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The Annie Oakley House in Cambridge Maryland is the only surviving residence that was either owned or occupied by Annie Oakley as a primary and permanent residence Because of Annies fame as a member of the Buffalo Bills Wild West as a legend of the days of the Wild West as a world-renowned marksman Annies house was built on land that she purchased in 1912 and in 1913 The house was built as a retirement home for Annie and her husband Frank Butler As such Annie Oakley lived in the house from 1913 until she returned to public life in 1917 Annie Oakley was born on 13 August 1860 in Darke County Ohio The fifth daughter of Jacob and Susan Moses the Quaker family had migrated to Ohio after the family tavern in Hollidaysburg Pennsylvania burned Jacob Moses died of pneumonia in 1866 For the next several years Annie helped her family by trapping and performing chores on the family farm At the age of eight or nine she went to live with the Superintendents family at the county poor farm At one point during her stay at the poor farm she was lent out to a local farm family as a servantAccording to her autobiography this family abused her mentally and physically After two years she ran back to the poor farm and remained there until she was thirteen or fourteen While there she learned to sew and received an education When Annie returned to her family she found that they had been suffering through a very difficult period Annies mother had remarried but this second husband died after leaving her with a new child Annies mother then married a third time Even with this remarriage the family finances were not very good and the family was on the verge of losing their farm Upon Annies return home she used her fathers old Kentucky rifle to hunt small game for resale in Greenville and
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