Everyone could use some genealogical target practice from time to time — unless you’re related to Annie Oakley. America’s sharpshooting sweetheart was born Phoebe Ann Mosey Aug. 13, 1860, in Darke County, Ohio. With her deceased father’s old Kentucky rifle, at 14 she set her sights on small game for the Katzenberger brothers’ grocery store in Greenville, Ohio. By the time she was 15, her skilled shooting scared up enough money to pay the entire $200 mortgage on her mother’s house. Later on, Oakley scored a bull’s-eye when she defeated her future husband, noted marksman Frank E. Butler, during his traveling show’s stop in Cincinnati. The couple joined Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show in 1885, where Oakley quickly became a shooting star. In honor of the markswoman’s birthday, we take aim at her family history.
- b. Their children were Mary Jane, Lydia, Elizabeth, Sarah Ellen, Catharine, Phoebe Ann, John and Hulda.
- b. Annie went to live with Superintendent Edington’s family at the Darke County Infirmary, where she helped with the orphaned children, and Mrs. Edington taught her to sew.
- a. In the 1860 Darke County, Ohio, census, Jacob Mauzy is 61, and Susan is 27.
- a. What would her peace-loving ancestors have thought?
Number of correct answers:
8-10 Celebrity Savvy
6-7 Notably Knowledgeable
4-5 Star Crossed
0-3 Infamously Ignorant