Last update:Tuesday, 22-Sep-2009 08:09:05 MDT
Naming Patterns - Typical of Bertie County
Surnames used as Christian Names
One of the earliest with the surname was Thomas Whitmel, who became Sheriff
in 1745 and
member of the Assembly from 1754
The name Whitmel(l) , a prominent surname in early Bertie Co. history,
died out - at least in Bertie Co.- by the early 1800s; seems there were plenty of Whitmel daughters that married and remained in the area, but few sons. Of the direct male line, one moved to TN, others died young, or are unaccounted for. It has been a popular first and middle name since then, either as Whit or Whitmel(l). The Whitmell line is currently online, and I'll be happy to send it to you if you email me. Molly
There was a Adam Thorogood in Va. and a Thorogood Dempsey in Bertie Co. in the late 1760s.
Pate family Horace Peele
In Pate and Peele family
Used in Powell family.
Isa Gordon Powell, 1862 - 1912 married Edgar Powell; Isa Benedicta Gordon,
born 1842, married Joseph Gordon Granbery, her cousin; and their child named Isa
Gordon Granbery who married Nathan Tucker.
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