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Naming Traditions-

When doing genealogical research we all know that a persons name is the strongest clue to the next person we search for. For many years naming traditions were used as to honor a parent or grandparent, but these patterns have became a valuable asset to genealogist. When a couple married and proceeded to have children the following name patterns existed: First born boy-maternal grandfathers first name, First born girl-maternal grandmothers first name, Second born boy-paternal grandfathers first name,Second born girl-paternal grandmothers first name, Third born boy-fathers first name, Third born girl-mothers first name. As more children in the family were born you will probably find aunts, uncles,and other names of extended family members used. If a child is born and one of it's older siblings has died that name may be given to the baby in honor of the lost one. If not sure of a mothers given last name or the maternal grandmothers look at her children's names. Very often the last name may be a middle name given to one of her children. I hope this hint works for others as well as it has helped me in my search for the past.

Samantha (Davis) Gentile

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Tarlton of North Carolina

My last member of the TARLTON direct line passed away 12 Nov. 2015. She is my grandmother and her name is Mary Lee (TARLTON) SMITH. Mary was born 31 Jul 1918 in Lillesville, Anson Co, North Carolina,USA. She married Dewey SMITH Jr.on 15 May 1937 Wadesboro,Anson Co,North Carolina,USA. They had 6 children, 4 or which are living and 2 that have passed away. Their Names are Joyce (SMITH) COMBES, she died in childbirth in 1961. The other daughter to die is Maynette (SMITH) MALLEY. She had cancer.

Mary Lee Parents are:James Thomas TARLTON b.17 Feb 1874 in Wadesboro, Anson Co.,North Carolina,USA
d. 1 Oct 1944 in Wadesboro, Anson Co.,North Carolina,USA
and: Pheobe Stella (TREADWAY) TARLTON b. 22 May 1894 in Wadesboro, Anson Co, North Carolina, USA
d. 5 March 1976 in Wadesbors, Anson Co., North Carolina,USA
They married 3 March 1909
They Had 16 children during their marriage: Earl Thomas TARLTON b.1910 d.1973
Earnest TARLTON b.1911 d.1912
Walter David TARLTON b.1912 d.1988
Lee Ros TARLTON b.1913 d.1914
Grover F. TARLTON b.1915 d.1915
Fred Marshall TARLTON b.1916 d.1999
Mary Lee TARLTON b. 1918 d.2015
Minnie Covington TARLTON b.1920 d.2008
James Thomas TARLTON Jr b.1922 d 1922
Carl Bennet TARLTON b.1923 d.1923
Robert Eugene "Gene" TARLTON b.1924 d.2003
John Wesley TARLTON b.1926 d. 2010
Helen Louise TARLTON b.1927 d.1923
Elsie Ruth TARLTON b.1930 d.1931
Living TARLTON b.1931 d. living
Etta Mae TARLTON b. 1932 d.1970

Actual birth dates and places I will add soon