E-mail from Chris Byrne to Alan Salls dated 5/30/2007.

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  • Title E-mail from Chris Byrne to Alan Salls dated 5/30/2007. 
    Short Title E-mail from Chris Byrne to Alan Salls. 
    Source ID S17 
    Text Agnes was actually born Maria Agnes Polschneider in (what is now) northwestern Germany. When her family came to America, she (and they) reverted to her father's original name, Messman - later changed to Mersman. She married William Lake Thatcher, was widowed, and later married James Butler "Wild Bill" Hickok.

    For a definitive look at Agnes's roots, see "The Whiskey Merchant's Diary: An Urban Life in the Emerging Midwest", edited by Linda A. Fisher, MD. - it is just published, and available through Amazon. It is an annotation of a diary kept by Agnes's brother, Joseph J. Mersman, and details her background, and some of her life through the late 1847 - 1853 period.

    For a VERY definitive text on Agnes, her biography, written by Dr. Fisher and Caroline Bowers, has been accepted for publication, and should be out about this time next year. 
    Linked to Agnes MERSMAN
    William Lake THATCHER 

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