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Re: Thoughts - Inititials versus given name

Hello Vicky,

Thanks for the read, it was interesting. It reminded me of my great grandfather for whom I am named. His birth name was Stonewall Jackson Kent. I have found slave documents where he was called Jackson as well as Stonewall in the same document. In his marriage record he is called Estie Kent. I was confused about that for awhile. In the 1900 census, he is listed as Stonewall. In the 1910 and 1920 census, he listed as Tony. Tony was apparently a nickname that stuck. My mother named me after him. She did not know his birth name was Stonewall. She was surprised to know that. I often wonder if he stopped using Stonewall Jackson because of the confederate general Stonewall Jackson. And to top it off, he was a preacher. After visiting his grave some years ago, I realized why it says Estie on the marriage record. Because on the his tombstone it say Rev. S. T. Kent.

So, when he was married, he probably told the recorder at the courthouse that his name was S.T. Kent. However, the recorder wrote Estie for some reason. I don't know if the ST stands for Stonewall Tony or for the first two letters of Stonewall. However, I do believe its gonna be for the first two letters of Stonewall because Stonewall's son, Thurston Kent (my grandfather) was also a preacher, called himself Rev. T.H. Kent from the first two letters of Thurston.

Thanks again,


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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