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.
|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.