Grandma Moses - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
That wasn't hard now,was it?
Is this a nickname made by the writer or a common one? I think it probably means someone who made a revolutionary success despite their limitations like age or something. Moses was a leader in the Bible. So it probably stands for great leadership or pioneership.
gz139)Anna Mary Robertson told her friend, "I wish I were an artist!" The friend answered, "Are you crazy?" So Anna became a farmer. After retiring, she began painting. She painted very well. She said, "I wish I hadn't listened to my friend's advice! I'd have started painting earlier!" Today we know Anna as "Grandma Moses."
I can't see anything related to the historic figure in the Bible on her profile. It's just because her husband's name is "Moses", I guess.
I would normally assume that a name like that were simply someone's surname, not a nickname, Biblical or otherwise.
The Wikipedia piece, without stating that she was married, refers to her as having "Robertson Moses" as her surname and that she exhibited as "Mrs Moses" before being referred to in the press as "Mother Moses" and "Grandma Moses".
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The Wikipedia entry says, under "Early Life": In 1887, at the age of 27, she married a "hired man", Thomas Salmon Moses, and the couple established themselves on a farm in Virginia where they spent nearly two decades.
Aha. I missed that when I skimmed it. Thanks.