Taylor-Thomas Line

Joseph Thomas

On this day, 8 May, in the year 1901, Joseph Thomas passed away. He was my 4th great-grandfather.

Joseph Thomas was born on 5 September 1815, in Washington County, Maryland. He was the son of Michael Thomas and Mary Painter, who were married on 19 November 1805, in Hagerstown, Washington County, Maryland.

For 25 years, Joseph Thomas resided with his parents and his siblings in Washington County, Maryland.

However, Joseph Thomas’ residence would soon change, when he married Mary Ann Johnston in Washington County, Maryland on 22 July 1840.

A year later, their first child was born on 1 August 1841, in Washington County, Maryland. They named their daughter Lucinda Thomas. (She was my 3rd great-grandmother.)

Circa 1844, their second child, a son named William H. Thomas, was born in Washington County, Maryland.

In January 1845, son Emory E. Thomas was born in Washington County, Maryland.

The next year, son Franklin Thomas was born on 7 May 1846, in Washington County, Maryland.

On 7 September 1850, Joseph Thomas, his wife Mary, and their children Lucinda, William, Emory, and Franklin were still residing in Washington County, Maryland. Joseph Thomas was a farmer. Also residing with their family was a 14-year old male named Joseph Huntsberry, who was probably a farm hand, as Huntsberry is not a family surname.

On 19 June 1853, tragedy struck the Thomas family, when Joseph’s mother Mary (Painter) Thomas died in Washington County, Maryland. She was buried in Fairview Cemetery, Keedysville, Washington County, Maryland.

On 25 November 1856, Joseph’s daughter Lucinda Thomas married William Francis Long (my 3rd great-grandfather) in Washington County, Maryland.

On 29 August 1860, Joseph Thomas, his wife Mary, and their three teenage sons William, Emory, and Franklin were residing in Sharpsburg, Washington County, Maryland. Also living with them was Joseph’s elderly father, Michael Thomas. Joseph was still farming. His real estate was valued at $6,000, and his personal property was valued at $1,200. Daughter Lucinda, her husband, and their baby girl were living a few miles away.

Then, on 1 June 1861, tragedy struck the Thomas family again, when Joseph’s father, Michael Thomas, died in Washington County, Maryland. He was buried next to his wife Mary in Fairview Cemetery, Keedysville, Washington County, Maryland.

Just like William Ferguson Taylor, my 3rd great-grandfather whose life I documented previously, the Civil War would soon arrive smack dab on the Joseph Thomas’ doorstep. On 17 September 1862, near Sharpsburg, Maryland, the Battle of Antietam was waged. It was the bloodiest single-day battle in American history. This battle pitted the Army of the Potomac, numbered at 87,164, against the Army of Northern Virginia, numbered at 38,000. After the last shot was fired and the dust and smoke had cleared, 2,108 Union soldiers were dead, 9,549 were wounded, and 753 were captured or missing. For the Confederates, 1,567 soldiers were dead, 7,752 were wounded, and 1,018 were captured or missing.

Farms in and around the battle were decimated. Crops waiting to be harvested were raised by bullets and cannons or trampled in the troops. Harvested crops were requisitioned by the military to feed the troops. Smaller animals, like pigs and chickens, were confiscated to feed the masses, as were the eggs from laying chickens. The military also requisitioned horses and mules to replace dead, wounded, or exhausted military draft animals. Wooden fences were destroyed during the battle or were dismantled for fire wood. Thousands of wounded required care; consequently, barns and homes were converted into makeshift hospitals. The area around the battlefield was littered with debris—thousands of muskets, bullets, and other military equipment, as well as hundreds of unexploded artillery shells. Wells were depleted, and streams were polluted by human refuse and decaying bodies and horse carcasses. Many farmers in and around Sharpsburg were impoverished as a result of the Battle of Antietam.

Less than two months later, on 11 November 1862, Joseph and Mary’s youngest son, Franklin Thomas died in Washington County, Maryland. He was only 16-years old. Whether his death was caused by an accident, injury, or illness is unknown. Perhaps his cause of death was directly related to the battle or its aftermath? Franklin Thomas was buried in in Fairview Cemetery, Keedysville, Washington County, Maryland.

The family somewhat rebounded from the devastation caused by that infamous battle. By 20 July 1870, census records show Joseph Thomas still living with his wife Mary and son Emory on his farm in Sharpsburg, Washington County, Maryland. Daughter Lucinda (Thomas) Long and her daughter Ellen (my 2nd great-grandmother) lived with them. Joseph was listed as a retired farmer, and Mary was keeping house. The farm was valued at $7,800, with personal property valued at $300. (It is interesting to note that although the value of the land/property had increased in ten years, the value of Joseph Thomas’ personal property had significantly diminished over the course of a decade.) Son William Thomas lived on the farm next door, along with his wife Ellen and daughter Edith.

