Sunday, August 5, 2012

Sunday Synopsis: 2012 Aug 5th

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.

10 comments:

  1. That naming pattern can indeed be a source of grief. Though not thanks to the Scottish, I've gone through the same routine with my Tully line, all of whom wanted to name their daughters after dear old mom Margaret.

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    1. Jacqui, Indeed those Margaret's can be as pesky as any name, and in the form of Maggie, Margie, Marjy, and other permutations. But I rather miss that old form, but with smaller families nowadays, we would be awash in James, Williams, Marageret and Elizabeth. Thanks for reading and nice to hear from you.

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  2. What a busy week you had. I find myself slightly jealous of the filing duty completed.

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  3. Self preservation, my friend, self preservation. I was getting a bit crazy with the stacks of paper, pictures, and worst of all scraps of paper. Yuck, but thanks for reading and keeping me on track.

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  4. Ohhh the name repetition. I do volunteer lineage work for the DAR and had one lady that had six or seven generations of men with the exact same name in her line (including the Patriot) - all in the same county. I couldn't work it out and finally told her, and she said, oh yes, I have two cousins by that name too! It was an unusual name but there were dozens of them (felt like thousands to me). It sounds like you are making good progress though - keep it up!

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    1. Jessica, thanks for reading and commenting. Those ole name repetitions are a pain in the neck, but I do so like the continuity of family that those oft repeated names brought. And Yikes, seven generations is squeamish, my four generations of Jabezes was quite enough.

      BTW, perused your blog after reading your COG entry. Nice work, looking forward to seeing more.

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  5. Until I read your blog I'd never heard of the name Jabez, so I was curious about whether it was once more popular than it is today. I decided to "google" it and learned that it is a Biblical name--though according to the "Think Baby Names" website it has never been one of the top 1,000 names in the US.

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    1. So far as I know, only my Burns-McPherson family made it a family name --- at least for 4 generations --- and even in the 4th generation, it was usually "watered down" from Jabez Dawson --- to Dawson Jabez. Thanks for wading through all of these Jabezes with me --- only 2, well sorta 3, more to go. Thanks

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  6. Another project taken care of, Joan. Well done! It does feel good when that happens. I'm not sure I've got those Jabez's unravelled in my head, through no fault of yours I assure you.

    Your current weather sounds most unpleasant..hot and dry.

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  7. Thanks, Pauleen --- filing a project, or even a part, gives me a clean desk (sort of) as well as an end point -- and usually a starting point for a new project. As far as those Jabezes go, on any given day, they can shift and meld for me---arghhhh.

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