(International Standard Serial Number)  ISSN 1532-0340




McAninch Family History Newsletter

Volume X, Number 1, January 31, 2002.


A clearing house for McAninch and related surnames [McAninch, McIninch, McNinch (-sh)].

Published Quarterly since 1993.              Articles solicited, and Queries accepted.




Table Of Contents




Miscellaneous info, Queries, and Nuggets from recent letters (by States)

page 2002-02

(Kentucky, Virginia)




McAninch for the Confederacy: Eight Who Fought for Southern Independence

page 2002-03

(Part II of III)




Life in the 1500s? Well, Not Really …


There’s a really cute “Life in the 1500s” article floating around the world now, with homilies like


Most people got married in June because they took their yearly bath in May and still smelled pretty good by June. However, they were starting to smell, so brides carried a bouquet of flowers to hide the body odor. Baths consisted of a big tub filled with hot water. The man of the house had the privilege of the nice clean water, then all the other sons and men, then the women and finally the children -- last of all the babies. By then the water was so dirty you could actually lose someone in it -- hence the saying, “Don't throw the baby out with the bath water.”

[multiple sources: www.zianet.com/wblase/endtimes/facts.htm, from A300 Dan @aol.com; www.virtualteacher.com.au/life.html; www.scs.unr.edu/~omicron/life1500.html (Nev.Reno), www.netscrap.com/netscrap_detail.cfm?scrap_id=836, NetScrap; and many, many others …]


However, despite the ‘common sense’ appeal of these stories, they are just not true (remember, don’t believe everything you find on the Internet!). Analysis on the Urban Legends Reference Page [http://www.snopes2.com, > Language > Phrase Craze] includes information and comments, such as


“… the standard practice among common folk at that time was to be bathed at birth and again when laid out before burial. Bathing was considered hazardous to the health, and as such, no sensible person subjected himself to it, let alone on a yearly basis.”


This McAninch Family History Newsletter is Published by Frank and Jan (Mauk) McAninch

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McAninch Family History NL, v.X.n.1  January 2002  Copyright Frank McAninch   page 2002-01

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