On 4 June 1880, Joseph Thomas and his wife Mary lived on a farm in Keedysville, Washington County, Maryland. Still living with them are daughter Lucinda (Thomas) Long and granddaughter Ellen V. Long. Son Emory and his family live next door. At first glance, one would assume that Joseph Thomas had moved; however, upon closer inspection, it is discovered that the town of Sharpsburg is less than four miles from the town of Keedysville. My educated guess is that the Thomas family did not move; instead, their town “affiliation” probably changed.

On 7 August 1895, Joseph’s wife Mary. E. (Johnston) Thomas died in Keedysville, Washington County, Maryland. The couple had just celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary. Mary was buried near her son Franklin in Fairview Cemetery, Keedysville, Washington County, Maryland.

On 14 June 1900, Joseph Thomas still resided in Washington County, Maryland. Daughter Lucinda (Thomas) Long was keeping house for her father. He owned his home, mortgage free, but no longer had a farm. Joseph Thomas’ profession was listed as capitalist, which leads me to assume he invested monies. Son Emory and his family live two doors down on a farm.

Then, on 8 May 1901, at the age of 85, Joseph Thomas died in Keedysville, Washington County, Maryland. He was buried next to his wife in Fairview Cemetery, Keedysville, Washington County, Maryland.

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William Ferguson Taylor

On this day, 21 April 1906, William Ferguson Taylor died. He was my 3rd great-grandfather.

William Ferguson Taylor was born in April 1830, in Franklin Township, Adams County, Pennsylvania. He was the eldest known son of William H. Taylor and Mary “Polly” Ferguson, who were married on 5 June 1827, in Hamiltonban Township, Adams County, Pennsylvania.

On 30 November 1833, William Ferguson Taylor became a brother for the first time, when Samuel H. Taylor was born in Franklin County, Pennsylvania.

Several years later, in November 1842, a second brother, James Ephraim Taylor, was born in Franklin County, Pennsylvania.

On 5 January 1845, a third brother, Joseph Ephraim Taylor, was born in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. At some point in his older childhood or early teenage years, Joseph Ephraim ran away from home, never to be seen by his family again. As an adult, Joseph Ephraim, who was now going by the surname Carry, settled in Crawford County, Missouri, raising a family there.

Then, on 1 February 1850, the youngest brother, Jeremiah Taylor, was born in Franklin County, Pennsylvania.

The first time William Ferguson Taylor is named in official documentation is in the 1850 U.S. Census. On 23 September 1850, William Ferguson Taylor, who was 20 years old at the time, was living with his parents and four brothers in Washington Township, Franklin County, Pennsylvania. His father William H. Taylor was a shinglemaker, and his mother was a housewife.

In 1852, William Ferguson Taylor, age 22, married Charlotte Good, age 17, daughter William Good and Maria (surname unknown), in Washington County, Maryland.

On 3 March 1858, near Sharpsburg, Washington County, Maryland, the couple welcomed their first child, Sarah “Sallie” Charlotte Taylor.

In July 1859, a second daughter, Eliza J. Taylor was born in Jefferson County, Virginia (now West Virginia).

On 14 June 1860, William Ferguson Taylor and his wife Charlotte, along with their two daughters, were still living in Jefferson County, Virginia. Like his father, William Ferguson Taylor was a shinglemaker. His personal property was valued at $30.

On 12 April 1861, almost 500 miles away, a shot was fired on Fort Sumter, outside of Charleston, South Carolina. The War Between the States had begun. On 23 May 1861, Virginia succeeded from the United States of America, joining the Confederate States of America. However, many of the citizens of the western-most parts of Virginia did not want to sever ties to the United States. On 26 November 1861, West Virginia began the Secessionist Convention that would result in its separating from the Commonwealth of Virginia. Succession from Virginia was ratified on 11 April 1862, and West Virginia was admitted to the Union as a separate state on 20 June 1863.

During all of this upheaval, William Ferguson Taylor and his family moved back across the Potomac River into Washington County, Maryland. However, like West Virginia, western Maryland was experiencing great upheaval. Sympathies between neighbors and within families were split between Union and Confederate.

Soon, the Civil War would come to their doorstep. The Maryland Campaign was commenced from 4-20 September 1862. General Robert E. Lee’s first invasion of the North was repulsed by the Army of the Potomac, commanded by Major General George B. McClellan, who moved to intercept Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia. In the early morning hours of 17 September 1862, near Sharpsburg, Maryland, the Battle of Antietam began. It was the bloodiest single-day battle in American history. The Army of the Potomac numbered 87,164. The Army of Northern Virginia engaged 38,000. After the last shot was fired and the dust and smoke had cleared, 2,108 Union soldiers were dead, 9,549 Union soldiers were wounded, and 753 Union soldiers were captured or missing. On the Confederate side, 1,567 soldiers were dead, 7,752 were wounded, and 1,018 were captured or missing.

