Perrin Family Genealogy Forum
Thanks for the clarification. Hepzibah was an extremely popular given name among my Wood and Burpee relations in the 18th century (incl., if I recall correctly, my gg grandfather Wood's connection with Pres. M. Fillmore (the President's grandmother being his cousin Hepzibah Wood Fillmore), but then the name fell out of fashion. Obviously in this case, the child was named for her grandmother... a nice gesture to tradition on the part of Nathan & Emily Perrin.
Nathan Perrin's given name, as you already appreciate, is from grandfather Nathan Draper, Revolutionary war veteran (Battle of Saratoga). From him, in my view, it can be traced back to Nathan / Nathaniel Aldis. That Gideon and Abigail (Aldis) Draper named sons both Nathan and Nathaniel indicates (to me at least) that they wanted to honor BOTH ancestors Nathaniel Whiting and Nathan (Nathaniel) Aldis.
As with you, my VanZant connection is from a completely different side of the family ... my mother's side. I got the first hint of this when I was about ten years old, as asked my mother what our ethnic background was. She said that she had always been told that it was "English, Irish, German, Dutch." However, it wasn't until many years later that I discovered exactly where the Dutch came in. I have a double dose of VanZant genes due to a cousin marriage in Ohio four generations back.
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