April 22, 2015
Typically in your analysis you discover details about your ancestors that’s so compelling and intriguing that you simply run with it irrespective of how loosely it’s verified or how circumstantial it’s. If you analyse the data as a complete it’s possible you’ll discover bits and items that don’t fairly add up. When your seek for particulars is met with a set of scandalous stories it’s simple to clarify away the anomalies that threaten to debunk the legitimacy of the hyperlink to your ancestor. To be an genuine household historian you possibly can’t ignore or dismiss the anomalies that don’t help your line of inquiry. Proof from one sentence could also be all it takes to show that you’re incorrect in assuming that all these stories relate to “your” ancestor. However, don’t throw the newborn out with the bathtub water. In case you are writing your loved ones historical past it simply could also be sufficient to say the anomalies and to suggest an alternate interpretation that they afford, somewhat than to exclude the likelihood that you’re appropriate. That is what I’m pondering this morning after studying just a few traces in an article on Trove this morning.
My nice nice grandmother Anastasia Maher, as a youngster was brutally assaulted by a 60 12 months previous man Samuel Wright. He hit her over the top with a choose and when she was rescued by one other man Arthur Hagan he smashed his cranium with the choose additionally. I’m not getting in to the main points right here however Samuel Wright was hanged for tried homicide over these assaults. This occurred in 1872. Rumor had it that Anastasia was a prostitute. I used to be keen to just accept this notion however not with out proof. I searched however discovered nothing that linked Anastasia Maher to prostitution. Out of the blue in the future I attempted looking for “Annie Kane”. Kane was her mom’s maiden identify and can be a reputation that was utilized by her kids on their marriage ceremony certificates in reference to their mom. I discovered have been quite a few newspaper articles on Trove detailing costs of assault and prostitution laid towards Annie Kane in Bendigo. The dates appeared to slot in together with her life so I used to be satisfied that this should be my Anastasia Maher who was identified by her alias “Annie Kane”. There are just a few anomalies although. Within the early 1880’s when theses costs have been laid towards Anastasia there isn’t any point out of the kids that she had or that she was pregnant on the time of the assaults and through her time in jail. The papers often like to say this sort of scandalous element. One of many assaults she perpetrated was in 1878. When she was introduced earlier than the courts the Justice of the Peace demonstrated leniency due to her youth. In 1878 Anastasia was 22 years previous and wouldn’t have been thought of a lady. The primary point out of Annie Kane within the Bendigo Advertiser throughout this era was in 1877 when she was charged with vagrancy and never having a lawful technique of help. Her mom was within the court docket due to Annie’s younger age, 15 I believe and her mom’s identify was Catherine. My Anastasia would have been 21 on the time and her mom was Mary though she had a sister Catherine. At this level I concede that this “Annie Kane” isn’t my nice nice grandmother. Nevertheless, may there have been one other Annie Kane working the streets of Bendigo within the early 1880’s that was actually my Anastasia Maher?
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