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From: "Arthur French" <>
Subject: Re: [DEV] Surname as a middle name
Date: Tue, 27 Apr 2010 11:20:26 +0100
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From: "Challice" <>
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Sent: Tuesday, April 27, 2010 10:59 AM
Subject: [DEV] Surname as a middle name

> The use of a surname as a middle name, at least in Devon in the 18th &
> 19th
> centuries seems to have been fairly common. I was able to confirm I had
> found the correct branch of my Challice family as my great grandfather's
> sister was Charlotte Wills Challice. It turned out she was named after her
> grandmother, Charlotte Wills Partridge, so I assumed the older Charlotte's
> mother had the maiden name Wills. Not so - she was Mary Ellis! Then I
> found
> Mary Ellis had been married before and her maiden name really was Wills!
> This use of maiden names as a middle name and the repeated use of the same
> forenames in a family seems to have been very common, and very helpful to
> us
> genealogists.
> Paul Challice
> Daventry UK
>> My GG Grandfather, George Wall Johns was born in Devonport (Stoke
>> Damerel)
>> in 1799 and I believe from the IGI his parents were Samuel Johns and
>> Elizabeth ?. This makes sense as he called his own child Samuel George.
>> I am trying to find out why George's middle name was Wall and expected
>> that his mother was a Wall. But I think she was a Rowe. So maybe it was
>> her mother or Samuel's mother or even further back who was a Wall. Does
>> anyone have access to information to find out if a Johns married a Wall
>> or
>> if a Rowe married a Wall during the 1700's? Or is there possibly another
>> explanation?

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