Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Anna Marie Thayne alias Annie Rogers
Yeah, so all these years I've thought my ancestors were all upstanding citizens. But somehow, the family tree genealogist tried to eliminate the most colorful and interesting character of them all--Anna Marie Thayne--who was disowned and cut off from the Church. While it may be difficult to find out the truth about her, since there are so many versions, I'll tell an abbreviated version of the "Daughters of the Utah Pioneers" tale. I give the lessons in our Sagwitch Basin chapter. Right, I know I'm too young to be a member of the distinguished group of primarily 70+ women, but there's a bunch of fun women in the group, and I get an excellent meal made by some of the best cooks in Paradise. Now imagine my surprise when I'm perusing the lesson and come across a Thayne I've never heard of--we're all related--having come through two brothers, Anna's father John Johnson Thayne and my great great grandfather, Ebeneezer Thayne. Anyway, the man in the picture is Kid Curry. Earlier, Anna was linked with other wild bunch members. And probably was married for a time to Harry Longabaugh or The Sundance Kid and even had a kid with him. Unfortunately, she found out that Harry was already married to Etta Place!!! Now Etta, lived with the Thayne family, and both Etta and Anna were school teachers. Was that before they became prostitutes and outlaws? All stories indicate that Anna was often mistaken for Etta, and that Anna committed more crimes with the wild bunch than did her more famous friend. I'll tell more of this tale later, but it seems that poor Annie Rogers met her fate in South America, killed along with two other outlaws that were mistaken for Butch and Sundance.