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Re: Andrew Gibson, not John, husband to Mary - Caswell Co NC
Posted by: Sharon Tabor (ID *****4171) Date: September 14, 2012 at 04:42:21
In Reply to: Re: Andrew Gibson, not John, husband to Mary - Caswell Co NC by Catherine B. of 13730

My thoughts are that people put too much weight on naming patterns. The namning patterns are a general guideline, not a fact of practice.

I have an ancestor named Swepson Kirby - none of his descendants carry the name Swepson forward. I have an ancestor named Lewis Latane. None of his descendants carry the name Lewis. I have an ancestor named Garland Hester. None of his descendants carried that name.

Consider the nameing pattern and Achellis Hogg, nephew of your John Gibson. If the naming patterns were followed who in the family was named Achellis? No one. He is the first and last to carry that name.

I have the same situations with female names. If the naming patterns were a standard rule, then Neoma Gibson Hogg should have multiple granddaughter's named Neoma. She had none.

I could site more instances, but I think it sufficient to state that naming patterns are a useful tool for research, not definitive.

My thoughts :)


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