The Trouble with Families!
This little girl, called Jane, was sent hundreds of miles away from her brother's and sisters to be brought up by her aunt and uncle. As far as I know she had a good life with them. But I was a bit horrified at the thought of sending any of my children away! There is no point in trying to judge them by our modern day sensibilities. And I understand that it was not uncommon to send children to live with relatives. But I always wonder if the little girl felt rejected. I also wonder at Jessie being able to give her children away like that, surely it wouldnt matter how many you had, you love them all. I do understand that life was difficult enough for them without those extra mouths to feed - but wouldnt a mother feel the loss terribly? I daresay she carried on as normal, did the very Victorian thing, stiff upper lip and all that... to my knowledge.. no backlash later in life, no nervous breakdown recorded. They seem to have just got on with it. Did they suffer emotional problems or did they have another way of coping? I can't decide.