On 15 January 1864, in Washington County, Maryland, William Ferguson Taylor and his wife Charlotte welcomed a third daughter, Anna M. Taylor. Sadly, their little girl died on 18 January 1865, in Washington County, Maryland., aged one year and three days. Anna M. Taylor was buried in Bakersville Cemetery (now known as Salem Lutheran Church Cemetery), located in Bakersville, Washington County, Maryland.

On 15 February 1865, William Ferguson Taylor enlisted as a private in the Union Army. He joined the Potomac Home Brigade, Company A, 1st Infantry Regiment, Maryland. He served in Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia. A few months later, in April 1865, the company was disbanded.

On 8 April 1865, William Ferguson Taylor was transferred to Company A, 13th Infantry Regiment, Maryland. That next day, on 8 April 1865, near Appomattox Court House, Virginia, Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered his Army of Northern Virginia to Union General Ulysses S. Grant. On 29 May 1865, William Ferguson Taylor was discharged because of heart disease.

On 4 October 1865, William Ferguson Taylor was listed as a qualified voters for District #2, Washington County, Maryland.

On 10 May 1868, in Washington County, Maryland, son Allen Seymour Taylor (my 2nd great-grandfather) was born.

On 15 July 1870, William Ferguson Taylor, his wife, and three surviving children were living in Downsville, Washington County, Maryland. Also living with them is Charles Taylor, age 12 (possibly a nephew).

Circa March 1871, a second son, John Taylor, was born in Downsville, Washington County, Maryland.

On 18 January 1875, in Washington County, Maryland, daughter Sarah “Sallie” C. Taylor married John Poffenberger.

On 9 May 1876, in Washington County, Maryland, daughter Eliza married Adam E. Poffenberger.

On 21 June 1880, William Ferguson Taylor, his wife Charlotte, and sons Allen and John were residing in Downsville, Washington County, Maryland. Daughter Eliza and son-in-law Adam lived two doors down.

On 20 May 1889, in Washington County, Maryland, son Allen married Martha Ellen Trone (my 2nd great-grandmother).

On 8 March 1890, son John C. Taylor married Marie Antoinette Avis in Hagerstown, Washington County, Maryland.

Their youngest son’s first marriage did not end well. Within a few years of marriage, John and Marie were divorced. On 5 September 1895, John C. Taylor was remarried, this time to Mary Louise Hennessey near Fairplay, Washington County, Maryland.

On 6 June 1900, William Ferguson Taylor and his wife Charlotte were still residing in Downsville, Washington County, Maryland. At the time, his brother, James Ephraim Taylor, was living with them. Daughter Eliza and her family still lived nearby, as did sons Allen and John and their families.

In the later part of his life until his death, William Ferguson Taylor was a woodworker.

On 25 April 1941, at the age of 77 years, William Ferguson Taylor died around 11:00 p.m. in Downsville, Washington County, Maryland. The cause of death was paralysis, from which he initially had suffered about two weeks prior to his death. What had caused this paralysis is unknown, although it can be speculated that William Ferguson Taylor might have suffered a heart attack, based on the fact that he had been discharged from the Union Army due to heart disease.

William Ferguson Taylor was buried in Bakersville Cemetery, near his daughter Anna.

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14 April: A Day to Remember

On this day, 14 April, history happened:

In the year 979, my three-times great-grandfather Æthelred “The Unready” (through his son Edmund II “Ironside”, my twice-over 30th great-grandfather, and through his daughter Ælfgifu, my 31st great-grandmother) was challenged for the throne of England.

In the year 1471, the Battle of Barnet, a decisive battle in the War of the Roses, was fought. The Yorkists defeated the Lancastrians, killing Richard Neville (my 17th great-grandfather). This military action, along with the subsequent Battle of Tewkesbury, secured the throne for Edward IV.

In 1865, Abraham Lincoln was shot by John Wilkes Booth at Ford’s Theater, Washington DC. President Lincoln died the next day.

In 1894, Thomas Edison held his first public showing of the kinetoscope (moving pictures).

In 1903, Dr Harry Plotz developed a vaccine against typhoid.

In 1912, at 11:40 p.m., the Titanic hit an iceberg off the coast of Newfoundland. The ship sank a few hours later.

In 1935, Black Sunday, the worst sandstorm in Midwest history, created the Dust Bowl. Twenty “black blizzards” devastated the Great Plains, from Canada to Texas. The dust storms caused extensive damage and turned the day into night. Witnesses reported that they could not see five feet in front of them.

And in 1970, in southern Florida, a baby boy was born.

