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Encyclopedia of Me

I have been thinking about participating in this meme at Bella Dia (ha-ha, me and meme) since first encountering it at Tookshire. It is based on Amy Rosenthal’s Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life. Endless posts of public records and old newspaper clippings will get pretty dull and it fits with my theme, family history and lifestory writing. It could be fun however, I make no promises regarding either posting on any kind of schedule or within any sort of guidelines. How’s that for commitment?

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My musings about names and naming traditions have me thinking about a little mystery. Among Bull researchers there has been some debate about Rebecca H. Bull’s middle name. Some think her middle name was Hogan, some think her middle name was Ho(l)mes. While writing my post of Oct 30 about names, it suddenly occurred to me that maybe they both belong to her. There is a “four name” tradition in my branch of the family. Maybe it originated in the earlier generations.

As a child, I knew my great-grandmother as Cora Campbell Jordan, married name Moody. Turns out, and I didn’t know this until a few years ago, she was born Cora Southey Jordan. There was much debate about this in the family which was settled by consulting a great aunt who explained it all. She was named Southey after the English poet. Later in life she adopted the name Campbell, her father’s name, to honor her father. I briefly debated what I would do with this information and decided to acknowledge all of her names. I now list her as Cora Southey Campbell Jordan Moody. To shorten it for convenience would be bureaucratic and would not honor the story of her life.

Some years ago I came across information about her father’s family that included many second middle names that I had never heard. I doubted the information at first. Then I tracked down the cemetery where many of that family are buried and found evidence that at least some had indeed had a second middle name. For instance, Aunt Ann was Margaret Ann Jordan. She was listed on someone else’s family group sheet as Margaret Ann Augustus Jordan. Her gravestone reads “M. A. A. Jordon” supporting the idea that her middle name was both Ann and Augustus.  This still leaves the question of why her married name, Splawn, was left off (maybe they just ran out of room?). She died young, at the age of 37, and most likely the persons responsible for placing the original stone were her parents.

I always say, if unanswered questions drive you crazy, be careful about wishing for answers. Every answer inevitably leads to more questions. However, I know the answer to one question. “What’s in a name?”…the story.

So how am I going to prove or disprove my theory that maybe Rebecca is Rebecca Hogan Ho(l)mes Bull Scarborough Meek(s)?

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Deeds

Moore, L. B. & Judah from Chas. Cottingham, 196 acres, 16 Jun 1852, Bk H, Pg 380
Moore, Larkin B. from A. C. McKean, 22 Dec 1855, Bk K, Pg 14
Moore, Larkin B. to Timothy McKean, 01 Dec 1855, 04 Jan 1856, Bk K, Pg 13

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Deaths

Mayes, Parolee Vzide, 31 Dec 1937, Roll 1870231, Bk 1, Pg 80

Deeds

Mayes, Larkin et ux to Maddox, Miss May, 09 Oct 1901, 28 Oct 1901, Bk 19, Pg 50
Mayes, Mamie B. Mrs. to Hitzfeld, Fritz, 30 Nov 1908, 16 Dec 1908, Bk 24, Pg 26
Mayes, John et ux to Felps, E. B., 10 Jun 1912, 02 Jul 1912, Bk 27, Pg 14
Mayes, John et ux to Stevenson, J. S. (QCD), 05 Apr 1913, 08 Apr 1913, Bk 28, Pg 266
Mayes, Larkin B. to C. C. (will), 20 Jun 1913, Bk 28, Pg 358
Mayes, Larkin B. to C. C. est. (order), 20 Jun 1913, Bk 28, Pg 360
Mayes, L. B. from Brown, R. L., 30 Jun 1899, 05 Jul 1899, Bk 16, Pg 624
Mayes, L. B. from Parrish & Potter, 30 Jun 1899, 05 July 1899, Bk 16, Pg 625
Mayes, L. B. from Brown, J. Gordon Atty. (release), 11 Aug 1899, 11 Jan 1907, Bk 22, Pg 460
Mayes, John from Stephenson, J. L. et ux, 27 May 1895, 29 May 1909, Bk 24, Pg 254
Mayes, John from Williamson, W. T. et ux, 21 Apr 1883, 14 May 1883, Bk 5, Pg 587

