Friday, March 30, 2018

Claim Your Ancestor #51: One Cow, Her Choice

Dear Student,

I found a will where your ancestor Robert Anderson tried to take care of his potential widow in all sorts of ways (permanent tenancy on the farm) short of giving her the farm because under most circumstanc)s women were not citizens and could not own property.

 He leaves his widow one of their cows, "the cow of her choice," as though that is a substitute for equality and citizenship. (See the last sentence)

Anyway, the Anderson family sounds awesome. You should look them up.