It has been since 2009 that Carol Jarboe has been presenting the story of Maggie Delaney. Frank and Carol Jarboe came slowly into re-enacting. They traveled to events and they watched and they listened. They spent longer than most deciding just want they wanted to do. Frank chose to portray a parson and took the name Parson John. (His full name is actually John Frank Jarboe.) Frank not only began to portray a man of the cloth he became one. As he was asked to perform marriages, baptisms and funerals, not only to “re-enact” them, he saw the need, and became a licensed minister with a traveling congregation. He can now be found most Sunday mornings conducting services at historical venues.
Carol is first and foremost a teacher. When she began to study indentured servitude, she too found her calling. Realizing that the romanticized picture of indentured servitude, most often only available in historical fiction, was far from the truth, she wanted to not only teach but show the reality. And Maggie Delaney was born.
Carol draws her research from dozens of sources. But no one source gave her a complete life of an indenture. Maggie Delaney was a name snatched from the pages of history and fleshed out with bits and pieces of various accounts to become a complete character.