Your Surname’s Spelling? Total Accident

Your surname’s spelling was never carved in stone.  This is something that most people who’ve been digging through original genealogical sources already know, but I’ve found myself having a conversation about this with a bunch of interested family members and friends lately, so I thought I would write a post about this.  More than likely,

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Wednesday’s Child: Gladstone Gravitt. Cause of Death: Gunshot

I’m not yet sure if he was one of ours, but considering the name Gravitt (and it’s many variations) is fairly uncommon in the U.S. and this child lived very close to our family (and actually originated in Forsyth County, Georgia – the same area as my Gravitt family), I’m certain this 11-year-old child was

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Civil War POW John Priestly Gravitt

Of course it would have to be in the middle of the busiest weekend in my year that I discover that my 3rd Great-Grandpa on my dad’s side, John Priestly (J. P.) Gravitt (1836-1921), was a Civil war POW. This all came about when I discovered that another collateral ancestor’s Civil War Pension application was

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