[APG Public List] 19th century middle initials and names

Rondina Muncy rondina.muncy at gmail.com
Thu Aug 27 15:55:13 MDT 2009

Carolyn & Jay,

My experience has been to *question* whether he had a middle name. When I
was a manuscript reader for EE, I had a little discussion with a special
someone about whether including something about this was worthy of being in
the book. Oh, yes indeedy! ESM taught me many, many things--some of which I
still remember. One of them is to *not* assume that this didn't occur with
some frequency in other times, as well as our own.

One of the tools that I have used during the past few months to track a
family is to do due diligence to the supposed middle names of the subject's
children. These unproven middle names match perfectly with the children's
middle initials that were consistently used on documents. I always search
for those other names, especially in this particular case because they do
refer to allied or collateral families.

This is both sides of the coin.

Rondina P. Muncy
Ancestral Analysis
2960 Trail Lake Drive
Grapevine, Texas 76051
rondina.muncy at gmail.com

On Thu, Aug 27, 2009 at 12:09 PM, Carolyn Earle Billingsley <
cebillingsley at earthlink.net> wrote:

> Jay, in my experience, which is, of course, not all inclusive, my opinion
> is that he did, indeed, HAVE a middle name, which may even have been a
> female forebearer's surname.
> He may also have used the initial to differentiate himself from another
> person with his first name.
> But I do not think _all_ he had was an initial for a middle name, although
> he used it that way.
> I'd also like to know what his _first_ name was, as some given names are
> paired together--such as William Asbury, Martin Luther, George Washington,
> Finish Leech, Oliver Hazard Perry, Marcus Aurelius, etc. Regards, Carolyn
> Carolyn Earle Billingsley, Ph.D.
> Member APG, Lone Star Chapter
> www.cebillingsley.net
> jfonkert at aol.com wrote:
> Good morning to all.  I am working on a man who lived in Kentucky from
> about 1795-1825, probably born about 1777.  Throughout this Kentucky period,
> he was consistently known with the middle initial "C."   A full middle name
> is never spelled out.  Can anyone tell me, is it likely that "C." stood for
> a middle given name?  Or might it have just been an initial?
>   Jay Fonkert, CG
> <http://fourgenerationsgenealogy.blogspot.com/>
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