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I'm looking for any information on my 4th great-grandmother, Salina Poythress, b. 1772 and died 1845 in Macon,Ga. She married a Hall, probably in Va. or N.C.. Her only surviving daughter was Susan Poythress Hall, b. 1792 in N.C. or Va. who married John Howard of Onslow, N.C. abt. 1812/13 in N.C.. This family is buried in Rose Hill Cemetery in Macon, Ga. I would appreciate hearing from anyone with any information on the ancestry of this family.
Google the Google books section for "Colonial Churches in the Original Colony of
It's the complete 317 page text (with illustrations, some of which we already have)
of a 1908 publication by Southern Churchman Company, Richmond. Table of
contents makes it fairly easy to find the parishes in which we are interested.
There is a freebie website called Surnamesdb that supposedly you give your surname to and
they send you the origin of your surname along with a reference to every document in which
has appeared (they don't specify the time frame but I doubt if they mean forever).
I gave 'em ours and got a notice they they had not yet started studying Poythress but
get in touch with me as soon as they did.
Then, the next day I get the below "season's greetings" and other whimsy. Go figure. <g>
A seasons greetings to all onamasticians
Years ago when the earth was still round, Christmas was Christmas, Christian names were
Christian names, surnames were surnames, and the only seriously odd people about were the
Hungarians, who put their surnames before their Christian names - and still do. Most of
the rest of the world got by quite happily with 'given names' usually of religious origins
and by knowing who their father was, who their grandfather was, their great grand father,
and their great great grandfather, the tribe of whom they were all members, and the all
embracing religion which is or was their life support system. Nothing much else mattered,
that is until the computer driven global economy became just that - global. Now the lines
of escape are blurred, everybody now either has or will have - a surname. They may call it
something else, but in essence their last name is their surname - except in Hungary of
This leads me to Onamastics or the study of the meaning of all names. This is a word I
first heard it twenty years or more ago and immediately reminded me of gymnastics, a
convoluting series of exercises equally applicable to surnames. However 'Onamastics' as a
word has never caught on, not even in a household like ours where 'names' are discussed on
a fairly regular basis, so I took time out to look it up. Well nothing has changed, it
still means 'the study of the meaning of names' although this study can perhaps be applied
to all words. As Michael Caine might say 'Not a lot of people know that' but what is
important is that you dear reader, is now included in this small group, who now know
something the rest don't. Is it important? Only that it gives a description to what we do
and to what is done in the name of a 'name' so to speak. And 'Yes' perhaps it is important
given that six billion people now inhabit the earth, and if they are all to join in they
need 'surnames', and perhaps then Onamastics will become a household word, but somehow I
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Meanwhile back to Christmas, a season of great joy. Originally a pagan holiday which was
sort of 'taken over' by Christianity, mixed up with a king called Klaus, confused with
snow, reindeer etc, further confused with a baby in a stable, wise men, and a load of
gold, incense and murr? By the way what happened to all that heavy stuff? Did Jacob gamble
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