Marriages

Klett, E. M. – Mayes, Tennice, 07 Jan 1891, Roll 979780, Bk A, Pg 255
Koeniger, Lambert – Mayes, Edna, 20 Dec 1903, Roll 979781, Bk 2, Pg 213
Mayes, A. J. – Bushnell, Ida, 10 Nov 1938, Roll 1870037, Bk 5, Pg 1
Mayes, Ida – Gann, J. H., 13 Nov 1947, Roll 1870037, Bk 5, Pg 238

Probate

Koeniger, Lambert, Case 313, Roll 1870231, Vol E, Pg 112
Mayes, Larkin, Case 270, Roll 1870231, Vol D, Pg 489

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Deeds

Mayes, John from Oldham, W. S., 20 Sep 1859, Bk D, Pg 79
Mays, John to Mays, Elizabeth J., 07 Jun 1871, Bk G, Pg 195

Marriages

Reel 956633
Butler, B. J. & Annie Walker, 14 Dec 1871, Bk B, Pg 69
Butler, Joseph A. & Eliza Ann Hamilton, 22 Nov 1877, Bk C, Pg 170
Butler, Mary Z. & Edward Russell, 25 Feb 1872 ?
Butler, Sarah & John C. Johnson, 03 Nov 1853, Bk A, Pg 18
Mayes, Lafayette & Maria Jones, 31 Sep 1871, Bk B, Pg 54
Mayes, (W.?) Robert & Lucricia Colbath, 17 Jul 1856, Bk A, Pg 48
Mayes, (W.?) Robert & Margaret Jane Casey, 11 May 1856, Bk A, Pg 38
Mayes, W. & F. Moore, 29 Nov 1855, Bk A, Pg 28
Mays, Emma & Peter Lamedas, 24 May 1868, Bk A, Pg 245
Mays, John & Elizabeth J. McGuire, 24 Feb 1870, Bk B, Pg 298
Mays, Julia & John C. Speed, 19 Dec 1887 ?
Mays, Margaret S. & Benjamin H. Kegins, 18 Mar 1858, Bk A, Pg 60
Mays, Marinda & J. L. Judd, 04 Oct 1863, Bk A, Pg 111
Mays, Mary V. & Charles W. Cox, 02 Sep 1866, Bk A, Pg 194
Mays, Nannie & Eli Hill, 08 Oct 1873, Bk B, Pg 150
Mays, Phillis & Hosea Rogue, 17 Aug 1870, Bk B, Pg 9
Mays, T. B. & I. J. Wimberley, 16 Jan 1878, Bk C, Pg 187
Mays, William A. & Caty Lee Cruis, 22 Feb 1868, Bk A, Pg 233
Mays, Winnie L. & Orin Baker, 23 Jan 1861, Bk A, Pg 91
Meeks, C. A. & James Jefferson Cook, 18 Dec 1882, Bk D, Pg 143
Meeks, S. D. & Dollie Shropshire, 07 Sep 1886 ?

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Marriages

Mayes, J. M. & Mary Ditt, 01 Nov 1866, Bk 1, Pg 276
Mayes, John & Parolee Moore, 03 Jan 1866, Bk 2, Pg 209
Mayes, William A. & Fanny Harrison, 09 May 1865, Bk 2, Pg 179
Mays, Daniel & Lorra Shepherd, 07 Jan 1869, Bk 2, Pg 489
Mays, Hollen & Rachael Baker, 25 May 1859, Bk 2, Pg 51
Mays, J. C. & Lina Wright, 24 Nov 1881, Bk 5, Pg 450
Mays, Lorenzo N. & Joanna Shepherd, 03 Feb 1859, Bk 2, Pg 41
Mays, Matthew J. & Margaret Jane Malone, 26 Aug 1858, Bk 2, Pg 30

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Marriages

Bull, W. T. – Nason, Miss Mattie J., 1 Dec 1885, Bk D2, Pg 459
Hampton, W. R. – Bull, Miss Sallie, 18 Jan 1886, Bk D2, Pg 448

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