This is Day 19 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.
She was born in Rockingham County, Virginia, July 1885 to Margaret Johnson and the first of four husbands, Jacob Life.
By 1901, Sudie’s mother Margaret Johnson Life Hott Ford was once again a free woman, and she married my first cousin three times removed, Sylvester “Sell” Shiflett of McGaheysville, Virginia. So Sudie became his step-daughter.
The next year, 1902, Sudie married her step-father's brother, James William “Will” Shiflett, also my first cousin three times removed.
Now Sudie was sister-in-law to her step-father as well as wife to her step-uncle. Her mother was also her sister-in-law.
By now, you should be singing that ol’ favorite genealogy hymn, “I’m My Own Grandpa.”
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