As we all know, when you get past 1850,the best records are church records and wills.

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So, when you get to the 1840 census,we have to look for church records and wills to get possible relatives
WikiTree profile: Abimelec Pate
asked in Genealogy Help by Howard Rankin G2G6 Mach 3 (31.3k points)

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Why do these questions keep getting posted on this profile?  This question is not related to the profile and is generic question.  The questions about Abimilec Pate are also the same thing over and over and making the profile messy looking.
answered by Kelly Hardcastle G2G Crew (700 points)
Kelly, I went to look at the profile and I have a question.

They supposedly have children that have one name, and then others that have two. I find that questionable.

In the families I am working on (admittedly in England) the use of single names is consistent most of the time. When two names appear it usually points to the possibility of different parents
Never occurred to me since I only go by what I find in census records, family bibles or family tradition and add to my profiles the best I can.  Let me go check out your family and see what you mean

This is one I have been working on

https://www.WikiTree.com/wiki/Buckingham-547

Although Abimilec is farther back, the remaining family is found together in census records.  There is a book written by a grandson explaining the family plus other related families travels from Alabama to Texas.  There is obituaries corroraborating the sibling relationships.  There is a couple of family books that also tell the story. I and others have collected so much on the family and I only post like a 10th of my sources.  I just don't have time to add every source I have.

The profile you mentioned is much farther back.
No probs Kelly, the Pate profile is quite complicated.
Marion, I've been working largely on my Scottish line and most of them, but not all, have a single forename.  What I have found is, those with a second forename usually are given it to memorialise someone.  The parents are absolutely the same, so it's not a case of mixing them up with someone else.  One recent .. oh, wait, I haven't actually added him yet .. still working down the sibling list .. case is my 3Xgreat-grandfather's nephew.  When gggGrand's brother was killed by an exploding boiler, the sister back in Scotland named her next son after him.  Brother's name was Robert, surname (and maiden name of the babe's mother) was Gordon .. so the boy was named Robert Gordon (last name).  The only other member of the family (of that generation in that line) to be double-barrelled was the older sister of Robert Gordon .. Isabella Kerr.  I have yet to discover where the "Kerr" came from (and whoever transcribed the original records wrote it up as Ken on her death registration).

So not every case is indicative of different parents.

The other thing I have noted is the tendency to have more than one forename after they emigrated to Australia.  I cannot help but wonder if there's not some cultural thing happening there, or if it's more of the "let us remember those who went before".  (Naming a daughter (girl name) (Wallace) (last name) pretty much says "I'm naming my child after her grandfather (or great-grandfather).)

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