Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Fearless Females - Movie

March 22 — If a famous director wanted to make a movie about one of your female ancestors who would it be? What actress would you cast in the role and why?

Sheriff Creeden and his wife Anna
I would choose my great-grandmother Anna Niehaus Creeden. She was born in 1888 to German born Henry Niehaus and Anna Rohrer Niehaus who was also of German descent. In the 1920's, Anna took an active role as Jail Matron of Mercer County, Ohio while her husband Charles Creeden was the County Sheriff. She had a reputation as being an excellent sharpshooter and one family legend says that she knew Annie Oakley and did some shooting with her. They lived during some exciting times with prohibition, major bank robberies, and Klan uprisings. Another family story says that Anna helped defend the new courthouse during a mob riot. They had some tragedies in their life too, from the death of their first son Carl when he was only four years old and later the death of their daughter-in-law after childbirth. For the actress, I'm thinking Sandra Bullock due to her independent spirit and German ancestry.

Once again, in honor of  National Women’s History Month, Lisa Alzo of The Accidental Genealogist blog presents Fearless Females: 31 Blogging Prompts to Celebrate Women’s History Month..

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