I just gets worse... Nancy Wall was just that: Nancy Wall. The
"Love" comes in because some early researchers thought her last name
was "Love". For a number of years people tried to resolve the issue
by listing her as Nancy Love/Wall (meaning they didn't know which was
her last name). And now someone has removed the "/" to make her Nancy
Love Wall. (Lord, save me from Internet genealogists!)
And now I also see the same thing has been done with Matthew. In the
past some people had speculated that his middle initial, which they
read as a "P", stood for Patten/Patton (I have no idea where that
comes from). As I tried to explain yesterday, other folks who read
the middle initial as "P" tried to extrapolate it as "Poythress,"
despite the fact that the Poythress alliance didn't come about until
after Mathew was born. I do not think there's a single extant record
where his middle name is spelled out, so there is no way anyone can
know what that middle initial stood for, whether it's read as a "D" or
a "P". But one thing I can tell you with absolute certainty: he WAS
NOT Mathew PATTEN POYTHRESS Covington!!!
All of this, of course, is caused by people who do no research of real
records. This is the result of database filler-in'ners, who have no
idea of the accuracy of their data, and who resolve conflicts by
adding them together. A very sad state of genealogy...
----- Original Message -----
From: Judy A Scruggs
To: Poythress list
Sent: Sunday, January 18, 2004 7:09 PM
I just found more.
Matthew Poythress Covington's father was John Covington b. 1734 at
Queen Annes Co. Md. Died 1809 at Rockingham, N.C. at age 75. Married
1st Oct.8, 1758 to Hannah Dockery. Married 2nd to Nancy Love Wall.
Hannah was Matthew's Mother. Matthew's full name. Matthew Patten
Poythress Covington. He had a son Daniel Asbury Boone Covington who
was married to Mary Elizabeth Horton. They had a daughter Julia Ann
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