|Birth: ||May 9, 1852|
|Death: ||Nov. 11, 1941|
Linda Jeal was a circus performer, known as the Queen of the Flaming Zone. She was born in Washington State in 1852 to Herbert and Mary Ann Jeal. She and her sister Elena (whose real name Selina Laura), were both circus equestrians, and at one time married to brothers; Linda to Wm. O'Dale, and Selina to Frederick Stevens (her second husband).
Linda was married four times; first to William O'Dale Stevens (circus performer and owner), who died shortly after their marriage. Her second marriage in 1885 was to circus performer Natalio Lowande, which marriage ended in divorce a year later. Her third marriage was to James Murray (circus performer) in 1889, then William Julian (circus performer) who was killed in a train accident in 1900.
Linda retired to her home in Illinois in 1916 and was known to locals as Miss Julian, the bareback rider. After her retirement she worked as a housekeeper for a family in Petersburg but maintained her ability to run and jump on a horse. She said of her retirement that circus riding had always been a hobby with her but when the day finally came when she had to take her leave of the sawdust ring, she regretfully bade farewell to her friends and associates of the Frank A. Robbins Show, adding that what was remarkable was that during 45 years of riding she never had a serious accident. She died while living at her daughter's home in Springfield. Ironically, she died of injuries from a fall on the stairs at home.
William E. Julian (1867 - 1900)*
William O'Dale Stevens (1854 - 1883)*
Laurel Hill Cemetery
Maintained by: Lesa McClay
Originally Created by: Janice Bonilla
Record added: Jul 22, 2009
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