Friday, February 9, 2018

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks - Favorite Name

This post is part of Amy Johnson Crow's 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks for 2018. The prompt for the week of February 5, 2018, is Favorite Name.

One of my favorite names is that of my paternal second great grandmother, Catharine Sarah Melissa Tebeau. I’ve always thought it was a pretty name. My parents named my sister Melissa after her. (My first name, Catherine, is from my mom’s family.)

From Confederate Memoirs: Early Life and Family History, William Frederic Pendleton, Mary Lawson Young Pendleton. Edited by Constance Pendleton, 1958. Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania.

I haven’t found where the “Sarah” or “Melissa” in Catharine Tebeau's name might have come from. Possibly from her mother's, Hulda Lewis, side, as I've been able to match up most of Catharine's siblings' names with her father's siblings and parents (Although, some of these could also be from Hulda's family, and one of Catharine's brothers is named Lewis, obviously after Hulda's maiden name). Catharine's first name may be from her paternal grandmother, Catherine Treutlin. I’m not sure if I’m spelling either Catherine’s name correctly. I’ve seen them spelled both ways, Catharine and Catherine.

Participating in this year's 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks has helped me get reacquainted with my ancestors!

Do you have a favorite ancestor name?


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