I have a question to ask you:

If in your ancestor’s belongings, there are small books that belonged to his mother and, in those books are written her name, including her middle name, would you consider that a primary source that would be acceptable for, say, a DAR application or would you think “What a great find! But I’m not 100% sure that this lady actually wrote her full given name. It’s still cool that they survived.” (Remember as a youngster writing your name in different ways over and over? Your given name expanded or your nickname, maybe with the surname of a boy you liked?)

Anyway, in this book, given to my ancestor in the late 1820s, she actually had written that it was given to her on such and such date and then signed her given name and what was her maiden name.  On the next page is what appears to be her given name plus a middle name. This is the only place that I’ve ever seen mention of a middle name.  When her father recorded her birth, he only used her given name. When she signed an affidavit on her husband’s pension papers, she used her given name and married name. I’ve never seen a middle name or even a middle initial with her name except for in this little book.  To me, I believe it is her middle name. Now, how do I prove that to the DAR?? Prove that she herself had written that and knew that that was her middle name? And not one of her children or grandchildren (there are kid-like markings in the front of the book)? I was advised to use her middle name on my DAR application as it is one more piece of info about the family. However, I have misgivings about that. I can’t prove it unfortunately. I used only her given name, maiden name, and married name.

What do you think??

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In the first picture, she gives the details of when she received the book, using her maiden name. Her name at the bottom of the page is her married name; she was married in 1832. And, the initials…is there anything between the N and the P??

In the second picture, which is the next page in the book, at the top on the left you see “Nancy Ann.” On the top on the right, you see some doodles.

ETA:  On the first picture, you might notice some white lines going through her writing; they are stitches, holding that page and the page with the picture and “Nancy Ann” together.


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