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500 Names Plus: Jim makes some delightful additions

Comments inspired by reading CM article 41979 Reading 500 words as poetry a wonderful experience Essay by Jon Halsey

By "Jim

In the course of past investigations into the realm of the dearly departed, a number of unusual names encountered have stuck in the dusty remnants of my mind. One gentleman, the ancestor of a dear friend, was given the cognomen Pleasant Green Meadors, while the married name of an ancestress was Obedience Hurt.

A number of interesting names appeared in the 1860 Russell County census, my favorites including Spicy Glover; siblings Niagary (surname forgotten) and her sister Lake Erie; and the Barger brothers, Cortez and Desoto. Another name that I've puzzled over considerably is that of a (then) five-year-old female, Freelove J. Wolf. Thankfully, it wasn't common practice in that era for females to hyphenate their surnames upon taking a spouse, otherwise her married name would have been Freelove J. Wolf-Mann. (I couldn't make this up. Really.)

In Adair County, there was Quintillion Montgomery, and goodness only knows how many 19th century males were named after Dr. Hector Owens and jurist George Alfred Caldwell. Of the latter group, the lucky ones got just the double name George Alfred but any number of unfortunates were given the full three names to lug around for a lifetime.

Then too, there are the almost-alike surnames of Adair County (especially if scribbled by an overworked and underpaid clerk whose mind body occupied separate galaxies) such as Pelly, Petty, Polley and Jones, Janes, James. -"Jim."

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