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From: "Brenda Messer" <>
Subject: Re: Name Changes
Date: Wed, 10 May 2006 08:34:40 -0400
I am fixing a report for you which might give you some answers on you
elusive family. It will take me the better part of the day to put the data
into the file.
Messer / Parton Family Historian
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Sent: Tuesday, May 09, 2006 5:57 AM
Subject: Name Changes
> Thank you for all of your hard work and the help that you give people
> when they contact you directly. I hope that you will soon be feeling
> better and
> that the new computer will be up a running correctly. I hope that you
> mind, but I wanted to add a little to the way that names get changed. My
> husband's grandparents (Georgia) had always spelled their name "Chasteen"
> the early 1910's when the first born went to school. He told his teacher
> his name was, and she told him that was not the correct way to spell
> "Chasteen," it should be "Chastain." Hence, from then on, the family
> used "Chastain"
> instead of "Chasteen."
> When my Uncle started to school in Knox County or Sevier County, he
> his teacher that his name was "Bobby Parton." She asked what his middle
> was, and he told her that he did not have one. She said "nonsense,
> has a middle name" and wrote down Robert L. Parton. My uncle told me that
> from then on he used this as his "proper" name.
> When I first began my research on the Vanderpool's I discovered that
> Vanderpool in Sevier County was listed as "Wanderpool" in the published
> index for
> Sevier County, 1870.
> I guess that this is what the person doing the index saw on the microfilm.
> One other story about name changes that I just discovered yesterday
> may help me in my research for a Vanderpool that married a Clinton in
> County. According to my uncle, a Laurascheel or Lautachell Vanderpool
> Martion Clinton. I have searched high and low for a Vanderpool with
> of these names--to no avail. My Mother's name was Mellie Lucille Parton,
> or so
> I thought until yesterday. I was talking with my cousin who has the
> of all of my Grandmother's things and she noticed that her daughter had
> misspelled my Mother's name under a picture in an album. I asked her to
> spell the
> name for me and it was "Lucielle." I do remember as a small girl, my
> complaining about how no one ever spelled her name "correctly." I called
> cousin's daughter to see if she remembered where she got the name, and she
> that it had to be on the back of one of the pictures that she had used in
> album, or what her grandmother (my Mother's sister) had told her. I hope
> this name goes along with the naming pattern of offsprings that someone
> recently posted about the Vanderpool's. It certainly goes along with the
> the Willie Huff made about where Marion and "Lou" Clinton are buried in
> book "In the Shadow of the Smokies." I guess that over time, my Mother
> gave up and started using Lucille instead of "Lucielle." When she went
> apply for a delayed birth certificate in the 1950's, she put "Lucille."
> As an aside, in the course of our conversation, my cousin mentioned
> that she could look it up in our Grandmother's Bible--UGH!!! I have been
> to research this family for over ten years and never knew that there was a
> BIBLE. My cousin knew I was doing this research, but I do not think that
> it had
> ever dawned on her how important Bibles can be in doing research. She
> told me
> that the Bible is somewhere in her basement and she would get it out to
> what it has about the family. I have decided that if she does not get
> to doing this soon, I am making a trip to Tennessee to find it for her.
> My suggestion to all of you who had waded through this post is to talk
> to the oldest members in your family and asked if they know of name
> changes in
> the family--either incidental or on purpose. Also, be sure to ask if they
> know whether there is a Bible around with information on the family in it.