As was often the case in Victorian times, sometimes there were two children with the same name. Usually this happens when the older child died. A later child was then given the same name for whatever reason. This was the case with Rosanna Martha Bird who was born in December 1865. Her older sister, the first Rosanna Bird, was born in 1863 and died in 1865. Our Rosanna was the only remaining child of three daughters when she was admitted to the orphanage in 1872 after the death of her parents.
Rosanna had lived with her maternal grandmother after her parents died. Ten years later, when she was dismissed from the orphanage in 1883, she was sent back to her maternal grandmother. Rosanna later went by the name Rose, and this made her harder to find in the census. What we do know is that she did marry and that her first husband died some time son after they were married. She continued in domestic service and later married her employer. They had one son.
Rosanna died in the third quarter of 1959 ad age 93.
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