Most Unusual Name – Fearless Female

March 3 — Do you share a first name with one of your female ancestors? Perhaps you were named for your great-grandmother, or your name follows a particular naming pattern. If not, then list the most unique or unusual female first name you’ve come across in your family tree.

The above is a blog prompt from Lisa Alzo. I do not share a first name or a middle name with any of my ancestors that I know of.

Next up is unique or unusual names and the closest I have is Gertrude, which I don’t find that unique or unusual. Many female names in my direct line are Mary, Elizabeth, Beatrice, Caroline and Bridget. With names like that I have to go with Gertrude as being the most unusual. Little is known at this time about Gertrude. I know she was married to a soldier named John Tipper who was Scottish. I do not know when or where they married or Gertrude’s maiden name. I know Gertrude had 4 children and the family was living in Montreal, by 1801 they were in Kingston, Ontario. By 1805, Gertrude had died leaving her husband and children to fend for themselves. I hope I will be able to discover Gertrude’s birthdate, where she was born and who her parents are.

No matter what, Gertrude is a female not forgotten.

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Fearless Female – A Photo

Caroline Norton

Caroline Norton

March 2 — Post a photo of one of your female ancestors.  Who is in the photo?  When was it taken?  Why did you select this photo?

Pictured above is Caroline Louisa Norton, my great Grandmother. Caroline was born in 1877 in Quebec City the daughter of Richard Lee Norton & Hannah Pozer Jeffery.

Caroline lived in Quebec City where she married Peter John Jordan in 1900 and they moved to Montreal in 1909. Her husband was a salesman later opening a tobacco shop in Montreal on Papineau Ave.

This photo of Caroline was taken about 1895 in Quebec City when Caroline would have been 18 years old.

I selected this photo because I love the clothing, her hair style and it is one of the few photos that I have of her as a young lady.