He was no one famous, and his birth was only important to us, his family.

But on that day, that small child drew his first breath. Two hours later, he breathed his last.

He took with him his father’s name and his family’s love.

Nothing remains of him, not even a photo or a footprint. No stone marks his brief passage in time.

Although his was a life not lived, he was…if only for a moment.

And for that reason, 14 April always will be a memorable day in my family’s history.

 

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Family Food History

When I was a child, I loved television. Of course, we only had three channels, if the antenna was working properly that day. (Move the rabbit ears a bit more, a bit more… stop… now, don’t move!) Our family would congregate around the TV set almost every evening.  My favorite shows were All in the Family, Andy Griffith Show, The Beverly Hillbillies, Bewitched, The Dukes of Hazzard, Gilligan’s Island, Happy DaysI Dream of Jeannie, Laverne and Shirley, Little House on the Prairie, The Waltons, and Welcome Back, Kotter.  And Saturday mornings?  Those cartoons/kids’ shows were the best!  My siblings and I loved The Bugs Bunny Show, Captain Kangaroo, Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids, The Flintstones, Hong Kong Phooey, H.R. Pufnstuf, Josie and the Pussycats, and Scooby Doo.

This days, however, I do not watch much television. (I guess I am too busy writing blog entries.) When I do turn on the tube, I tend to prefer:

  • Genealogically related (pun intended) shows (As if you couldn’t surmise that already!)
  • Sappy love stories (What can I say? I have a thing for happily ever after.)
  • Home repair shows
  • And My Grandmother’s Ravioli

Each episode of My Grandmother’s Ravioli begins with this monologue:

I’m Mo Rocca, and this is my grandmother. When I was growing up, she used to make the biggest, most elaborate Sunday dinners. I will never forget Momma’s ravioli. But I, I never learned how to cook. That’s why I’m pulling out all the stops to get your grandmothers and grandfathers to teach me their favorite family recipes. Why not learn from the masters?

“So why do I like this show?” you might ask. The reason is because I believe that family recipes are an important part of family history. Certain foods remind me of certain people. When I prepare the food that these long-gone family members had made, it is as if these loved ones are joining me at the dinner table.

When I remember my maternal grandmother, I think of fried plantains, Seabreezes, and rum cake. (Yum… rum… My grandmother sure knew how to whip up a mean rum cake, although I swear, you could get drunk off those fumes!)

The first Christmas that I shared with my hubby (then my boyfriend), we spent the holiday break with my grandmother and step-grandfather. In honor of our visit, she and I made her famous rum cake or, should I say, TWO rum cakes. The four of us polished off those cakes in two days!  Although it has been 15 years since my grandmother died, I think of her every time I bake a rum cake and reminisce about that visit and the laughs we share.

When I remember my paternal great-grandmother, I think of snickerdoodles, shepherd’s pie, meat pies, and sweet tea… lots and lots of sweet tea. (So much sweet tea, in fact, that she and my Great-Great-Aunt Carella joked at family reunions that sweet tea flowed through our family’s veins! I think they might have been right!)

Growing up, my family visited my two paternal great-grandmothers on Sundays. My grandfather’s mother always treated us to family stories, followed by baked goods or Sunday supper. One of my favorite memories of her was the day we made rolled sugar cookies together. No matter what my great-grandma made, she never consulted a recipe. (She used to boast that she could cook circles around Betty Crocker.) I watched, fascinated, as she added a handful of this and a pinch of that to create a perfect sugar cookie dough. As she rolled out the dough, my great-grandmother told me about how she would make these cookies as a girl, around about my age. She then handed me an empty jelly jar and told me to cut out as many cookies as I could from that piece of dough. Press and turn, press and turn… one by one, I cut out those cookies. When I was done, she gave me a smile and told me that I had done well. Even though she has been dead 24 years, I still remember that smile.

On my spouse’s side, I will always equate ham and bean soup with his maternal grandmother. His grandmother often had a pot of bean soup simmering on the stove when we visited. (And, of course, we had to sample bowl or two each time. We can’t be rude, now can we?)

What I remember most about that soup was sitting with her at her 1950’s era kitchen table, listening to her as she shared stories of other family members, both alive and gone, and of herself, both old and young. I learned so much about my husband’s family at that table. Fifteen years have passed since his maternal grandmother died, but I think of her each and every time I make a pot of ham and bean soup.

My husband’s paternal grandmother was renowned for her cooking. Family lore has that her cooking was what initially attracted my husband’s grandfather. In 1936, a young, Italian-born Marine was assigned to a post in South Charleston, West Virginia. While in Charleston, he met and fell in love with a young lady who cooked sumptuous Italian food. They married within months of meeting.

