Several fine people have sent me messages asking my view on such things as "name-ing patterns", as re: genealogy. All I can say is, I'v "seen" them used, and not used, and when used, there were usually exceptions to the rule. Problem is, many persons try to combine a once used possible example, or a hardly ever used example, into a family surname line, in order to "prove" their theory about one person; - - - and never even bother to place a "?"!!. In my own line, John Winton Sr (ca1710 - 1766 Pa) and wife Mary (unknown/unrecorded) Winton (ca1714 - 1775 Pa), we have guesses only of Mary's maiden name. It could have been McCoy?, or McClelland?, or Smith?, or Brown?, or what-have-you? It has never been found to have been recorded in America/US. Proved children were William Winton Sr, Rhoda Winton, and a "probable" George Winton?; which also would leave open "possible/probable" other children, died infant/young. One of these sub lines, that of William Winton Sr is another mystery, and another one with the females involved. In this case, neither the given name or the maiden name is known, nor ever recorded!!!!. A given name to his second child/son, McClellan/d Winton, "hints" as to her "possible" surname?, or to someone of her or Johns kin?, or just a good friend?. Years later, a person with several pieces of miss-information, guessed the given name to be "Betsey", and "blamed" it on "name-ing patterns". After "running" all of the possible name-ing patterns, all lines and sub-lines, it turned out that "Betsey" would be one of the last possible names used! We have no documentation/proof of when, or where, this fine lady died, or if she was indeed the mother of all of the known children?, - - but she is indicated as such, and would have lived untill at least 1782, when they moved down into Virginia. This was the year that George Winton was born. Her husband, William Winton Sr would live to make the move from Virginia to western North Carolina (part to become Tenn 1796), but we have no proof of his death date or place.
"Name-ing Patterns", when used, and without too many "exceptions", always "helped" the men much more than the poor ladies.
George Winton, though some 14 years younger than my 3rd Great Grandfather (William Winton Jr) must have been "special", because William Winton Jr and wife Catherine (Denton) Winton named their only son Jacob George Winton (my 2nd Grt Grndftr); Jacob for Catherine's father Jacob Denton, and George for George Winton. William Winton Jr family, and George Winton (newly married), would move to newly formed Rhea Co Tenn together, 1807.
To me, "name-ing pattern" searches can sometimes help, sometimes hinder, but at least they "broaden" the scope of ones research. Suggest that one check and recheck any such use when they are attempting to close gaps, or areas, just to "make it fit"!.
Take care. Regards, Dick
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