Name Josephine Francine Mercer
Position Primary Character
|Aliases||Jo - Short for Josephine, those close to Jo are allowed to call her by her shortened name. Those who do not know her have the tendency to assume she is a man based just on hearing her nickname. This has lead to many a person being confused (and sometimes a little angry) when they realize she is a woman.
Josie - The more personal version of her name and used by family.
Double L Ranch (aka Lost Lake Ranch)
Kalispell, Montana Territory
San Francisco, California
Birthplace: Boston, MA
|Hair Color||Blond, long and hangs clear to her waist. Naturally curly|
William Cody Harper
DOB: February 11, 1870 (a. 5)
Parents: Chance and Regina Harper
Regina Antoinette Harper
DOB: February 11, 1870 (a. 5)
Parents: Chance and Regina Harper
|Professional Skills||During her years at St. Agatha's and the Sisters of Mercy Convent, Jo has nursing and medical training under her proverbial belt. She can tend to most minor wounds and illnesses with ease and a gentle hand. She also helped in the orphanage at St. Agatha's and found that she loved working with young children.
After she completed school and returned home to Haight-Ashbury in San Francisco, Jo had a hand in running the household during her sister's absences.
|Self Defense||Jo was raised as a well-bred lady and has never had any sort of skills or fighting training. However, she is enterprising and quick to think on her feet.|
|Hobbies & Interests||Art
Music - Jo loves music in all its forms. She is exceptionally skilled in playing both the piano and the violin.
Personality & Traits
|General Personality||Some might consider Josephine to be a spoiled little brat if they are witness to her more private conversations. She may, in fact, be a little spoiled, but the truth is that she's quite unhappy at the moment. She has been pulled out of her home, away from her friends and romantic pursuits to take a position as a nanny and housekeeper on a ranch in Montana. She tries to stand her ground, especially with her older half-sister but almost always backs down when she realizes it's useless to continue pushing.
She is a warm and kind-hearted person who honestly does care about the people around her. Jo is also quite intelligent and well educated as she was sent to good schools during her learning years. She loves music and has trained for many years on the piano and violin and enjoys sketching in her free time.
Josephine was brought up to be a proper young lady, which means there are topics of conversation she finds uncouth. She does have a temper but is usually pretty good at keeping it reigned in.
|Father||Franklin Hartwell Mercer - Deceased (1858). Jo was raised primarily by her mother and had minimal contact with her father. When Evelyn died, Jo's custody was signed over to her older half-sister Harriet. Franklin Mercer was killed in a duel by gunshot.|
|Mother||Evelyn Anne Mercer - Deceased (1860). Jo adored her mother and when she became sick, her body wasting away, she was devastated. It soon left Jo motherless at age 10.|
|Sister(s)||Harriet Grace - Harri, as Jo calls her, is Jo's older half sister. They share a father but not a mother. When Jo's mother died, Harriet arrived at the estate so that she could legally ensure Jo's part of the inheritance. Jo's uncle, her mother's brother, ended up signing over full custody to Harriet, who then moved Jo's across the country to San Fransisco. Jo loves her sister because they are family but she does not like her very much most of the time.|
Friends & Foes
|Friends||To be determined on Game Play|
|Foes||To be determined on Game Play|
|Personal History||- 1850 -
Jan to April: Franklin meets and charms a lovely young Boston heiress by the name Evelyn Thomas.
April 1850: Evelyn discovers that she is pregnant with Franklin's child. When her parents learned of the news, they were disappointed and ashamed of their daughter. They forced, by shotgun, Franklin to marry their daughter. Marriage does not tame Franklin's wild ways.
November 19, 1850: Josephine Francine Mercer is born, a healthy baby girl who was loved from the second she was born, by her mother anyway.
- 1850 to 1858 -
Jo's childhood years are fairly basic for a child her age and social class. She was raised by both her mother and a nanny who helped educate her until she was able to attend school.
- 1858 -
Evelyn receives news that her husband, Franklin, has been killed in a duel in New Orleans. Jo was only eight at the time and had very little contact with her father during that time.
- 1860 -
Jo's mother, Evelyn, dies after a long battle with a terrible sickness that caused her body to waste away. Jo's sister, Harriet, arrives in the legal capacity to ensure that Jo receives her fair share of the inheritance. When Evelyn's own parents died in 1855, they left the entirety of their estate to Evelyn's brother, Johnathon. Johnathon was unable to keep H.G from securing the young girl her share and ended up signing over custody of Jo over to her half-sister.
Harriet moves Jo across the country to her home in San Fransisco and enrolls Jo in a convent school up in Sacremento, St. Agatha's. The convent was home to the St. Agatha's Sisters of Mercy order who were renown as a nursing order as well as for the school they operated.
- 1860 to 1875 -
Jo's time at St. Agatha's was fairly routine, and she found herself interested in medicine thanks to the sisters. She completed her schooling in Sacremento and for a while, even considered taking the Vow and becoming a nun with the convent. Instead, she returned to San Fransisco to Haight-Ashbury, her sister's home. College was considered as well, medical school in fact. However, at the time she was considering applying to Toland Medical College, she was also being courted by Jeremy Fitzpatrick, a young man of some standing. While her courtship itself was not the reason she did not apply, it did lead into why.
- 1875 -
Being courted by Jeremy Fitzpatrick was lovely; he treated her with the utmost respect, and she quickly fell for his charm. Their relationship was soon hot gossip for those in their social circle. News soon reached her sister, Harriet, who quickly sought to end things between her younger sister and her young beau. Jo was too enamored to see the truth, Jeremy was only interested in marrying her money. Harriet intervened, putting her foot down. This only pushed Jo into sneaking out the following night to meet Jeremy at the train depot so that they could run off together and elope. Harriet anticipated such a move and met them at the depot with her aid, Fang.
Jo was forced to depart with her sister, only doing so to keep Fang from hurting Jeremy. She'd just have to figure out how to meet up with him again later. Little did she know that her sister had already worked up a plan to keep them apart. H.G. was heading toward Montana to deal with some clients of hers, and she was dragging Jo along with. It wouldn't be until they were already in Kalispell that H.G. would drop the next bomb, Jo would be staying behind as a housekeeper and nanny to two single men who had recently taken custody of their niece and nephew.
|Animals & Pets||Jo has a pair of small songbirds that were given to her as a gift from a suitor and she absolutely refused to leave San Fransisco without them.
Angel is an Albino female, approx 1 year in age.
Blue is a Cobalt male, approx 1 year in age.
She has a wrought iron cage for them that she keeps in the house and a smaller carry cage for traveling.