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Sunday, March 13th, 2011 08:32 pm
It was probably what I deserved for saving a pile of stuff to go through at night.

At the end of a work day.

The photo album and loose papers I inherited when my grandmother died stayed well-packed in a climate controlled closet in my home for probably a year after her death in 1998 - maybe a little more.

After I saw how the massive stacks of family group sheets, three rings binders and spiral notebooks in which I was keeping typewritten pages documenting my ever-growing ancestral lines were threatening my living space, I figured there had to be another way.

So I found and downloaded family tree software to my computer and off I went.

But I knew the boxes in the closet held the keys to more complete knowledge about Williamses, Meeks, Baldings, and Parrishes, so I went in and pulled them out.

I spent about two weeks categorizing things into piles, and extracting the information from them to input into the database. The Williams family photo album was (and still is) a monstrous undertaking.

I set the yellowed newspaper clippings aside, because they were undated and unattributed. They had been (mostly) very neatly snipped out of the newspapers in which they appeared, and I knew I'd probably have to study each one to match it up with a person, place, or event.

So that pile was last.


The *very* last clipping.

He had to be related. His surname was Williams.

But I had never heard anyone talk about him.

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Frankfort KY is in Franklin County, where my Williamses lived for several generations after emigrating there from Virginia, and prior to the move to Arkansas around 1885.

But that name... U V Williams?

Ulysses? Surely I'd have heard if we had a Ulysses...

And the V...all I could think of was Victor, but the Victors in the family were Baldings.

I set it aside.

But I didn't put it away.


It was weeks before my Eureka! moment.

I was looking for Jacob Williams, father of Mildred Carleton Williams after his wife died in 1876. I was having a devil of a time.

But wait...could it be Jacob? He was not the head of the household. What's up with this?

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Urban? A doctor and - apparently - a younger brother of Jacob.

What kind of name is Urban?

One that starts with a U...now where have I seen that before?

And that was how I met Urban Valentine Williams, M.D. Google turns up tons of information on him.

I think I'd have gone by "U V" too...
Monday, March 14th, 2011 02:05 am (UTC)
Urban Valentine. Dayum. That's some fancy and peculiar naming, there.
Monday, March 14th, 2011 02:16 am (UTC)
No shit.
Monday, March 14th, 2011 02:52 am (UTC)
Makes me wonder why. Was it the same way that the fanciest name in my family tree got there? *g*

(IE daddy was "the worse for drink", as they used to so kindly say, when baby came along.)

Or was it just a taste for high-falutin' names?
Monday, March 14th, 2011 03:01 am (UTC)
I dunno...But after UV, we had a rash of three more baby boys in the next generation down named Urban.

All three of them used their middle names as given names.

Maybe Momma's labor was a real pain...
Monday, March 14th, 2011 03:09 am (UTC)
Hee! Could be.

Any Catholics in the family? Urban was the name of several popes...
Monday, March 14th, 2011 12:19 pm (UTC)
To my knowledge, these Williamses were Presbyterian.
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Monday, March 14th, 2011 05:26 pm (UTC)
Presbyterians they may have been, but Urban and Valentine are both VERY Catholic names. KY was full of Catholics who left Maryland and moved west in the early 1800s. Perhaps he was named in honor of a neighbor or friend?
Monday, March 14th, 2011 08:45 pm (UTC)
I don't have a clue. He's the first Urban - and as far as I know, the only Valentine - who popped up.
Monday, March 14th, 2011 09:35 pm (UTC)
Well, if I may quote the venerable Geroge Carlin, it's a mystery. *g*
Wednesday, March 16th, 2011 05:06 am (UTC)
oakmouse & dee,

You two are hilarious! But I can't laugh too loudly here because I've stumbled on a couple of names in my family tree that had me saying, "what the hell?!" a little too loud according to all the raised eyebrows and and glares I received from the reference librarians! :-D