March’s blogging and social media prompt was #OnePlaceWomen, and for a one-place study it's hard to know where to start with that topic - after all, around 50% of the residents of our places meet the criteria and once you start digging there's plenty of interesting stories illustrating what life was like for them. Here are some of those stories.
Who can resist researching a woman with a name like Fedora Parthenia Pickles of Yuin Reef? Certainly not Emmerson Brand, who tracks Dora from the eastern state of Victoria in Australia all the way across the country to Western Australia.
Staying Down Under for the moment, Sue Wyatt looked at Elizabeth Allanby nee Cumming who stayed on with her young children in Sorrell, Tasmania, after being widowed in the mid 19th century. As well as the eleven children, there were two farms and a newly-granted land parcel to keep her busy.
Julie Groom found Geraldine May Soames, president of the British Elkhound Society AND president of the British Goat Society, in her place of Long Buckby Wharf. Not into animals? She also researched bone manure merchant Beulah Thompson, dressmaker and shopkeeper Charlotte Groom, painter of canal ware Matilda Woodhouse (CW suicide), and wife and mother Elizabeth Leeson.
Liz Craig gave a very moving report of two stories of concealed births in her place of Dunster in Somerset, along with further information about the phenomenon of concealed pregnancy. Sarah Escott and Sarah Davis were both pregnant in a time when there were very few good options open to them and a happy healthy outcome for mother and baby just wasn't likely to happen (CW child death).
Helen Finch (Sticklepath OPS) looked into Amy Beatrice Prickman, quartermaster and emergency nurse for the Okehampton Military Hospital during World War One. She also channels Auntie Kate, Kezia Ching - both on her blog, and in person in this month's Society webinar.
Over in Springhill, Lancashire, Janet Barrie told us more about three women: Mary Ann Ashworth and Bathsheba Davenport, 19th century philanthropists, and Lydia Trillo, 20th century computing lecturer.
Lastly, why study one woman when you can study them all? Elizabeth Walne looks at under-recording of women's work in census records using Cransford as her case study.
One-placer for Wing Buckinghamshire