When I met my husband’s paternal grandmother more than 50 years later, her husband was no longer alive to enjoy her cooking. However, their large family—sons, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren—gathered at her table to enjoy her sumptuous foods. What I remember most about those meals was how she never seemed to join us; instead, she waited on us, making sure plates and stomachs were full. And she rarely allowed help with cleanup, even though some of us offered. She did, however, welcome a helping hand and a willingness to learn when it came to preparing the food.

Several times, I joined her in the kitchen, learning to prepare smelts, gnocchi, and ravioli. (Okay, so they were really tortellini, but who was I to argue with her?)  While we cooked, she told me all about her very large Appalachian family—her father who was a preacher, her mother who was given both a boy’s and girl’s name (Willie Alice), and her many, many brothers and sisters. We laughed about funny times in her childhood and wiped away tears when she talked about her sister who died from a car fire and her brother who was killed in a tank during World War II. (She claimed the tears were from the onions.) Although 12 years have passed since she passed away, I think of her still when I make homemade gnocchi.

So you see, family recipes are an important part of our family history. Each of us, especially family historians, should take the time to document this aspect of our loved ones’ lives. Considering attaching family recipes to family tree records. Like census records, these recipes (especially those written in that person’s own hand) tells part of that person’s life story.

Culture and personal preferences are captured when we remember to document the food of our lives. Every time a family recipe is prepared and shared, a part of our ancestors live on.

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What foods remind you of specific family members and why? Please feel free share your memories of your own life and the lives of your ancestors. I would love to hear from you.
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ABCs & Our Family Trees: Letter H

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I have always been fascinated by language, specifically where it originates and how it adapts, mutates, and relates to other languages. That is why I found the recent series of blogs by Andrew’s Kindred so intriguing. It combined my love of etymology with my love of genealogy.  I was so inspired, in fact, that I decided to try my hand at chronicling the origins of our families’ surnames.


This is the eighth installment of a series of posts documenting the etymology of many of our families’ surnames (recent and distant, direct and indirect.)

Now that the G names have been discussed, next up is the letter H:

Hægis (my spouse’s father’s maternal line)
German—This topographic name might be derived from the Middle High German word hac and from the Middle Dutch word haghe or hæg, meaning enclosure, meadow, or hedge. It also might come from the Old Dutch word hægtes or hægtis, which is a supernatural figure much like a witch or Fury.

Häger (my father’s maternal line)
German—This surname originally is derived from hag, meaning hedge or enclosure, and is a topographic name for someone who lived by a hedged or fenced enclosure. Sometimes, it was used as nickname for a thin man, from the Middle High German word, hager, meaning thin or  gaunt.

Haie (my mother’s paternal line)
English—The surname Haie was first found in Normandy, where this family held a family seat in the castle and barony of Lahaie-du-Puits in the arrondissement of Coutance from about the year 890. But the annals of the family only start about 1066, when Eudo de Lahaie accompanied William the Conqueror in the Norman Conquest of England. The de la Haie family occupied the areas in and around Sussex, Essex, and Suffolk.

Haliburton (my mother’s paternal line)
English—This surname is of pre-7th Century origins. It is a locational name from the village of Halberton in Devonshire. This is recorded as Halsbretone in the Domesday Book of 1086 and as Hauberton in the 1188 Pipe Rolls of the county. The placename derives from the elements haesel, meaning hazel; bearu, meaning the grove; and tun, meaning a village or homestead; hence, the surname means homestead by a hazel grove.

Hall (my spouse’s mother’s paternal line and my mother’s paternal line)
English—This surname, generally is considered to be Anglo-Scottish origin, has several possible sources. It might be a topographical name for someone who lived at or near a large house called a hall, or that it could be an occupational name for a person who was employed at such a place. In this case, the derivation can be either from the Old English pre-7th Century word heall, the Old German and later Anglo-Saxon word halla, or even the Old Norse-Viking word holl. All have the same meaning of a large house or building. However, it could also be a locational surname from the villages of Hall in the counties of Carmarthenshire, Lancashire, and Roxburghshire.

Halm (my father’s paternal line)
German—This surname is a metonymic occupational name for a maker of hats or helmets from the Anglo-Saxon word helm, meaning helmet.

Halstead (my mother’s paternal line)
English—The origin of this surname is locational from places in Essex, Kent, Leicester, and in early Yorkshire. It is derived from the Old English elements (ge)heald, a shelter or stable for animals, and stede, a place or building, thus a place of shelter for cattle.

Hamilton (my spouse’s mother’s maternal line)
English—Of Anglo-Saxon origin, this is a locational name from any of the various places throughout England. The name is derived from the Old English pre-7th Century words hamel, meaning bare/scarred/treeless, and dun, meaning hill.

