Friday, March 18, 2011

Marriage License--George Henry Hughes and Sarah Margaret VanGilder

Proof positive....if you wait long enough....it will someday appear online! Just found this on the West Virginia marriage documents website...WAHOO....my paternal grandparents..aka Grams and Pop Pop.

What's in a Name?

If there was ever any doubt that Grams decided at some point in time during her life that the spelling "Sara" was more dramatic than "Sarah"....this is it. She was "Sarah" when she married and I have "Sarah" when she was born; however, over the years it became "Sara" and "Sara" it stayed.

During my years of family research I have "caught" her having "fun" rewriting history with "new" names. For instance, my Dad, her son, always thought that her middle name was Margaretta, not Margaret....AND....she decided to "change" the spelling of her maiden name from VanGilder to VanGuilder. All of my Dad's documents have VanGuilder as his middle name rather than VanGilder.

Actually, she also tweeked her other son, John Aiden Hughes' name....in England it is spelled Aidan....in fact Aidan is heavily scattered throughout the West Hartlepool Hughes lineage due to the fact that they lived and attended St. Aiden's parish.

And, now that I think of it....she even had fun with my name....my nickname has always been Lin or Lindee and Grams would write it Lynn.

Grams was a fun loving, warm hearted woman....the grandmother any grandchild would beg to go visit....and I did. As I have blogged before, it was not unusual for me as an elementary school girl to jump on my bike and pedal from our house over to Bellevue (about 3 1/2 miles) and simply arrive, unannounced.

So in my mind, who cares about name changes, we aren't talking Romeo and Juliet here,
"What's in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet."

......name....smame.....LOVE THAT GRAMS !


George Henry Hughes and Sara VanGilder Hughes Tombstone Tuesday

© 2011, copyright Linda Hughes Hiser

1 comment:

  1. Very nice, Linda! I see a strong resemblance between you and Grams! Also Fran and Sara.

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