Which Authoress of the Nineteenth Century are you most closely connected to?

+21 votes

This week's Example Profile is Charlotte Brontë, whose birthday is April 21.

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WikiTree profile: Charlotte Brontë
in The Tree House by Abby Glann G2G6 Pilot (446k points)
reshown by Chris Whitten

Eddie King here to do rabble-rousing cool

Authoress is now considered in most academic circles to be an archaic/obsolete word. The proper address is female author.

Please see this, among many definitions


Some such feminine forms, such as poetess and authoress, are now rarely used

Luv ya, Miss Abby heart

Thanks, Eddie. I have a soft spot for archaic words :-) heart

Well, you're a nice young lady. Me, my fellow authors in my writing group beat me up when I use the --ess when referring to them. I have lumps and bruises LOL   cheeky 

Well, shame on them! It's a pretty word.
It's also a perfectly correct term for use for when these writers lived, and wrote.  Calling them an "author" would be an anachronism.
The suffix restricts gender to female authors. It is appropriate in this case. Based on the times they lived, they might even be insulted by being called authors.

32 Answers

+9 votes
I am most closely connected to Harriet Arbuthnot at 23 degrees.
by Samantha Thomson G2G6 Mach 8 (86.2k points)
+9 votes
I'm closest to Louisa May Alcott - 16 degrees
by Anonymous Thompson G2G1 (1.5k points)
+8 votes
17 degrees from Louisa Alcott (6th cousins, 6x removed)
19 degrees from Harriet Arbuthnot (6th cousins, 8x removed)
21 degrees from Elizabeth Gaskell
24 degrees from Rosalind Nield (14th cousins, 5x removed)
24 degrees from Aurore Dupin de Francueil (14th cousins, 9x removed)
24 degrees from Isabella Crawford
25 degrees from Charlotte Brontë
32 degrees from Amy de Leeuw
36 degrees from Victoria Benedictsson
by Mike Wells G2G6 Mach 3 (39.0k points)
+8 votes

Louisa Alcott and I are 7th cousins, 5x removed (via Teunis Quick)

by Aaron Gullison G2G6 Mach 5 (59.8k points)
edited by Aaron Gullison
+8 votes
Louisa May Alcott- 17 degrees, 9th cousin 5x removed!
by Matthew Lindley G2G Crew (450 points)
+8 votes

What a thrill to be 15 degrees from Louisa May Alcott when my mother's favorite story is Little Women.  

by Shawnee Brooks G2G1 (1.1k points)
+8 votes
24 degrees from Charlotte Brontë.
by Carolyn Comings G2G6 Mach 1 (12.9k points)
+8 votes

I am most closely related to Elizabeth Gaskell at 21 degrees of separation. As usual it via my New Zealand relations, but this time via the Tolley/Boshier line rather than the Ashley/Sowman line.

by Martin Honor G2G6 Mach 1 (15.3k points)
+8 votes
Harriet (Fane) Arbuthnot - 8th cousin 6x removed

Louisa Alcott - 9th cousin 6x removed
by Cortland Lowe G2G1 (1.9k points)
+8 votes
Harriet Arbuthnot at 14 degrees.
by Peter MacDonald G2G Crew (440 points)
+6 votes

First, I am related to the following 19th century authoresses:

1) Louisa May Alcott: 17 degrees; 12th cousins 7x removed through MRCA William Calverley, Esq.

2) Harriet Arbuthnot: 20 degrees; 17th cousins 4x removed through MRCA Richard Sherburne

3) Rosalind Nield: 20 degrees; 15th cousins 5x removed through MRCA Gilbert Pecche (direct line to Charlemagne)

4) Aurore Dupin de Francueil: 26 degrees; 20th cousin 1x removed through MRCA Gilbert Pecche (as above)

Degrees with other authoresses (but not related):

*Elizabeth Gaskell: 22 degrees

*Charlotte Bronte and Isabella Crawford: 26 degrees

*Amy de Leeuw: 32 degrees

*Victoria Benedictsson: 36 degrees

by Carol Baldwin G2G6 Pilot (447k points)
+7 votes
My closest connection is Louisa May Alcott at 16 degrees. She's also my 7th cousin, 3x removed.
by Jennifer Bello G2G3 (3.7k points)
+6 votes
Harriet Fane at 17 degrees...next closest is Louisa Alcott at 19 degrees.
by Shirlea Smith G2G6 Pilot (156k points)
+7 votes
26 degrees from Charlotte Bronte.

15 degrees from Louisa May Alcott. 15th cousin twice removed. MRCA Elizabeth Fitzalan Usflete (abt 1371- 1423)

35 degrees from Victoria Benedictsson.

21 degrees from Rosalind Neil. 14th cousin once removed. MRCA Thomas Curwen (abt 1452 -1522)

19 degrees from Elizabeth Gaskett.

31 degrees from Amy de Leeuw.

20 degrees from Harriet (Fane) Arbuthnot. 11th cousin 5 times removed. MRCA William Herbert (1423 - 1469). 11th cousin 11 times removed with her husband, Charles Arbuthnot. MRCA Walter Ogilvy (1347 - abt 1395)

23 degrees from Aurore Dupin de Francueil. 11th cousin 8 times removed. MRCA Christian Oldenberg (1426 - 1481)

26 degrees from Isabella Crawford.
by Frank Blankenship G2G6 Mach 2 (20.5k points)
+7 votes

I'm closest to Louisa May Alcott and Harriet Fane, both at 21 steps. But in my heart I still fill closest to Charlotte Brontë - she's always been special for me, and not only because I share her birthday.

I was delighted to discover a "degrees of separation" path to Charlotte - My mum's great-aunt by alliance, Louise Jeener was also the aunt of biologist Raymond Jeener. Raymond Jeener's father-in-law, botanist Jean Massar, had been a student of Paul Heger, son of Charlotte's teacher, Constantin Heger.

by Isabelle Martin G2G6 Pilot (431k points)
+7 votes
Only 11 degrees from Rosalind (Young) Nield this time, once again up near my connection to Errol Flynn. Actually, she and Errol Flynn were first cousins twice removed, according to the Relationship Finder. She had an interesting story. I know, my boss had two ancestors, who arrived in Australia on the first fleet, in two different ships. They didn't know each other. But they were paired up by those in charge. Told that they were being married, and sent to Norfolk Island with a number of other couples. On the bright side, being coupled up like that, was luckier than most the men who came on the first fleet, and never stood a chance of getting a wife, because men on the first fleet probably outnumbered women, 10 to 1.
by Ben Molesworth G2G6 Mach 6 (62.2k points)
+7 votes

I am most closely connected to Louisa May Alcott - we are 6th cousins five times removed. 

by Carol Lynn Napora G2G6 (9.1k points)
+7 votes
My maternal grandmother, Leveny Meade Ramey (1894-1937), is shown on WikiTree to be 17 degrees from Louisa Alcott and 17 degrees from Harriet Arbuthnot.
by Jel Mcclellan G2G Crew (410 points)
+7 votes
Reminder to me to finish writing my book!

Louisa May Alcott is a 6th Cousin 3 times removed, common ancestor John Demming. This is pretty cool!

Harriet Arbuthnot is a 6th cousin 7 times removed, through our common ancestor Richard Cornell.
by Marilyn Kenyon G2G6 Mach 1 (10.2k points)

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