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Martin Richards

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Martin Report 17 Dec 2002 00:33

Bruce Wall writes "have found that there are a few in the same district with the same Christian or given name. What's going on back then??" I think you'll find its down to infant mortality rates. I've been playing at this family tree stuff for a while (appear to be (distantly) related to the wife!), and have got several charts where there's george, george, george before we move on to harry. There's also a number of george, harry, henry, george type lists, so even once you were toddling, you weren't safe. But given that seven or eight generations of perhaps eight or a dozen children seem to get by with little more than george, henry, richard and thomas, why on earth did someone suddenly throw in an "Abimelech"?! What was the change that brought this one about (in 1860)? Cheers, Martin