Welcome to another day Vagabonds
Once again it’s 43 degrees outside our door, the predicted high is 53 with a mix of sun and clouds. Ah, fall.
New avatar, if I were to title this picture I’d call it “Happier days of the Hayden family” I don’t know the date of this picture but I would say mid to late 1890s.
From vermonter.com: “Over the years, William acquired so much land that in 1823 he found himself in serious financial trouble. His mother-in-law, Mercie Dale had given him money over the years to help but it had never been repaid while he continued to ask for more. Suspicion set in and Mercie Dale became victim to a long illness, accusing William of poisoning her.”
As the end came, Mercie uttered her ominous curse in the presence of her daughter, Silence: “The Hayden name shall die in the third generation and the last to bear the name shall die in poverty.”
Henry, the last male in the line of the Hayden family of Albany, VT was taken away by hearse in 1910. From vermonter.com; “The only Hayden eventually left alive was Henry’s daughter Armenia. All that was left of her inheritance was an unsavory family reputation and a number of unpaid debts. Due to illness and humiliation, she decided to live out her final days, in Waterville, Maine, where she died alone in poverty on February 20, 1927. She was the last of the Hayden family and the final victim of Mercie Dale’s curse.”
That is pretty much the story of the curse of Mercie Dale and the Haydens. Morel of the story is, never stiff your mother-in-law. (^.^)
Have a happy day all you nice folks and may God bless.