In message <220.127.116.11.20010227234837.007c2a00(a)pop3.escape.ca>, SCJ
Bethune <sbethune(a)escape.ca> writes
My gggrandfather was given the two forenames of Fulford Bastard. He
7th of 9 very legitimate children. His father was in the British Army
posted in Plymouth in 1799. Young Fulford was given his middle name because
the riots in Plymouth were quelled in a timely fashion by one John
Pollexfen Bastard. Papa James obviously approved as did Fulford himself.
Fulford's very Victorian grandson didn't so we weren't told his middle name
or the story that went with it. Nor have any of Fulford B.'s myriad of
descendants been endowed with it!
Perhaps all those who delight in recounting their descent from William
the Conqueror should recall that his alternative name was William the
Bastard for the simple reason that his parents were not married.
Finding the origin of middle names can be problematic. One of my 2 * gt
grandfathers was Henry Annesley Justice.I looked for a long time in vain
for an Annesley marriage in his forebears until my cousin found a
manuscript in his attic and made me a copy. In it Henry's parents, who
lived in India and moved about a lot, wrote down the names of all their
children together with their dates and places of birth and baptism. The
baptism details included the names of their godparents and the mystery
Annesley connection was found.
The moral seems to be to make sure all your relatives know of your
family history research and that you position yourself to be the first
port of call should they find anything or seek a good home for it.
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