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From: "Mills" <>
Subject: RE: [APG] Widow on Census
Date: Mon, 6 Feb 2006 12:20:46 -0600
As I grew up in the South in the mid-1900s, the old-timers called it "grass
widow." Census takers, not being offered that option, used "widow" instead,
and I've seen more than a few early 20th-century legally recorded deeds in
my home county that called married women "widow" when their husbands were
"rambling men" and the wives acted as sole femes.
According to Michael Quinion's wonderful site, "World Wide Words,"
http://www.worldwidewords.org/qa/qa-gra1.htm the use of "grass widow" in
such situations occurred throughout British-speaking countries and
dependencies, going back to 1528.
Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL, FASG
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