I have a question about the given name of "Young" in the early 1800's.I have seen "Young" used by several families during this time period and have been told by some that "Young" was their ancestors given name and not a nickname like we would use "Jr." or "Junior" when a son is named the same as his father.
Every reference I have been able to find regarding my Young J SWALLOW has always shown "Young J".I know Young was born in Overton County TN abt 1818 and married Samantha Patsy STEWART in Overton County abt 1842-43.
Now the question - during this time period in Overton County would "Young" have been a given name or a nickname, indicating that he and his father shared the same name.
If this family followed the normal naming pattern then Young's first son would have been named after the wife's father, which he was - David, after Patsy's father David Stewart.Their second son was named Jacob, so if the naming pattern continued to be followed then that would indicate that Young's father was named Jacob....which makes me wonder if in this case Young might be a nickname and his name is also Jacob.
Would appreciate any thoughts regarding this and if anyone has any information on this family line I would be grateful.Young J SWALLOW is my BRICKWALL...and I would love to tear it down!!!