Hammerton (my mother’s paternal line)
English—This surname is locational, usually from the villages of Hamerton near Huntingdon, Kirk and York. The place names according to Ekwall’s Dictionary of English Place Names mean the village on the rock, derived from the pre-7th Century word hamor, meaning a rocky mound. This description may loosely apply to Green Hammerton, which is on a slight escarpment, but both the Huntingdon Hamerton and Kirk Hammerton are on level ground. This suggests that the derivation instead was derived from the word hamm, meaning flat.

Hammond (my father’s maternal line)
English—This surname could be of Norman origin from a personal name Hamo(n), which is generally from a continental Germanic name Haimo, derived from the word haim, meaning home. It could also be from the Old Norse personal name Hámundr, composed of the elements hár, meaning high, and mund, meaning protection.

Hanisko (my stepfather’s family)
Slovak—This surname is probably locational in origin, referring to one of two villages in eastern Slovakia by the name of Haniska. The first village in the Košice-okolie District, and the second is in the Prešov District.

Hanson (my spouse’s father’s maternal line)
English—This surname can be either a patronymic or a metronymic, meaning it may be derived from the name of the first bearer’s father or mother. As a patronymic, it derives from “Han(n)”, a Flemish form of John from the Hebrew Yochanan, meaning Jehovah has favored (me with a son). Hann(e) was a very popular Christian name in 13th Century Yorkshire, appearing frequently in the 1274-1297 Court Rolls of the Manor of Wakefield.

Hare (my mother’s paternal line)
English—This surname was most likely derived from the Old English pre-7th Century word hara, meaning a hare or rabbit; hence, this would be a nickname either for a fast runner or someone with stamina The name could also be topographical from the Old English word haer, meaning stony ground.

Harman (my spouse’s mother’s paternal line)
English—This English comes from mainly the southeast area of the country. Introduced by the Normans after the Conquest, this surname is derived from the Germanic word heer, meaning army, and mann, meaning man.

Harrington (my mother’s paternal line)
English—This is a locational surname from places in Cumbria, Lincolnshire, and Northamptonshire. This surname might have been derived from the Old English word hæring, meaning stony place, or haring, meaning gray wood, plus the word tun, meaning settlement

Hartley (my mother’s paternal line)
English—This is a locational surname for someone who resided in Hartley, Devon, Hampshire, or Kent. It is derived from the Old English word heorot, meaning hart or stag, plus the word leah, meaning wood or clearing.

Haslep (my mother’s maternal line)
English—A variation of the Haslip or Hyslop surname, this surname is derived from the Old English word hæsel, meaning hazel, plus the word hop, meaning enclosed valley or hollow between two hills.

Hasslerin (my spouse’s mother’s paternal line)
German—This is a topographic name for someone who lived in a place where hazels grew, from Middle High German word hasel, meaning hazel; plus  the suffix -er, denoting an inhabitant; plus the suffix -in  which denotes the feminine (e.g. female surname Mayerin—the wife of Mayer.)

Hastings (my mother’s paternal line)
English—This surname might be derived from the Old English tribal name Hæstingas, meaning Hæsta’s people or the family/followers of Hæsta, which was later transferred to their settlement. Another possible origin might be a patronymic surname derived from the Anglo-Norman personal name Hasten(c) or Hastang.

Hatton (my spouse’s mother’s paternal line and my mother’s paternal line)
English—Mainly from the Lancashire area, this locational name from any of the various places named Hatton. This name is derived from the Old English word hæþ, meaning heath or heather, plus the word tun, meaning enclosure or settlement.

Hauer (my spouse’s stepmother’s family)
German—This surname is derived from the Middle High German word houwer (an agent derivative of houwen, meaning to chop. It is an occupational name for a woodcutter, a butcher, or a stonemason.

Hawes/Haws (my mother’s paternal line and my brother-in-law’s family)
English—This surname has at least a couple of possible origins,. The first is locational from the word hause, meaning a neck of land or a place for gathering animals. The second possibility is as a medieval patronymic from of the name Haw, the diminutive form of Hawkin or Havekin, which are derived from the Old English pre-7th Century word hafoc, meaning hawk.

Hay/Hayes (my mother’s paternal line—three lines)
Scottish—This surname is of Anglo-Saxon origin, and is a locational name from any one of a number of places called Hayes. It is derived from the Old English pre-7th Century word haes, meaning brushwood or underwood.

Heckendorn (my stepfather’s family)
German—This topographic name is composed of Middle High German word hecke, meaning hedge or fence; plus the genitive suffix -n; plus the word dorn, meaning thorn, Combined this forms the Middle High German word heckedorn, meaning hawthorn.

Heimbach (my spouse’s father’s maternal line)
German—This is a habitational surname from one of the German towns named Heimbach. The word heim means home.

