Daughters of the American Revolution, DAR Genealogical Research Databases, database online, (http://www.dar.org/ : accessed Jan.28,2020)), "Record of John Narramore", Ancestor # A081511.
My name is Ethel Jane Narramore. I was born in Dunlap, Sequatchie County, Tennessee in the 1950's to George and Bertie (Skyles) Narramore. My parents were of mostly English and Irish decent with a mixture of a few other varieties thrown in for a little excitement, which surprised me in a good way. I'm the oldest of seven children. I attended Sequatchie County High School. After graduation I attended Tennessee Tech. Later in the 70's I started work for Dupont. In the 90's I attended Chattanooga State and acquired a degree in Industrial Technology to become the first maintenance women at Chattanooga DuPont. I was the kind of "gal" that didn't want all those men making more money than me.! I was thankful I worked for a company that gave me that opportunity. After retirement I decided to renew my efforts in joining the DAR, since my entire childhood had consisted of hearing, "your great great great great grandfather fought in the Revolutionary War". But which one I always thought.!!? Unfortunately it took me 20 years to find out his name. At the insistence of my aunt's I finally attended a family reunion in Crossville, Tennessee where I found the missing piece of the puzzle "his name". I was hooked ! My aunt's were always interested in joining the DAR but could never find the connection or paper trail to get there. I had always been interested in where my ancestors came from. Prior to my retirement I had to learn researching documents at Archives, libraries, and courthouses, where I found the needed documentation to connect my lineage to the patriot John Narramore as well as Edward Narramore his father who fought in the Revolutionary War. This took many months of research and many phone calls, numerous trips to different places in the State as well as writing letters to many other States, hours of reading old documents that made my eyes ache. This was a "pre" Google and "pre" Ancestry.com world.! It required leg work and turning pages. Even after the computer age started there still wasn't sufficient information there to connect to my patriot, and I was to financially challenged to hire an expert. But all those searches paid off and led me in the right direction. I returned to the Sequatchie County Courthouse to read more 1850's meetings for the beginning of the county. This finally gave me that one sentence and my goal... The DAR. During my research, "post computer" I happened upon an ancestry line to a number of notable Americans and European Royalty. Well I couldn't stop now.!! I'm thankful my Aunt Lou as well as my Aunt Evia always insisted I attend that family reunion. As well as my Father's stories of us being Irish and of that fighting patriot. And most of all my mother for buying those encyclopedias for me to read during my childhood. It peaked my interest in the world of genealogy.
Even as a child I had been curious about my grandparents. All of them had passed away except my maternal grandparents. While I heard much about my father's side of the family growing up, it was quite the opposite on my mother's side. I didn't even know my mother's grandparents first names, not just those of her father's, but also those of her mother's. I knew my grandmother's maiden name was Farley and my grandfather's surname was Skyles. I didn't even know my maternal grandmother had a brother until I started doing genealogy. Mostly the only thing mentioned was we may be American Indian. As a child I remember hearing my maternal great grandmother's maiden name as "Oh it might be Youngblood".? Wow ! I thought, that's a neat name. Maybe that's the Native American Indian, so I filed it deep into my brain to always remember. My mother's family lived close together nearly like a small clan or tribe. All within walking distance of one another on an old one lane country dirt road. I remember asking where my mother's people were from at times but never got much of an answer other than we are part Indian. No one had specific things like the name of a tribe or where they had lived in the past. I suppose I thought I'd have plenty of time to ask the needed questions, but sadly other things in life got in the way. Maybe just thinking I had Native American blood running through my veins was enough satisfaction. We were always busy doing things for one another and had a great relationship, but they never did much talking about the past generations. When I started doing genealogy to hunt my patriot on my father's side, I started checking into my mother's family. To my surprise I started running across a great number of Revolutionary War patriot's with German descent, on my maternal grandmothers line and also patriots of Scottish decent on my paternal grandfather's line. It is surprisingly filled with many more twists, turns, odd marriages, plantations, money and property with an intriguing will that I'm still piecing together. Of course none of that money or property ever reached to me.! And I am yet to find a Native American.! Therefore my search continues.
Narramore (occasionally spelled Narrimore, Naramore, Northmore, Bynorthmore). This interesting name is of English vocational origin from either Narramore in Devonshire. Northmore in Oxfordshire, recorded "la Mora" in the Pipe Rolls of 1195, and "Mora" in the Curia Rolls of 1208, or Northmore in Cornwall. The place name may be a topographical name for someone who lived on the northern part of a moor from the Medieval English "north", North and Old English "mor", a moor. The surname itself first appears in the early 14th Century. The church records of the country of Devon record the following early entries: Aliis, daughter of William Norramor was christened at St. Mary, Tedburn, Yorkshire on October 31st 1591; One Elizabeth Noramore married John Coder at Coffinswell on October 30th 1615, while at Crediton Ursula Narramoore married Thomas Brownscombe on May 3rd 1641; At Ideford, Elizabeth Narramore married John Wreford on January 8th 1710. The earliest recording of the name in London is one William Narromore who married Sarah Bennett at St. Sustains, Stepney on October 6th 1628. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Reginald Bynorthemore, which was dated 1318, Place names of Devonshire, during the reign of King Edward 11, "Edward of Caernarfon", 1307-1327. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling. The name is taken on from several places so named in Cornwall. The place names come from Cornish words "nas", meaning "valley", and "carow," meaning "a stag" The Narramore surname as first found in Cornwall where they held a family seat as Lords of a Manor of Nancarroow. Cornwall was a land set apart, a land of mystique and quaint customs, more strongly related to Brittany and Wales than to England. It was not until the 10th century that they submitted to the Saxon rule of England. Since then, their influence has moved east into Devon, Somerset and Dorset. Cornish surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The official court languages, which were Latin and French, were also influential on the spelling of a surname. Since the spelling of surnames was rarely consistent in medieval times, and scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded rather adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings of their surname in the ancient chronicles. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into England, which access and accentuated the alterations to the spelling of various surnames. Lastly, spelling variations often resulted from the linguistic differences between the people of Cornwall and the rest of England. The Cornish spoke a unique Brythonic Celtic language which was first recorded in written documents during the 10th century. However, they became increasingly Anglicized, and Cornish became extinct as a spoken language in 1777, although it has been revived by Cornish patriots in the modern era. The name has been spelled Nacarrow, Nancarro, Nancarroe, Nancarrowe and many more.
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