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Sent: Friday, March 29, 2002 9:35 AM
Subject: [ERATH] Thoughts on our Female Ancestors
ONLY THE MEN HAD BABIES
My ancestor William had children
All named, & with birth dates & places.
But his wife is not even mentioned;
Of her there are not even traces.
Surely she must have existed,
Was born, was a child, & had dreams.
Grew up & learned how to keep house,
Was a person---but nameless, it seems.
She had parents, & someplace, a home.
Her brothers are listed no doubt.
But she was only a girl
So not really worth telling about.
She was half my ancestor's heritage;
Without her he wouldn't have life.
His genes are half hers,
but I find She was only his father's wife.
Once a girl was first "dau", then was "wife."
She belonged to her father, till married,
And then she belonged to her husband,
And beside him, unnamed, she was buried.
How awful to think MY descendants
Might search for a name for me,
Be unable to find my identity,
And wonder just who I might be.
Dr. Dorothy Branson ( Thanks to Orange County California Genealogical
please visit my website at www.burningskyenterprises.com
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