Maiden Aunt Descendants

A blog dedicated to “maiden aunts.” In most genealogical reports these women are referred to only with birth and death dates. These women had full lives and contributed much to the family even though they never contributed to the descendant tree. Their stories are rarely told because there are no children to tell them. These are their stories.



                                                            Ellen & Corinthia Davis

A box of letters discovered in my grandmother’s house after her death in 1992 sparked an interest in a branch of my Davis family history previously unexplored. The letters contributed to the investigation of two maiden aunt sisters who had been entered into the family tree with only birth and death dates. As was discovered, these two women led lives as caregivers and business women who contributed much to the lives of their families and communities in which they lived. The fact that my grandmother kept these letters for over 60 years- even though the relationship ended badly- suggests she ultimately wanted the story to be told.


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