The Arnold and Moberly Family Genealogy

Mary H Crawford1848

Name
Mary H Crawford
Given names
Mary H
Surname
Crawford
Married name
Mary H Goldsbury
Birth 1848
MarriageThomas Jefferson GoldsburyView this family
April 26, 1870 (Age 22 years)
Census June 30, 1870 (Age 22 years)
Note:
Mary is residing in her father's household, listed as a 'grass widow'. This is defined as follows: NOUN: 1. A woman who is divorced or separated from her husband. 2. A woman whose husband is temporarily absent. 3. An abandoned mistress. 4. The mother of a child born out of wedlock. ETYMOLOGY: Perhaps in allusion to a bed of grass or hay. The term grass widow cries out for explanation of what grass means and how grass widow came to have its varied though related senses. Grass probably refers to a bed of grass or hay as opposed to a real bed. This association would help explain the earliest recorded sense of the word (1528), 1) an unmarried woman who has lived with one or more men, as well as the related senses; an abandoned mistress and the mother of an illegitimate child. 2) Later on, after the sense of grass had been obscured, people may have interpreted grass as equivalent to the figurative use of pasture, as in out to pasture. Hence grass widow could have developed the senses; a divorced or separated wife or; a wife whose husband is temporarily absent.
Note:
HF: 369/369, LN: 10/17, Page 48, Petersburg PO, Jefferson Twp, Pike Co, Indiana, USA by John H Hammond Aaron Crawford, 54-M-W, Farmer, IN Mary Crawford, 49-F-W, Keeping house, Can Not Read/Write William Crawford, 24-M-W, none, IN Sanora Crawford, 14-F-W, none, IN, Attending School Martha Crawford, 17-F-W, none, IN Andrew Engleman, 20-M-W, Farm Hand, IN, Can not Read/Write ?? Engleman, 5-F-W, none, IN, Mary Goldsbury, 22-F-W, Grass Widow, IN
DivorceThomas Jefferson GoldsburyView this family
before November 1871 (Age 23 years)
Deathyes

Family with Thomas Jefferson Goldsbury - View this family
ex-husband
herself
Marriage: April 26, 1870Pike Co, Indiana, USA
Divorce: before November 1871Pike Co, Indiana, USA
Thomas Jefferson Goldsbury + Sarah Ann Hopson - View this family
ex-husband
husband’s wife
Marriage: March 17, 1867Floyd Co, Indiana, USA
Thomas Jefferson Goldsbury + Mary J Matteson - View this family
ex-husband
husband’s wife
Marriage: November 12, 1871Pike Co, Indiana, USA

Census
Mary is residing in her father's household, listed as a 'grass widow'. This is defined as follows: NOUN: 1. A woman who is divorced or separated from her husband. 2. A woman whose husband is temporarily absent. 3. An abandoned mistress. 4. The mother of a child born out of wedlock. ETYMOLOGY: Perhaps in allusion to a bed of grass or hay. The term grass widow cries out for explanation of what grass means and how grass widow came to have its varied though related senses. Grass probably refers to a bed of grass or hay as opposed to a real bed. This association would help explain the earliest recorded sense of the word (1528), 1) an unmarried woman who has lived with one or more men, as well as the related senses; an abandoned mistress and the mother of an illegitimate child. 2) Later on, after the sense of grass had been obscured, people may have interpreted grass as equivalent to the figurative use of pasture, as in out to pasture. Hence grass widow could have developed the senses; a divorced or separated wife or; a wife whose husband is temporarily absent.
Census
HF: 369/369, LN: 10/17, Page 48, Petersburg PO, Jefferson Twp, Pike Co, Indiana, USA by John H Hammond Aaron Crawford, 54-M-W, Farmer, IN Mary Crawford, 49-F-W, Keeping house, Can Not Read/Write William Crawford, 24-M-W, none, IN Sanora Crawford, 14-F-W, none, IN, Attending School Martha Crawford, 17-F-W, none, IN Andrew Engleman, 20-M-W, Farm Hand, IN, Can not Read/Write ?? Engleman, 5-F-W, none, IN, Mary Goldsbury, 22-F-W, Grass Widow, IN