Monday, December 12, 2011

My Head Hurts from Keeping Them All Straight!

I realize that reusing a name, and passing a family name on to the first child is a long honored tradition.  I have all the Brown family "duplicates" straight in my mind and records. Frederick, Ellen, Sarah, Owen, Mary - just some of the names that are seen in each generation, and sometimes in the same generation as one child dies, and another is named the same name.

But on Sunday I actually had to close my books and genealogy program to take a break because I was having trouble following all of these --

Brewster Higley  married Esther Holcombe --  They had a son
 Brewster Higley II  who married Esther Holcomb -- They had a son
  Brewster Higley III who married Esther Owen -- They had a son
    Brewster Higley IV who married Naomi! 

And if that is not enough Brewsters and Esthers for you, 3 of Brewster's siblings named children Brewster and Esther, and Esther Owen's mother was also named Esther!

Family gatherings must have been confusing:

Hey Brewster, would you please get me a cider? No not you dad, no not you son, I was talking to my nephew. Which nephew - that one there standing near the cider crock.
 Who made the mincemeat pie? Esther did? Which Esther? Esther Higley?  But which one???

Okay so I am making a joke at the expense of my ancestors, but it is really confusing to keep them all straight. I had to undo and redo 3 hours work the other day because I was on the wrong Brewster/Esther combo when I started to enter children.


Hope you can keep all of your ancestors straight!

3 comments:

Jim S said...

Happy Blogiversary

Regards, Jim m(Hidden Genealogy Nuggets)

Denise Spurlock said...

Oh, I feel your pain. The family names I am struggling with right now are Henry, Shepherd and Abijah (the Gandy family of Ohio).

Sierra said...

It was probably just as hard for your ancestors to keep themselves straight. My husband, his father, and grandfather all share the name John. They are married to Shirley, Sheri, and Sierra.

All six of us went on a cruise together. Everything was mixed up on every part of the vacation (luggage, shore excursions, dinner requests, etc). I think that cruise line was more than happy to see us disembark at the end of the trip.