BAJ’s story

BAJ had such an unusual name for Victorian times that no-one writing it down had any consistency of spelling.

Nine separate variations appear in the records, and one census enumerator either misheard or gave up on trying to spell it so recorded her as “Katherine”.

A gardener’s daughter, and the youngest of three sisters, she married a Gloucestershire carpenter and produced at least 13 children, spending much of her adult life pregnant.

Eight of her children didn’t live beyond the age of four, and four were lost in quick succession over one autumn in the 1880s.

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