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Anhinga anhinga
Common Name: Anhinga
Donor: Mary Jane Truelove , 1844 - 1927
Place Object Found: Connecticut
Department: Natural History
Accession Number: B1923.70
As well as being scientifically important, the natural history collections can sometimes reveal some enduring social history. The donor of this specimen, Mary Jane Watson, was a general servant in the late 19th century. The 1891 census shows that she was working for Joseph Truelove, a married cutler living in Greenhill. The 1901 census shows that Mary Jane was no longer listed as a servant, but had married Joseph. However, the records show that the only marriage between a Joseph Truelove to a Mary Jane Watson occurred in 1909. It is possible that Mary Jane and Joseph were living together, but remained unmarried until 1909, covering up any perceived impropriety by claiming that Mary was a domestic.
Display Location: Weston Park Museum

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