Naming Patterns of a Different Kind
As I venture along in my genealogy research, I find some rather interesting naming “patterns”, if it’s to be called that. Generally when one thinks of naming patterns in one’s family, one thinks of patterns in naming children. For example, my father’s family has a naming pattern in that each branch of the family had one son with the patterned name. My great grandfather was Dennis Joseph McHUGH. One of his sons, my grandfather, was named Joseph Dennis McHUGH. My father, therefore, is Dennis Joseph. It sounds as if that would make tracing that line easy. However, it may be that somewhere along the road a Dennis Joseph or a Joseph Dennis was one of my ancestral grandfather’s brothers, not my ancestral grandfather. For example, the father of my great-grandfather Dennis Joseph may have been Joseph Dennis. Or it may have been Patrick James, who had a brother named Joseph Dennis. So while the naming pattern is likely going to be helpful when I get to researching past this great-grandfather, it is not a given that it will be easy.
The naming pattern I am focusing on for this entry is a surname pattern, though as implied above, it isn’t a typical pattern in that most likely, it was not a planned phenomenon. I’ve mentioned the surnames in question in previous posts, but for the sake of determining whether DNA could make sense of the “patterns”, I will put them all together in this post.
The grandfather of my maternal grandmother, Regina “Jean” DOYLE, was William DOYLE (abt 1843-abt.1887). His wife was Mary DEVER (abt. 1846-abt.1925). They had 9 children, the first of which (John, 1864 - ?) was my great-grandfather on my mother’s maternal line. One of John’s sisters, Mary Ann (aka Mame; 1875-1968) married an Edward TIGHE (1870-bef. 1959). Mary Ann was born in Pittston, Luzerne County, PA; it us unknown where Edward was born. At some point and in some order, this couple had 4 children (Harold, Marie, Francis and John) and moved to Chicago, Illinois, where Mame died. Mame is pictured below.
Yet another twist in the DOYLE/TIGHE branch belongs to my great-grandfather John J. DOYLE's brother PETER, and Blanche's husband, Bill TIGHE. Peter DOYLE's daughter, Gertrude (06 Mar 1894 - 25 May 1982) married Lawrence KELLY (dates unknown). Bill TIGHE's parents, I believe, were James and Elizabeith (HUGHES) TIGHE. Their daughter, Anna, Bill's sister, also married a Lawrence Kelly. I believe this family also hailed from Pittston, Luzerne County, PA.
So in my one big family, we have two separate TIGHE lines, two separate WILLIAMS lines, two separate KELLY lines, and two separate McHUGH lines. Since no one has been able to connect either pairings of surnames to another, this isn’t exactly a planned pattern, but it formed a pattern nonetheless. I often wonder if DNA testing could determine if there are in fact any connections between these like-named families.
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