|Albertine Hannah Head Ston|
Maiden aunts, spinsters—often not used as a complimentary term. When I think of a maiden aunt, I think of a little old lady, who stays homes, keeps house, and takes care of her other relatives. In some ways that may describe my great great aunt, Albertine Hannah and in other ways it does not.
Obtaining information on single women is usually a challenge so I do not know a great deal about Albertine. Some of what I know about, Albertine, comes from census date. I know she was born in 1834 in Edgar County Illinois, near where Chrisman is today, was the seventh child of John M. and Charity (Mears) Hannah, and lived on her father’s farm. Her mother died in 1842 when Albertine was 8 years old. In 1850 she was living with her father, her three brothers, and two sisters. In 1860 Albertine was living with her father, and her niece, Charity Conrey, the daughter of her deceased sister, Nancy. When the Civil War began, both her father and her brother, John Wesley, enlisted. Her father fought for about three months, and then returned home, due to illness. He died in 1865. So far, Albertine looks like a pretty typical maiden aunt—living with her father, taking care of her niece, etc.
|Hannah Farm Land|
I would love to be able to have a conversation with Albertine. I would like to know why she remained single. Did she, like many women of that time, have a man she loved who was killed in the Civil War? Also during the Civil War, who ran the farm while her father was at war? Did she? Did her brother, George, or her brothers-in-law help out?