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Known By Two Names?

Has anyone's research been made even more difficult due to an ancestor possibly being known by two different FIRST names, and both names are NOT even "nickname affiliated" with the other, like Robert to Bob?

This might be the case in my Bobo line. I first learned the name of my great-great-great grandmother through my great-great grandfather's pension file. In a deposition, his wife, my gg-grandma Lue, identified her mother as Clarissa Bobo. I was able to find Clarissa in the 1870 and 1880 Panola County, MS Census under that name.

In 1880, living just several doors down from Clarissa was Eli Bobo. Not remembering Eli himself, an elderly relative has continuously claimed that Eli's children, whose names he recognized, were "very close kin" to his father, who is my gr-gr-grandma Lue's son. In fact, he said that Barham Bobo (Eli's son) was his father's first cousin he believed. In 1900, I even found Barham Bobo living just two doors down from Uncle Hezekiah Bobo, who was in fact Clarissa's son. Therefore, it appears that Eli Bobo was Clarissa's son.

But....Eli Bobo's death certificate reported that his mother was Martha Bobo. For Giles Bobo, who always appeared to live next door to Eli, his death certificate also reported that his mother's name was Martha Bobo. This has left me confused. Never actually found a Martha Bobo in the census.

The people in my Bobo family were notorious for naming their children after each other. But, I noticed that none of Clarissa's children gave the name "Clarissa" to any of their kids. But, most of Clarissa's children gave the name Martha, Mattie, or Pattie to one of their daughters. Even my gr-gr-grandma Lue (Clarissa's daughter) named one of her own daughters Martha. Hmmmm....... Unfortunately, I haven't been able to locate any death certificates for more of Clarissa's children to see what is reported as the mother's name.

Through my elderly cousin's recollection, I was able to locate two of Clarissa's sisters and at least two of her brothers, and their mother, my gggg-grandma, in the census. Finding them and the surnames that they took led me to believe that Clarissa and her mother and siblings had been previosuly enslaved by the family of the last enslaver's wife, Margaret Boyce Bobo. I was able to get a copy of Margaret's father's estate record - David Boyce, 1830, Union Co., SC. Low and behold, 30+ slaves were named in the inventory and Clarissa's mother and siblings' names were there. But no Clarissa, who would have been a little girl at the time. However, there was a "girl, Patsy" listed in the estate. The estate file didn't indicate which of David Boyce's children had inherited her. I can't seem to find anything else proving that "girl, Patsy", Clarissa Bobo, and Martha Bobo were one and the same person. Or maybe do you think I've actually proven that Clarissa was also called Martha or Patsy. Patsy is in fact another nickname for Martha, Mattie or Pattie.

No wonder I am losing my hair!! :)

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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