Recently I asked Paula Sassi to analyze the handwriting of my great-grandmother, Bridget (Hogan) Shane. Here’s a sample and Paula’s conclusions:
“Bridget Shane’s handwriting shows that she was a quiet and somewhat stressed individual. As the widowed Mother of eight children she carried a heavy burden and this is evident in the flattened form of her signature. She may have felt she was carrying the weight of the world on her shoulders. There are signs of depression in the first signature, but she could also rise to the occasion if something needed to be said. Her first name is written larger than her last since she is now on her own without the help of her husband. Her narrow, retraced “g” loop indicates that she may have been selective in her relationships and perhaps did not venture far from the confines of her own family. Although she could feel crushed by the responsibilities in her life, the small, almost indistinguishable hook at the end of her name, gives evidence of her tenacity to hold on to and care for her family.
From these indicators we can infer that she was a quiet woman with few connections outside of her family which was probably of her own choosing. She most likely sublimated her own needs to that of her children and tried hard to meet her responsibilities even though the pressures of life caused her some anxiety and depression.”
Since my great-grandmother died in 1896 I have little to go on besides documents left behind, and now this analysis by Paula Sassi which I treasure.
Susan J. Edminster, Granite Falls Washington, February 3, 2010, All Rights Reserved.