One of her outstanding distinctions in the eyes of her own children was that she had been born an aunt, and, as soon as she could talk, had insisted upon her two nieces, both older than herself, addressing her as 'Aunt Emma'.In Lark Rise Thompson recounts her experiences growing up in several small towns and a hamlet in Oxfordshire, England, in the 1880s. (For the book the author chose to call herself and her brother by different names, and to give fictional names the towns where she lived.)
In times past when families were often very large, parents were young when first children were born and child-bearing years were long. It was often possible for the oldest sibling to have married and had children while her mother was still bearing children.
I know of one "aunt before she was born" in my family history. My great-gramma Meinzen gave birth to her first child, Henry, in 1870, her last, Naomi, in 1898. Henry's first child was born in 1897. I think there may be some others because two great-grandparents had such large families.
Do you have any women in your family who were aunts before they were born? Or men who were uncles before they were born?
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