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Spewing out too many words since November 2003
fernwithy
fernwithy
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I was just going through some family trees my mother did, and discovered that I have an ancestress in the 1700s (her dates aren't given, but her husband was born around 1742) with the unlikely, nearly Rowlingesque, name of "Vashti Dumpleton."

I like it.
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hamsterwoman From: hamsterwoman Date: May 17th, 2006 04:00 am (UTC) (Link)
Your ancestress was named after the wife of King Ahasuerus? Wow! Regardless, it's an awesome name combination! :)

And I think it's incredibly cool that you have family trees going that far back.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: May 17th, 2006 04:06 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, we've got them further, but I never really looked at the Smith line before.

Your ancestress was named after the wife of King Ahasuerus?

Oh, they were Puritans. They probably mined the Bible for every name in it!

:loves on Puritans, because they don't get enough love:
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: May 17th, 2006 04:08 am (UTC) (Link)
(The trees are a family hobby. It's like stamp collecting, but cheaper. Though we do that, too. Still looking for the proverbial horse thief, but good stories in the meantime!)
From: arclevel Date: May 17th, 2006 04:18 am (UTC) (Link)
An ancestor of mine created a (patrilinear) genealogy dating back to 1632; it was easy enough for my grandmother to fill in the lsat few generations. It's really incredibly neat, but I really don't know how to fill it in in any other direction. I did try to go further on that line on a couple websites a few years ago, but mostly it seemed that information on the particular line just stopped at that exact point. The other people descended from that person had put a lot of effort into looking, but the best they could come up with was that he'd probably come over from England in about 1630. We have another line that's mostly just names to the late 17th century, and then we seem to get stuck after about four generations in each direction. No horse traders for us, so far, either. :-( (A few war veterans, a blind poet, a university president, someone who was indirectly related to Miles Standish, and someone who was run down by a cart, though.) Yeah, genealogies are definitely fun, even for someone who isn't terribly interested in "where I came from". It's more a history buff thing.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: May 17th, 2006 04:25 am (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, I had one line of the family that was in Schenectady when it burned down and in Johnstown before the flood... records tend to be missing there! There are also a few whose records list "unknown" parents. Either we picked up a few foundlings--which is possible, given my family--or we have some ancestors they preferred not to officially list.

My most fun moment was finally stumbling across my grandmother's grandfather's family in the old city directories, and ending up finding a whole branch we'd lost entirely, because my great-great-grandfather's mother had died when he was a small child and he knew nothing about her... but it turned out that her family had kept a lot of records, and someone had done a family history tracing back hundreds of years before they came over.

I did find a pair of ancestors who were strict enough Puritans to be married by Cotton Mather, which is sort of like finding a horse thief. We also found someone who tried to privatize a road that ran through his property and charged tolls. He didn't get away with it for very long.
From: arclevel Date: May 17th, 2006 12:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
I did find a pair of ancestors who were strict enough Puritans to be married by Cotton Mather, which is sort of like finding a horse thief.

:-D Hehe! Unfortunately, even our more detailed genealogies tend to be more about the names and numbers, and they only have a few details, when they've got any at all.

someone had done a family history tracing back hundreds of years before they came over.
That's really cool. I know the names of a couple of the immigrants, and maybe what town they came from, but absolutely nothing before that.
hamsterwoman From: hamsterwoman Date: May 17th, 2006 04:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm quite jealous! I don't think anyone in our family made a significant attempt to research family trees beyond my great-greatparents' generation -- but that would probably not turn up anything anyway -- from what I've heard from the older family members is that all records prior to that were lost in the October Revolution/Civil War...
ashavah From: ashavah Date: May 17th, 2006 12:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
I have Puritan ancestors who did the same thing. Actually, they did that for the men. The women they named after virtues. Like Fear. (Yes, I have an ancestor called Fear.)
bribitribbit From: bribitribbit Date: May 17th, 2006 04:03 am (UTC) (Link)
*giggles* That is an awesome name.
singingtopsy From: singingtopsy Date: May 17th, 2006 05:21 am (UTC) (Link)
When you wrote "ancestress" I saw "actress" and thought, Rowling? Dude, think Bronte! Though I would assume your puritan ancestress would turn in her grave if she knew that the showy, Continental actress from Villette shared her name :). Though biblically Vashti was never a great example of humble womanhood to begin with, but she did have spunk.

I have an ancestor who fought at Lexington and Concord named Seth Puffer. I always thought the surname was particularly funny for some reason. Even funnier is that my great-great-grandmother had to settle for dear old Puffer for her admission to the DAR since she couldn't prove she was descended from Ethan Allen.
sonetka From: sonetka Date: May 17th, 2006 06:18 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, that's a wonderful name! I have a sneaking fondness for the Puritans just for their nomenclature - talk about thinking outside the box :).

For some reason, I picture Vashti Dumpleton as a Hufflepuff - probably from the "Dumple" part, which makes me think of dumplings, which makes me think of domesticity and solidness, which makes me think of, well, Hufflepuff. (This is a good thing, BTW - I'm not one of the Hufflepuff scorners. In fact, something tells me that they are by far the easiest House to get along with).
sophonax From: sophonax Date: May 17th, 2006 10:59 am (UTC) (Link)
Vashti's one of my favorite Biblical names.
cheshyre From: cheshyre Date: May 17th, 2006 11:10 am (UTC) (Link)
What an awesome name!
akashasheiress From: akashasheiress Date: May 17th, 2006 01:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
What a great name! The regal, formidable Vashti combined with the cute Dumpleton.:D
akashasheiress From: akashasheiress Date: May 17th, 2006 01:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
That was an awkward sentence...
From: walkerhound Date: May 18th, 2006 03:51 am (UTC) (Link)
had a grate, grate, +- one more grandfather (or uncle depending on how you looked at it...it's kind of a long story)named Poachantes (john smiths *young* bride can’t get the spelling) . he was also married to a woman who's sister was named pochantes.

when my mom was younger she did a lot of stuff with the family tree, but she an't been able to keep it up for the last few years. my dad's family goes back to right around the revolution the cool part is that we have always lived in the same general part of VA, and one of mom's ancestors was on one of the arctic expeditions to reach the pole.
beceh From: beceh Date: May 18th, 2006 08:00 am (UTC) (Link)
Haha that's awesome
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