NO DOUBT, our family has a tendency to get into trouble. I have serious questions about the story of A.B. taking his mother's maiden name, instead of his real name of Britt.It is a possibility, but there are too many unanswered questions.My thinking on this is that the story is true, but perhaps takes place a few generations further back.The story of taking his mother's maiden name is the most common story going, I just have a hard time with it.My biggest problem with it is, if he got in trouble and changed his name to Ewton, why did his brother Caswell and their 3 sisters do the same?I would think if he was in trouble, he wouldn't want all of his family following him around and attracting attention.Those kind of events usually end up with "long lost cousin so-ans-so robbed a bank and left town."Also, I have kind of taken an unpopular position lately.Over the last year, I have begun to think our last name should be Wooton.There are stories of Franklin Polk Ewton saying that same thing.And there are lots of Wootons around there, of which A.B. had lots of dealings with.So, I'm not saying the story isn't true, but I think the circumstances were different.
In regards to his birthplace, yes, A.B. stated in all of the census records as being born in Kentucky, however, all of his children list Tennessee as the birthplace of their father.Also, his son Franklin Polk Ewton stated on his Confederate application that his father was born in "Sparty", TN, which is Sparta, TN, the county seat of White Co., TN.
Also, interestingly, A.B. states in the 1880 census that his mother was born in Virginia and father was born in North Carolina.
Well, just a few thoughts.I could be completely wrong, but regardless, until someone finds a smoking gun, it's all guesswork.Nevertheless, A.B. was certainly rowdy and ornery, and it seems to have passed down to the rest of us.