Yesterday was a WaHoo day! It doesn't take much to make me happy--- at least so it would seem. I was ecstatic to finally file the last to the reams of research that I had done tracking down all of the Jabez Burns McPhersons. The sons of James Peter and Mary Burns McPherson continued the naming pattern (at least to some semblance of pattern) set down by their parents. Sons William, James and Jabez each named their sons William, James and Jabez Burns --- well, that is not exactly so, as my great grandfather James Burns McPherson did not name any of his sons "William" or "Peter", but the "James", "Jabezes" made as much confusion as I could take. From that pesky McPherson side, there are only four with the name of Jabez Burns McPherson, but three of those were born within five years of one another. At one time three of the four lived in the Imperial Valley, within a 50 mile radius.
As the count goes, I have also identified five men with the name Jabez Burns, well six, maybe seven, if one counts the change from "Jabez Dawson Burns" to "Dawson Jabez Burns."
Out of ten or eleven Jabezes, eight were born from 1842 to 1878, then the name seemed to lose out in favor of more popular names. .Strangely, I have only found one Joseph Burns in this family group --- strange, because Joseph was the father of that first Jabez Burns.
Needless to say, my subscription to Ancestry.com was well used these past few weeks -- and will continue to be. Also, so grateful that the 1940 Census was online, even though I kept finding myself sidetracked on tangential trails.
As a follow-up and to fill in some wanted details, I requested the William Burns McPherson military records (those should prove interesting), death certificate for Clara McPherson Manly (what in the world was she doing in Seattle when she died), and as much as I can get from the little town of Bentley, Alberta, Canada(just because). I would love to have more Bentley information before I write about the next to the last Jabez in the series -- Jabez Burns McPherson, son of William B. McPherson, but I am ready to move on to my grandpa, Jabez Burns McPherson,.
For the omng week--- finish up this Jabez B, then on to my grandfather. Also have a Sharing Memories started, a piece due for crit group, and of course, the albatross of my life, Uncle Ralph's letters --- can't tell if it's a dead weight or a good luck in disguise. BTW temperatures on my hillside retreat are near or over 100 degrees, so long cool drinks in the shade seem to be in order for the next week or so. Enuff talking to myself, and back to work.