Hendrickson/Hendriksen (my mother’s maternal line)
Dutch—Hendrik is the Dutch equivalent to Henry, so this surname translates into Henry’s son.

Herwig (my spouse’s mother’s paternal line)
German—This surname is composed of the Germanic/Dutch elements heri or hari, meaning army, and wig, meaning war.

Hepburn (my mother’s paternal line)
Scottish—Although commonly a Scottish name, this surname’s origins lie in the north of England. Specifically, the name is thought to have derived from either the town of Hebron in Northumberland or Hebburn in Tyne and Wear. The origins of the name are suggested to be the same as that of Hebborne from the Old English words heah, meaning high, and byrgen, meaning burial mound. Alternatively, it might be a high place beside the water, as the word burn in Northumbria and Scotland means stream.

Hesketh (my mother’s paternal line)
Scottish—This surname is a habitational name from places in Lancashire and North Yorkshire called Hesketh or from Hesket in Cumbria, all derived from the Old Norse words hestr, meaning horse or stallion, and skeið, meaning race course. The ancient Scandinavians were fond of horse racing and brought it with them to the British Isles.

Hess (my father’s paternal line)
German—This surname is believed to have originally described people who came from the region known as Hesse. The translation of this name is the hooded people; whether this referred to people who made hoods and other garments such as coats and cloaks, whether they habitually wore such clothing; or whether hesse is a transposed meaning, perhaps for warriors who wore a particular type of helmet like a hood, is uncertain.

Hill (my spouse’s mother’s paternal line and my brother-in-law’s family)
English—This surname is extremely common and widely distributed topographic name for someone who lived on or by a hill from the Middle English word hill and Old English word hyll.

Hingston (my mother’s maternal line)
English— This is a habitational surname from any of three places so named. Hingston, Cornwall and Hingston Down in Moretonhampstead, Devon are both derived from the Old English word hengest, meaning stallion, plus the Old English word dun, meaning hil’, whereas the Hingston in Bigbury, Devon is derived from the Old English word hind, meaning a young doe, plus the word stan, meaning stone.

Hitch (my mother’s paternal line)
English—The etymology of this surname might be from the Middle English words hytchen or icchen, meaning to move as with a jerk. The surname Hitch is of uniquely English origin, referring refer to a geographical area called the Hitchins and Hecheham. People living in the vicinity came to be called by their given name with an added suffix meaning of Hitchins or “of Hitch” for short.

Hockensmith (my stepfather’s family)
German—This surname is the Americanized form of German surname, Hackenschmidt, an occupational name for a maker of hoes and axes. This surname is derived from the Middle High German words hacke, meaning hoe or axe, and smit, meaning smith.

Hoffman (my stepfather’s family)
German—The original meaning in medieval times was steward—one who manages the property of another. The word hof means farmyard or courtyard, while the word mann means man, so this could also be an occupational surname for a farmer.

Holand/Holland (my mother’s paternal line, two lines)
English—This is a habitational name from Holland, a division of Lincolnshire, derived from the Old English words hoh, meaning ridge, and land, meaning land.

Hollingsworth (my father’s maternal line)
English—This is a habitational surname from places in Cheshire and Lancashire called Hollingworth, derived from Old English words hole(g)n, meaning holly, and worð, meaning enclosure.

Holmes (my spouse’s mother’s paternal line)
Scottish—This is probably a habitational surname from Holmes near Dundonald or from a place so called in the barony of Inchestuir. It might also be a topographic name for someone who lived on an island, in particular a piece of slightly raised land lying in a fen or partly surrounded by streams. If this were the case, then this surname might be derived from the Middle English and Middle Low German word holm or the Old Norse word holmr. The Middle English word holm is a variant of holin, which means holly.

Holt (my mother’s maternal line)
English—This surname is topographical, derived from the Old English word holt, which means forest, wood, grove, thicket; wood. It is more common in the Lancashire area than elsewhere.

Holway (my mother’s maternal line, two lines)
English—The roots of the Anglo-Saxon surname are derived from the Old English word hol, meaning hole or hollow, and the Middle English word wei or wai or the Old English word weġ, all meaning the way or path.

Hoo (my spouse’s mother’s paternal line)
English—In East Anglia and England, this might be a topographic name for someone who lived on a spur of a hill, derived from the Old English word hoe or hoh, meaning spur of a hill. The surname may also derive from any of the minor places named with this word, such as Hoo in Kent and Hooe in Devon and Sussex. It might also be derived from the Middle English word hoo or Old English word hēo, both meaning she.

Hooper (my father’s paternal line)
English—This is an occupational surname for someone who fitted wooden or metal hoops on wooden casks and barrels, from the Middle English word hoop, meaning hoop or band.

