So, I’m a book lover, and have my own “library” room which is packed with many books on a variety of subjects. It has come in handy on many occasions when my son has come home and said to me…. “oh mom…I need to do a report on such and such…I have to use some book references….my teacher says you can’t use only the Internet for sources”.
Many of my books I acquired because the local High school was “discarding” what they considered to be old and out- of- date books. I barely looked at most of them, I just grabbed whatever sounded interesting, and when I got home, they were quickly transferred to my bookshelves.
Anyway, I was looking over my collection, when I noticed one with the title, “American Nicknames”, while paging through it, I found that it provides nicknames referring to people, places, buildings, objects of life, religious and political organizations…..this book is a treasure trove of information!
At first glance, it seems boring, as everything is alphabetized just like a dictionary. I didn’t make it very far when I noticed the name, “Anne Hennis Trotter Bailey”, and what caught my attention was her nickname, “Mad Anne”. Well, I have to read about this person who gets this odd nickname!
So, here is an excerpt about “Mad Anne”:
Mrs. Anne Hennis Trotter Bailey was often designated Mad Anne by the settlers of Gallipolis, Ohio, and by the frontiersmen on the adjacent Virginia border because her unconventionality and her courage at times seemed to border on madness.
After Mrs. Trotter’s husband, Richard Trotter, had been killed in 1774 during an Indian raid, Mrs. Trotter dressed in men’s clothes, and joined a band of soldiers on the Kanawha River at the present site of Charleston, West Virginia, hoping to avenge the death of her husband.
When the Revolutionary War broke out, she inspired a great number of men to join the Continental Army. She became an expert in the use of firearms, and was invaluable as a messenger between the forts and in securing ammunition and supplies for these garrisons.
Because she was so unconventional in her dress and in engaging in the activities of war, she was considered to be abnormal or insane and was called Mad Anne.
She was born in Liverpool, England, around 1742, and died at Gallipolis (now Ohio), on November 22, 1825.
I bet she was a hoot in her day and time, no wonder they thought she was crazy….women wearing pants!
Sketches from “Anne Bailey, Frontier Scout” by Mary R. Furber, Morgan Reynolds Publishing, Inc., Greensboro, NC.