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Dee Burris Blakley ([personal profile] dee_burris) wrote2011-03-12 04:14 pm

Surname Saturday: What's in a name?

Well, everything, if you're talking about spelling...

There's an interesting story in our Herrington family about the spelling of the surname.

When Jasper Monroe Herrington married my great grandmother, Julia Ann (Callaway) McBrayer, he - like she - had already been married before and widowed.

Jasper's son by his second wife, Mary Ann Cothran, was John Richard Herrington. Dick, as he was called, was only 3 when Jasper and Julia married, and she already had 7 kids by Robert McBrayer.

I don't know how they decided there was no room for Dick Herrington in the tiny little house, but they did. (I mean, there wasn't room for all those kids, which combined, numbered 11, but how did they pick Dick to be the odd one out?) Jasper and Julia went on to have 6 children of their own. In the 1910 census, Richard was living with them, but not in 1920.

He went to live with a couple named John and Nora Johnson in Hot Spring County - he is shown there in the 1920 census as a foster son.

John Johnson told Dick that the RIGHT way to spell Herrington was with an "a," i.e., Harrington. So Dick did.

He was the only one of Jasper's descendants to spell the surname that way. I had a heckuva time finding his grave, but finally did. He's buried in Rest Haven Memorial Gardens in Arkadelphia.

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