Is It a Clue?
One of my brick walls is James Crawford. Unfortunately, James is a common name and there seems to be multiple James Crawford families wherever my ancestor moves. Even though I’ve worked hard to separate the various families, I still haven’t been able to figure out how all of these James Crawfords might be related. Nor, have I been able to identify parents for my James Crawford.
To make sure I found all of the Nelsons, I ran a descendancy report for five generations and then searched for Nelson.
I also ran reports for James and Martha (Knight) Crawford, James and Rebecca (Anderson) Crawford and Alexander and Mary (McPheeters) Crawford. I did not find any Nelson Crawfords in those reports.
Thus, I’m wondering whether the name, Nelson, is a clue!
Using the Scottish naming convention, the given name might help me find the father of James.
- The first son is named after the father’s father;
- The second son is named after the mother’s father;
- The third son is named after the father.
- The first daughter is named after the mother’s mother;
- The second daughter is named after the father’s mother
- The third daughter is named after the mother.
If James Crawford followed the convention, then his father could be named Nelson.
So, is this a clue worth pursuing?