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Relatively Speaking: Names Tell The Story

Relatively Speaking is a throwback to another time in the world of genealogy. These are anecdotal stories to inspire those who search for their ancestors. Although, many of these stories are from before the world of computers and certainly the age of the internet, I believe that all of us have benefited from serendipity in our research.

Names Tell The Story

Are you sometimes astonished by the names your ancestors gave their children? Or, were my husband?›ƒ?ªƒ?›s and my ancestors unique? Some of the names on our family trees read like this:

We have the geographic names: May Alabama Williams, born, of course, in Alabama; Missouri Ann Pate, but also born in Alabama; and Austin Texas Jordan (honest) born in Arkansas.

Then there are the military titles used as given names; General Irvin Williams and his brother Colonel Moses Williams.

There are the multiple names, not too unusual, just long; Sarah Ann Barbara Wharton; Harvey Reddick Milton Spivey; and William James Rittenhouse Spivey.

A bit whimsical are Elisha Valentine Brazell along with Sampson Walker and his sons Napoleon Buchanon and Samuel Organ.

But for sheer dedication to a cause, this name given to my little second cousin twice removed would be hard to top. Born in 1861 she was named Liberty Carolina Secession Wharton.

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