Re: William D.A.M Long 1810-1863 SC>AL>TN>TX
Yes, the family liked long names and it may even be a regionalism.Only the first two or three had short names and the rest long.Generally they would sign with their first name and next initial, such as William D. Long, and then be called by their third name, such as Albert.Interesting.
I have never come across a single document that proves that the "D" in William D. Albert M. Long's name is Darling.If you have evidence for it, I would love to know for certain.WDAM Long's older brother was named Darling, for sure, and it seems weird that they would both have the same name.And his name was only Darling, no middle initial.His sister Izett (my ancestress) had only one name, as far as I can tell, but she continued the tradition of multiple names with her first 3 children.Her son was always "James W. Richardson" in documents, but "Jackson" (his third name), otherwise.
Darling did not come to Texas.The family moved from Fairfield Co, SC to Limestone Co, AL to Fayette Co, TN.Darling then moved to Ittawamba Co, MS while the rest of his siblings moved to Texas, stopping in Clark Co, AR on the way.
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