This is day 8 of the A to Z April Challenge.
is for Hiram. Who would put that name on a sweet little baby? Apparently at least 7 of my ancestors. It comes from the Hebrew meaning “my brother is exalted.” I wonder if they knew that. Here is a thumbnail sketch of each of my Hirams (because there isn’t much more to say).
1. Hiram Franklin Davis is my 2nd cousin 3 times removed. He was born 13 Sep 1867 along Naked Creek in Rockingham County, son of John Barton Davis and Sarah Samuels. He married Cora Eppard May 10, 1888. She was also my 2nd cousin 3 times removed, so apparently they were related to each other as well.
2. Hiram Franklin Meadows, son of Mitchell and Virenda McDaniel Meadows, was born 14 Sep 1849 in Naked Creek, Rockingham County, Virginia and died 22 Feb 1911. He was the husband of Mary E. V. Jollett, my 1st cousin 3 times removed. I love his tombstone – he’s buried between his two wives. Cozy.
3. Hiram M. Meadows is Hiram Franklin Meadows’ son by his second wife.
4. Hiram Merica, my 1st cousin 4 times removed, was born in 1842 in Naked Creek, Rockingham County, Virginia. He was the son of William and Mary Eppard Merica. (The Eppards were my maternal grandmother’s line.)
Are we sensing a pattern here? “Hiram” must have been the “Jason” of the 1800s in Naked Creek.
5. Hiram Oscar Eppard was my great grand uncle. He died young at about age 23. He was the son of George and Segourney Shiflett Eppard.
6. Hiram Smith, born near Naked Creek in 1841, was husband to my 2nd cousin 4 times removed, Eliza Ann Eppard.
7. Hiram Taylor, born in 1838, in where else but Naked Creek, was my 1st cousin 4 times removed, son of Zacariah and Nancy Eppard Taylor.
What a helpful exercise this has been. I learned that Hiram was a big name among the Eppards. As difficult as it is to believe, “Hiram” is NOT in the top 1000 names for baby boys today and hasn’t been for almost 30 years. But those old-fashioned names are becoming popular again. Move over Matthew and Justin – here comes little Hiram!
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