Horner (my brother-in-law’s family)
English—This is an occupational name for someone who made or sold small articles made of horn, a metonymic occupational name for someone who played a musical instrument made from the horn of an animal, or a topographic name for someone who lived at a horn of land.

Houghton (my brother-in-law’s family)
English—A habitational surname derived from the Old English words hoh, meaning ridge or spur (literally ‘heel’) and tun, meaning enclosure or settlement. In Lancashire and South Yorkshire, the first element is derived from the Old English word halh, meaning nook or recess.

Howland (my mother’s paternal line)
English—Of Anglo-Saxon origin, this locational surname comes from any one of the various places in England called Holland or Hoyland in Essex, Lancashire, Lincolnshire, and Yorkshire. All these places share the same meaning and derivation—land on or by a ridge, derived from the Old English words hoh, meaning ridge or spur/heel, and land, meaning land.

Hüber/Huber (my father’s paternal line)
Swiss—This is a status surname based on the Middle High German word huobe, meaning a measure of land varying in size at different periods and in different places but always of considerable extent, appreciably larger than the holding of the average peasant. The surname usually denotes a prosperous small farmer and probably one of the leading men of his village.

Hudson (my mother’s paternal line)
English—This interesting Anglo-Scottish surname is a patronymic. It derives from the personal name Hudde, which might be a nickname form of the pre-7th Century Old Saxon name Hugh, meaning mind or heart. Hudde might also be a nickname form of the Germanic and French Ricard or Richard. Finally, it might be from the Old English personal name Huda, which gave its name to places such as Huddington in Worcestershire. In England, Hudson is especially popular in Yorkshire.

Huey (my spouse’s stepmother’s family)
Flemish—In general the spelling as Huey derives from the French-Flemish Huguenot Hue, Huet, and Hughe, from the areas of Bruges, Normandy, and Tournaise and all originating from the pre-7th Century Old Saxon name Hugh, meaning mind or heart

Hüffer/Huffer (my father’s paternal line)
Swiss—From the Germanic personal name Hugifrid, this surname is composed of the word hug, meaning head, mind, spirit, and the word frid, meaning peace. It was a status name for a prosperous small farmer.

Huggart (my spouse’s father’s maternal line)
German—This surname’s origins are unknown. Perhaps it is of Norse origin from the word huggert, meaning cutlass—a short sword with a curved blade. The Old Norse word hǫgg means slash, stroke, cut, as does the Danish word hugge.

Hugh/Hughes (my spouse’s mother’s maternal line and my mother’s paternal line)
Welsh/English—From the Old French personal name Hu(gh)e, introduced to Britain by the Normans, derived from the Germanic word hug, meaning head, mind, spirit. Hughes is the patronymic form from the Middle English and Anglo-Norman French personal name Hugh.

Hull (my mother’s maternal line)
English—This surname has a number of possible origins. It might be of English locational origin from one of the places thus called in Cheshire, Somerset, and East Riding, Yorkshire. The derivation is from the Old English pre-7th Century word hyll, meaning hill. It might also be a topographical name for a dweller on or by a hill. The sound represented by the Old English “y” developed in various ways in the different dialects of Middle English and in the west and central Midlands, it became a “u”, thus the spelling hull evolved.

Hunter (my spouse’s mother’s maternal line)
English—This ancient surname is of Anglo-Scottish origins, derived from the Old English pre-7th Century word hunta, meaning to hunt, with the agent suffix -er, meaning one who does or works with. The term was used not only of hunters on horseback of game such as stags and wild boars but also as a nickname for bird catchers and poachers.

Hurst (my mother’s paternal line)
English—This surname might have been for someone who lived on a wooded hill, from the Old English word hyrst. Or, this surname might be locational from one of the places named Hurst/Hirst in Berkshire, Kent, Northumberland, Somerset, Warwickshire, Northumberland. or West Yorkshire.

Hussey (my spouse’s father’s maternal line)
English—This surname might be of Norman origin and be locational from Houssaye, a place in Seine-Maritime, whose name is derived from the Old French word hous, meaning holly. Hosie might also be a nickname, a derivation from the Old French word h(e)use, meaning booted, originally denoting someone who wore boots of an unusual design, or it might derive from the Old English pre-7th Century word hus(e)wif, indicating a woman in charge of her own household.

Hutchinson (my spouse’s mother’s paternal line)
English—This surname is a patronymic and diminutive form of the original personal name Hugh, a Norman-French name with pre-7th Century Old German origins. It is derived from the word hug, meaning heart or soul, plus the additives kin, meaning close relative, and -son, meaning son of.

Well, that’s it for the H surnames… Next up is a two-for-one special…the I and J surnames.


For more information on the origins of many surnames, check out Almwch Data, Behind the Name, Irish Origenes, Surname Database, Surname Meanings and Origins, Surname Web, and Wiktionary.

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