A confident, cocky tone in a blog post is never good. I am returning to this blog cap in hand, admitting I was wrong. The illegitimate sister 'born about 1922' was indeed born in about 1922. Was she called Jane or Calista: er, no. Did she go to Australia, ummmm. No, to that as well.
From memory to fact
Here were the facts as presented.
'My sister Jane was born in about 1922 and was sent abroad, to America maybe. My Mum kept a set of her clothes that she had worn as a girl.'Maybe the clothes were something like this:
One step back
Galling is the word I would use to describe receiving that birth certificate of Calista from 1919 - the girl who went out to Australia from the Clee Hills. I was so convinced, but actually secretly glad that I was wrong. It felt too hasty a victory. The battle was lost but not the war.
It's how you say it
Jane, Jane, Jane. There were no Janes in the 1920s. It just wasn't in fashion, like Margaret or Gwendoline aren't today. But there was a May. In fact May was the only option at this time.
If you say, May, it sounds like Jane.
Where to now...
And May it seems didn't go out to Australia, but she did have connections with Ghana. Now they should be interesting. We are just waiting for for the birth certificate as proof. Tick tock.