A name is usually not given lightly. It represents thought and feelings and can be significant to the researcher. Such is the case of my Great Great Grandfather Rene Marion Pittman.
His unusual given name of Rene was a source of speculation that led to assumptions landing previous family researchers in France. The following is part of a post where that myth was debunked.
At the TOP of the Pittman Family Branch, Irene had traced as far back as Rene Marion Pittman from Alsace Lorraine, France who came to America and married a Black Dutch woman...according to her notes. Right off the bat, I'm wondering how a Frenchman...which could be with a name like Rene, got a surname like Pittman which I knew was not French, and how his wife could be Dutch and black. (excerpt from Leatherwood-Pittman Myths Debunked)
Rene Marion Pittman Myth .... Debunked
Rene Marion Pittman was Born, Raised and Died in Georgia, USA!
His wife, Mary Anne Howell Pittman was Born, Raised and Died in Georgia, USA...was not Dutch or Black.
Since the 'debunking', continued research has led to the discovery and the source of my Great Great Grandfather Rene Marion's name which was one I could not resist digging into.
What a surprise and significant treasure of genealogical information the name NAPIER has revealed.
Tracks of Rene Marion Pittman's Ancestors is the next segment of
Tracks of My Georgia Ancestors.
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