Sunday, November 02, 2008

Ancestral Names

This afternoon I am relaxing by digging through my tangled web of deceased ancestors. It is fitting for the feast of All Souls, no? I have just discovered that two of my more newly discovered lines, the Sheldons and the Harmons, seem to have intermarried throughout several generations not only to each other but into other ancestral lines of mine like the Resseguies and the Footes.

It is very interesting to see some of the given names in the 17th and 18th centuries. In the later days, you find names like Wealthy, and there are lots of Tryphenas and Tryphosas. But in the earlier days you find names like Thankful, Silence and Mindwell.

Genealogy gives an interesting glimpse into a completely different world which was once right here.

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