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Re: Possible name changed?
In Response To: Possible name changed? ()
I ran into across a similar situation. My maternal Gilmore (John and Alice Gilmore) line. I knew the county--Dale County, Alabama, so I searched and searched for the Gilmore surname--no luck, (1870 and 1880 census). I then searched the census line by line and found the surname White with the first names of my family, (John and Alice White along with their children). I had to verify this information with my mom and uncles and they told me that the surname White was used by the Gilmore family, however no one knew any other details. (Another example of "why didn't you tell me that?...You didn't ask)
I discovered that my direct ancestor John (White) Gilmore was allowed to stay with his acknowledged wife Alice Crittenden. The Crittenden's moved their family and slaves to Dale County, Alabama.
To add to the confusion, I later discovered that John White was previously owned by Joseph Maloy White (and extended White family) while living in Georgia. Joseph M. White migrated to Claiborne Parish, Louisiana during the 1850's along with his family and slaves to include several of John's immediate family.
Similar to your situation, the first names and ages in my family matched with the surname White, in addition to my family verifying the use of the surname White. Also, there were first names used in several generations to help me sort through the information. An example was the name Eugenus Gilmore used in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Now the name Eugene or Gene Gilmore is used. It is a nice way to determine if someone with the surname Gilmore is related--the use of names. (Russell, Steven, and John are other first names repeated in the Gilmore family).