Saturday, April 27, 2013

A to Z April Challenge: X is for the eX Wife


This is Day 24 of the A to Z April Challenge.  My theme is women with unusual names although I must cheat now and then or I’ll have a name and no story.

is for X-wife.  OK, give me a break.  Not many people have a name that starts with “X.”  So I give you a strange family situation involving an ex.

I wrote about Margaret Ann “Maggie” Johnson previously, the mother of Sudie Belle Life.  Mother and daughter were married to the brothers Sell and Will Shiflett. 

Margaret’s oldest daughter Mary was born out of wedlock.  Margaret later married and was widowed by two men:  Jacob Life and George Hott.  Margaret had 2 daughters by Life and 3 daughters by Hott.  I doubt it’s fair to call a widow an “ex wife,” so let’s move on.

Then Maggie married a Mr. Ford about 1894.  The couple and her six daughters settled into farm life in Rockingham County.  The two added three more children to the group:  2 girls and a boy. 

And then the unthinkable happened.  Ford ran off with Maggie’s oldest daughter Mary.  Margaret became the ultimate X-wife in 1900. 

Maggie and Sell Shiflett and family
Before December 1954
Maggie Johnson Life Hott Ford Shiflett in the bed
Sell Shiflett holding one of his grandchildren
Alice Lam Shiflett Wolf, Sell and Maggie's ex-daughter-in-law
holding another grandchild
photo courtesy of Erica Shiflett



If you’re caught between a Xenolith and Xylols, you might want to head over to the A to Z April Challenge for some Xeroxing.




© 2014, Wendy Mathias.  All rights reserved.

18 comments:

  1. Oh Boy...here we go again with 'I Am My Own Grandpa'. I could not begin to calculate Mary and Margarets KINSHIP after the marriage to her stepfather, who became the father of her children, son-in-law and eXhusband to her mother, father and brother-in-law to her siblings and on and on down your Family Tree. This will probably put Family Tree Maker into a tailspin. You certainly did not need an 'X' named woman for this post.

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    1. I'm glad you thought about it some -- I couldn't even begin!! I'm sure Family Tree Maker didn't anticipate how to handle THIS kind of family tree!

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  2. What a tangled web that was!

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    1. Yeah -- humiliating, wouldn't you say?

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  3. Holy Smokes! A little Woody Allen-ish.
    9 girls and 1 boy out of the bunch (did I count right?)
    Happy A-Z Saturday!

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    1. HA HA -- Woody Allen! Uh - yeah. Mercy!

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  4. That's a little bit of juicy gossip running rampant in the town, isn't it? Oh my. I almost wanted to yell at my computer when I read that one. I think you handled x very well today, Wendy.

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    1. Thanks, M.J. Creepy situation, just juicy enough!

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  5. What a tangled web that you have in your family! That makes for some interesting tracing!

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    1. The trashy stories break up the monotony, that's for sure!

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  6. I had to read this twice to keep it straight!

    Never do anything to ruin the family name is wide open! LOL

    Great post!

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    1. HA -- that's right. I think we're nearly perfect angels by comparison. Where's my halo?

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  7. I think I need a diagram to keep all of these people and their "situations" in order.

    Poor Maggie! Betrayed by her husband AND oldest daughter. Wow! I'm assuming they weren't invited to Thanksgiving dinner any time soon.

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    1. Really! I wonder if they could EVER be a family after that.

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    2. Hi Wendy,

      I want to let you know that your blog post is listed in today's Fab Finds post at http://janasgenealogyandfamilyhistory.blogspot.com/2013/05/follow-friday-fab-finds-for-may-3-2013.html

      Have a great weekend!

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  8. You've outdone yourself with the "X" - nicely done!

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    1. Yeah, this is a story that families hope won't happen to them.

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