The Name Game

“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet.”- Shakespeare, Romeo & Juliet

We often place more importance on a name then perhaps we should. I know I have. I had placed a lot of importance on finding out the pirate’s name, but so far all it’s led me to is dead ends. I found a few potentials, but I figured the only way to be certain would be to go to the source. So I decided to get in contact with the people from Gloucester County, through some research I was able to find out that all the records would have been kept in Richmond. I am not entirely sure why the records were held in Richmond, they could have been relocated during the Civil War. However, in 1865, a huge fire, burnt down the court house in Richmond, destroying all records that were being kept there. Therefore, I am unable to locate a birth certificate, or any other records that could lead me to his family members. It’s frustrating because it once again places me at a dead end. With no records to speak of, there is no way for me to piece together his family history or the beginning of his life. I guess I am going to look for some other way to do it.

Although I struck out with the courthouse, I did find a pretty good map of the area I’m working on from around that time:

2 Responses to “The Name Game”

  1. Ross says:

    Hi Jane…

    Have you thought about checking the census records? I used the 1890 and 1900 census in my project and they were very helpful tracking down the names of some family members.


  2. Betsy says:

    Ugh, being from this area I can only say that I hope you find something super interesting about it, maybe something to put us on the map for some reason, any reason, ha.

    I agree that census records would be helpful– also, maybe you could try some newspaper articles from around that time period and location? You know, just to peruse around and see what you can see.