paternal grandmother.  Although I remember her vividly she died when I was about seven years old.  I don’t remember growing up hearing anything about her friends or much else.

My maternal grandmother’s best friend was Gladys.  Gladys is my Mum’s Godmother.   My Gran met Gladys when Gladys and her husband Bert were lodgers at my Grandparents home.  They had a lifelong friendship and sometimes went on holiday together.

March 27 – Women’s History Month – Fearless Females

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March 27   –   Do you know the immigration story of one or more female ancestors? Do you have any passenger lists, passports, or other documentation? Interesting family stories?

I can’t answer this in any way because none of my females ancestors were immigrants here or from immigrant families.  They were all born and bred in the UK, albeit different parts.  None of my partner Paul’s female ancestors were immigrants either so I have not done any research into passenger lists or other documentation for any of our female ancestors. 

I have a couple of stories about a few of my male ancestors that left the UK, but this series is about female ancestors only so I cannot write about them here.  Let’s hope at some stage we can do a series on our male ancestors for a month!!  I can write so much more about them in all the topics that have been used for this series.  😉

March 26 – Women’s History Month – Fearless Females

March 26   –   What education did your mother receive? Your grandmothers? Great-grandmothers? Note any advanced degrees or special achievements.

I always remember my dear Mum being very proud that she won a Scholarship to attend a particular school when she was much younger.  The war came along and interfered with Mum’s education, especially as she was evacuated away from her home and family.  She won a Junior County Scholarship that allowed her entry into a very good school and her own mum found it hard to believe that her daughter did so well.

I have no idea about the education received by both my grandmothers or any of my great grandmothers.  I think this is something I need to look into, like school logs, as it might prove very interesting.

There is no family information passed down that has been specific about the education these female ancestors received and I have no knowledge of any degrees or special achievements attained by any of them.

March 25 – Women’s History Month – Fearless Females

March 25  –  Tell how a female ancestor interacted with her children. Was she loving or supportive? A disciplinarian? A bit of both?

I can’t answer this about my female ancestors further back from my grandparents.  I have not discovered anything in my research that would show whether any of my earlier female ancestors were disciplinarians, loving, or anything else.

My grandmothers always seemed loving to my brothers and I but we were their grandchildren and they could hand us back to our parents.  😉  My maternal grandmother always worried in particular about one of my Aunts, even when my Aunt reached the ripe old age of 70+ .  Gran was still worrying about if she would get lost while out at the shops!  This probably stemmed from the fact that my Aunt was deemed to be very fragile and delicate as a child, but Gran need not have worried, as my Aunt reached the milestone age of 100 years old last November!

My own dear Mum was always loving, fun, hardworking and both she and my dear Dad were strict with my brothers and I, but never so strict that we have resented it in any way.  Wherever we went as children people always commented on how well-behaved we were.  Although this is about our female ancestors and relatives, it was both Mum and Dad that taught us to respect, to care, to show courtesy, have good manners and so on.  We always had fun as a family and both Mum and Dad were always there when we needed them.

March 24 – Women’s History Month – Fearless Females

Once again I have gotten a little behind with this series.  I’m having a few problems with my internet connection.  It seems to be ok for a while then disappears altogether or it’s just so very slow – much slower than it used to be before we got broadband!!  I’m hoping it will hold out for a bit tonight so I can get the rest of this series done.  As it’s for March I shouldn’t be doing it in April!

March 24  –  Do you share any physical resemblance or personality trait with one of your female ancestors? Who? What is it?

Well my nose is that of my dear Dad’s and my ways are very like his were too but of course as this is about our female ancestors I can’t really discuss my likeness to my Dad!

My maternal grandmother Lucy Sinclair nee Dartnell (1883 – 1984) had a habit of rubbing her knee without really realising she was doing it.  My dear Mum also had the same habit which she obviously inherited from her mother and I too have this habit.  It is completely subconscious.  I do it without realising it and suddenly become aware that I am doing it.  So it has followed on from my dear Gran, to my dear Mum and to me.  Gran was a Dartnell and her mother was a Dickens. 

So who did Gran get this habit from?  I’ve yet to discover the answer to that.

March 28, 2011

March 23 – Women’s History Month – Fearless Females

March 23   –   Create a timeline for a female ancestor using your favorite software program or an online timeline generator such as OurTimelines. Post an image of it or link.

This timeline is for my 8 x great grandmother Katharine Read (nee Lovjoy) who was born in Caversham, Oxfordshire in 1649 and died there in 1713.

This timeline is courtesy of Our TimeLines.

March 22 – Women’s History Month – Fearless Females

March 22 – If a famous director wanted to make a movie about one of your female ancestors who would it be? What actress would you cast in the role and why?

To answer this topic I will say that if a film could be made about any of my female ancestors, then I would suggest my dear late Aunt Margaret (1916 – 1999) who I featured in the March 21 post of this series.

She was a career women and continued working until she was 80 years old.  Only a heart attack stopped her!!  She survived that but felt it was then time to retire.

All through my younger years I remember my Aunt was always travelling about in the world for her business but also for holidays where she would go mountain climbing, ski-ing, hiking and so on.  To me Aunt Margaret was a bit of an adventuress, so if a film was made about her, it would have to be action-packed!

Original photograph in my private collection - copyright 2011


The actress I would choose to play my Aunt Margaret would be Annette Crosbie.   She is more known these days as being the long-suffering wife of Victor Meldrew in One Foot In The Grave. 

The reason I would choose Annette is because whenever I have seen her over the years, she has always reminded me of my Aunt Margaret. 

Here is a pic of the actress Annette Crosbie taken from the internet from an article at:

Original photograph from website

I think this actress and my Aunt Margaret look very similar and so I think Annette would be perfectly cast.

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