Barry's Relatively Speaking: Aunt Hess' Wash Day
Posted on Oct 19, 2012
Barry's Relatively Speaking shares the personal experiences and stories of genealogists found in the Everton Genealogical Helper Magazine collection on MyGenShare.com. Marie shares the following experience.
Great-great-great Aunt Hess washed on Mondays. Which started a chain of events that led to my discovering the year of my great-grandparents' marriage.
While checking dates of various births, deaths and marriages with my aunt, Vera Kelly, I happened to ask what possessed her mother, my grandmother, to get married the day after her birthday. We never could keep the dates straight and it would have been so much simpler if she had married on her birthday. My aunt had asked her mother the same question years before and was told it was because of Aunt Hess' wash day. In the 1880's Aunt Hess ran a boarding house in Chester, Penn, where she had raised her orphaned niece, Anna Lee Brown. Aunt Hess' wash day never varied. Not even when Anna set the date of her wedding for June 11, a Monday. Apparently Anna had to help with the wash that day, because it turned her firmly against Monday weddings. When my grandmother, Anna's daughter, planned her own wedding to coincide with her June 26th birthday, Anna was dismayed to find it fell on a Monday. So because of Aunt Hess' Monday wash day, my grandmother changed her wedding day to please Anna; Aunt Vera was amused enough by the story to remember it; and I found out June 11th fell on a Monday in 1883 -- giving me the date of Anna Lee Brown's marriage to William Pearson.