7/3/13

My Name Is America

What's in a name? Everything! The power of a name and its value has long been immortalized in prose, poetry, and religious ceremony. Everyone recognizes himself or herself by name.

What's in the name America?
~The first name of America gives one an eagerness for knowledge and an intense desire to do something worthwhile in life.
~A person named America longs for freedom from restrictions and for outlets from restlessness, and does not tolerate drudgery and monotony.
~America, it isn't easy for you to take advice, therefore, you tend to work independently.
~You suffer inner turmoil especially when you feel misunderstood, and being sensitive, you are easily hurt and offended.
~Many people do not realize that you have a depth to your nature resulting from having thought a lot about life in many facets.


America's in my Georgia Family Tree

America Taylor Pittman
Nov. 16, 1805 - Aug. 24, 1872
daughter of
James Greene and Martha Patsy Taylor Pittman
wife of
Benjamin Woods Cash
mother of
Marion Linton, Ethelred Green, Julianne, Noah Bee and Martha America Cash
America Harden Pittman
1820 ~ 1870
daughter of
Jefferson and Rachel Harden Pittman
wife of
Jackson Boyd Sloan
mother of
 Florence, Robert, Mary Jane, Jackson Boyd,  and Jabez Henry Sloan
Martha America Pittman
Feb. 22, 1836 ~ March 19, 1898
daughter of
Pleasant Owen and Susannah Benton Pittman
wife of
Cephus W. Matthews
mother of
Effie, Charles, Noah, Mary Lou, Milton, and Edith Matthews
Martha America Cash
April 16, 1839 ~ July 1904
daughter of
Benjamin Woods and America Taylor Pittman Cash
As was the custom and tradition in the early 1800's, children were named after close relatives.  Such was the case with three of these America's.  America Taylor was the first to bear a name that reflected her father's service in the Revolutionary War, his love of country and dedication as a Georgia statesman.  America Harden and Martha America Pittman were named after their Aunt America Taylor, and Martha America Cash after her mother, the first America.
 
As most 'Trend/Fad' names do, the name 'America' in the Pittman Family Tree ended with Martha America Cash...so far in the research. However, the pride and patriotism of our early ancestors in 'America' has not waivered.

 Our love of Country and Flag is still a tradition as seen in the 'Sleeping Baby on Stars and Stripes' photo.

That sleeping baby, a descendant of the first America, is today a Pittman American Beauty from Texas.


John Adams Presidential Coin"The dons, the bashaws, the grandees, the patricians, the sachems, the nabobs, call them by what names you please, sigh and groan and fret, and sometimes stamp and foam and curse, but all in vain.

The decree is gone forth, and it cannot be recalled, that a more equal liberty than has prevailed in other parts of the earth must be established in America."  John Adams

Letter to Patrick Henry, June 3, 1776

8 comments:

  1. We try to utilize family names too Sue, whether first or last...

    Might be in a middle name or even in a confirmation name but the names carry on as do we. We're a hardy bunch so they can be repeated especially if they is a favorite person.

    Lets just say "we're new here!"
    I'm the granddaughter of three immigrants and my other grandfather was a first gen. immigrant.

    All of us with tremendous pride in America.

    God Bless you and yours.

    Your friend miss money pen.. oh I mean Jen!! lol

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  2. Well, God Bless America and all the Pittman American Beauties.

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  3. I haven't found an America in my family tree, but we did have a George Washington among the Eastern Band Cherokee. I thought that was interesting.

    Shannon at The Warrior Muse

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  4. I've never heard of anyone named America but love the name for a person. What an incredible legacy!

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  5. The only America I ever knew was a character in a book. It's a lovely name, and as Thistle Cove Farm already said, what a legacy!

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  6. Hi Sue .. love that they named their children after their country and that continued on ..

    Happy Fourth of July ...

    Fascinating to read .. cheers Hilary

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  7. Oh that is a great Patriotic name! My friend has a grand daughter named Liberty! They are very patriotic and ore unique names then most today!

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