- Dear Nona, et al,
Firstly, welcome! Glad to read you've plucked up courage to post. :-)
To your question:
>SO some one please tell me, how in the world did woman of the 1812 eraWell, in fact we women did do just that - traipsed about in the mud
>cope with the >weather conditions such as I hear were at Mississinewa? I
>just can't see then traipsing >about,trying to do chores for their family
>while dragging 10 yards of mud soaked >fabric behind them with shoe that
>did not reach the same height of the mud.
with our skirts dragging along, in shoes usually ill-equipped to handle the
weather. Wooden shoes, clog type thingies, were sometimes worn, to my
knowledge, and the medieval and rennaisance wooden strap-on soles (the name
escapes me, apologies!) I believe were still considered acceptable.
However, if one reads Laura Secord's account of her trek, one will
find she was wearing the dainty wee slippers most women wore. And later on,
in the early 1830s, one can find similar accounts from Anna Brownell
Jameson, and also from Katherine (or is that we a C?) Par Trail (and I
think I spelled that wrong also.)
Cope? I think they were studier types, myself. They had to be to
survive. Unless, of course, one were Susannah Moodie. Now there was a lady
totally ill-equipped mentally to cope with the backwoods and the rigours of
homesteading. What a hoot her diaries are!
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- Thanks to all who have responded to my question. I am making a list of all books and such which were mentioned. I am sure it will make for some interesting reading.
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