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She was Ada Agnes Ruthven, who bore eleven (11) children with James. All of them survived into maturity (which was also unusual for this time), and all helped James' compilation of the OED. Learn more about James HERE.
"On 1 March 1879, a formal agreement was put in place to the effect that Murray was to edit a new English Dictionary [the OED]. It was expected to take ten years to complete and be some 7,000 pages long, in four volumes.
In fact, when the final results were published in 1928, it ran to twelve volumes, with 414,825 words defined and 1,827,306 citations employed to illustrate their meanings."
- a writer, editor, or compiler of a dictionary.