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AfriGeneas Genealogy and History Forum Archive 2

Naming Patterns???

(By the way, I wasn't the person who posted the message entitled Genealogy Preditor by a "MeLC")

Now that I got that out the way....

Has anyone found a case where two or three families with the same surname, who lived in the same area, and who gave some of their kids some of the same first names, were NOT blood related?? We often hear that similar naming patterns are an indication of kinship.

My great-great-grandmother, Lucy Milam Davis, was the daughter of Peggy Milam. In 1870, Peggy Milam is next door to Lucy and her family, and next door to them is a man named Spence Milam, age 29, and his wife. Ironically, Spence Milam and his wife, Huldah Davis, married on the same day in 1866 as Lucy Milam and her husband, Hector Davis. Huldah was Hector's sister. Initially, I thought that a brother and sister (Spence and Lucy) married a brother and sister (Hector & Huldah).

Anyway, in Spence Milam's household in 1870 are two teenagers, Rebecca Milam (age 17), and Vina aka Louvenia Milam (age 15). Louvenia soon marries and has about 7 kids by 1900. Two of Louvenia's kids are living with Spence Milam in 1900 and were reported as being his niece and nephew. So, this really helped to identify that Spence and Vina/Louvenia were sister and brother.

Spence's first wife died by 1880 and he soon remarried and had a bunch of kids. Some of the names they gave to their children are the some of the same names that Louvenia gave to her children. Since they are confirmed siblings, this is understandable. BUT, some of Peggy's other children gave their children some of the same names! The name, Flavious, is one that sticks out the most. Even Peggy's daughter, Alice Milam, named a daughter Louvenia. Both Alice and Louvenia named one of their sons, Dennis. So, automatically it appears that Spencer and Louvenia were Peggy's children too. Right?

Some of Spence's descendants remained in the area. Some of my elderly relatives remember a couple of them. BUT..they claim that they are NOT related. They always say something like, "they are a different set of Milams." I can't see how since they all named their children after each other? I have not been able to locate a death certificate for Louvenia to verify if Peggy was her mother. On Spence's death certificate, the parents' names were unknown. My relatives remember hearing the name "Spence Milam" when they were young, but they don't know if he was Grandma Lucy's brother (a son of Peggy)
or not. But, they are claiming his descendants are a "different set". This is confusing. By the way, Peggy had also a son named Hence.
Go figure!

Melvin


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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