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    Quote Originally Posted by Pathos View Post
    This story confuses me.

    Basically the revelation is...she wasn't always old?


    Well, basically...yeah. You know how it is. People think of Shakespeare, and they think of the one picture we have of him: middle aged, balding, with a ridiculous-looking collar. But he was also young and vibrant, writing love sonnets to Anne Hathaway, tramping across the country with a troupe of actors, writing of blood and rhetoric AND love. He may have gotten his big break because one actor stabbed another in the street. He and his company tore down the Globe in the middle of the night and moved the whole thing across the river to get away from a bastard landlord. His contemporary and competitor Marlowe fatally met with "a great reckoning in a little room." There was a LOT going on in his life that we choose to simply forget, somehow imagining he was always that flat, balding, two-dimensional image.

    We reduce these people to one moment, one stage of their lives, and lose who they really were.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ysobelle View Post
    We reduce these people to one moment, one stage of their lives, and lose who they really were.
    I felt the point (not really revelation) of the whole article was that we need to reexamine all the things we take for granted because of the way people use anything and everything to suit their purposes when needed. Martha Washington was changed because of the value of that change for the American image. A lot of what anyone takes at face value might not be true at all. It seems a nice reminder, and helps put a lot of things in perspective.
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    I also understood the article to show that despite books that had been written about her and rumors flying around, she was not a dumpy, ugly woman that George settled for to marry. That he actually *chose* her, and she him, cause they were both stud muffins, lol.
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    She'll still always be viewed the way she's been viewed for hundreds of years. That's just the way humans are, and we won't change. It seems to me, when ever we do this age regression things, we end up making them "hotties" to our current standards of good looking, which are not the same as they were back then. I take it all with a grain of salt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gwen View Post
    This really got my attention! The rumor in my family is this (which I have not yet confirmed)... Before meeting George Washington, Martha was married to a man with the last name of Drake. Well, that is the family name and a direct line to my biological grandmother. So according to my family history/rumor mill, I am related to her by marriage. Again, I am not sure. But if I am... It's cool my great great XXXX grandmother is a hottie! I just wish her good looks had passed down more in tact! Oh also according to the rumor, she was widowed from Drake when she met George.

    Never heard Drake? She was married before to a man with the last name Custis. She had two children with him that George Washington raised after he married Martha. Her granddaughter and great granddaughter are buried by the tomb of George and Martha.

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    Hey, she could chop down MY "cherry tree", if you know what I'm sayin'. . .











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    I love this!!! I took the article showing how capable she was and independent she was. For ages women have been shown to be so dependent this shows otherwise and I love it...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Apropos View Post
    Never heard Drake? She was married before to a man with the last name Custis. She had two children with him that George Washington raised after he married Martha. Her granddaughter and great granddaughter are buried by the tomb of George and Martha.

    I spent one whole day visiting Mount Vernon. It is a fabulous place. It was a bit of a drive from DC but worth it.
    Thanks for the information! Like I said, I had not been able to research it. Supposively my grandfather had info that made the connection but my uncle is currently hording the paperwork! Anyway, at least the widow part was right. Now maybe there is a connection like it is my grandmother maternal side (not the paternal side of Drake) or something like that it true... That is if there is a connection at all! My grandfather passed a few years ago and my biological grandmother (the one who the connection is supposed to be through) died when I was two. So now I have to wait for it to go through my uncle and mom before I get to see it. So I wait!


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