~ Discovering Your Family's Past To Shape Your Future ~
This question went through my head when doing some New England and Canadian research for a client recently. The ancestor of focus, Florence, married for the first time at age 19. Her husband was a 24-year-old watchman from England. Their marriage didn’t last, though, because he died shortly after they had their first child. The stoic young woman remarried by the time she was 21 years old, this time to a 35-year-old divorced carpenter. He, too, kicked the bucket rather rapidly after their marriage, and she was once again a widow at the tender age of 22! This third time she married a 42-year-old machine operator from New Hampshire. Having managed not to get himself killed or dying for 42 years, perhaps he was a better bet. And he was – until he wasn’t.
I wondered what she was thinking as she set out to marry for the 4th time at age 46. Perhaps marriage was an economic necessity – it was very much an economic arrangement as much as anything else until the last 80-100 years or so. Perhaps she was thinking of a male role-model for her now-adult son. Or maybe she found love again. Maybe, like those British historical dramas, her benefactor relatives threatened to cut her off. If only the documentation for her life included a journal!
What life challenges and adventures framed your ancestors’ lives? Share what you know or call me to discover them!