Here is your assignment if you choose to play along (cue the Mission Impossible music, please!):
1) Read Lisa Alzo's blog post Back for a Fourth Year: Fearless Females: 31 Blogging Prompts to Celebrate Women's History Month on her blog, The Accidental Genealogist.
2) Answer the writing prompt for 16 March: If you could have lunch with any female family member (living or dead), or any famous female, who would it be and why? Where would you go? What would you eat?
3) Tell us about it in a blog post of your own, in a comment to this blog post, in a Facebook post or a Google+ post.
I would pick my 5th great-grandmother, Jerusha (--?--) Metcalf (ca 1750-1817), wife of Burgess Metcalf (1741-1816) of Piermont, Grafton County, New Hampshire. They had 11 children together while living near the Connecticut River, really on the frontier. Hopefully, she would know who her parents were (!!), and where they were born, and who her siblings were. I would ask her about her childhood, how she met and married Burgess, what she did during the Revolutionary War while Burgess was away from home, how educated she was, and what stories she could tell me about their daughter, Polly, my 4th great-grandmother, and her family.
Where would we go? To Piermont, I think, to stand on the land on which she lived out her life. What would we eat? Probably something relatively soft, since she probably didn't have great teeth in her later years.
I have many other females with an unknown surname, or unknown parents, but Jerusha --?-- is one that may open up a new research line for me back into the early 1600s in New England.
Besides, I like the name, Jerusha. It's different. The ThinkBabyNames website says this about Jerusha:
Jerusha \j(e)-ru-sha\ as a girl's name is pronounced je-ROO-shah. It is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Jerusha is "married, a possession". Biblical: the wife of King Uzziah. Used by the Puritans and revived somewhat in the 19th century. Literary: James Michener used the name for the missionary heroine in his novel "Hawaii".
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