I know that you are a very valiant researcher, and that your heart has been very kind to many other people in their research.
There was an older strand of discussion that I had recently commented upon, but because it was so hidden, I decided to repost it in more open territory.Several of us seems to have very similar stories about a Partain coming south from Canada.So, I wanted to remind people that maybe they are from a different strand.So, maybe I could have chosen a more careful headline...pardon me, please.(pun intended!);-)
Mainly, in my family's case, we have exhausted the normal lines of research, which involve heavy doses of realism and cynicism on the part of old family tales.But as the local environs really bear no veins of usable records, then maybe old grandpa wasn't stretching the truth too far..or maybe it was made of whole cloth.
So what we are hoping to do is to analyze what might have been a few generations earlier to see if we can follow that down till it matches up with what we do know...for example if we could find a "partain" heading in the right direction with the right names, then maybe we could then find better local records.
That is why I am very interested in other people's family tales, because they, in stereoscopic comparison, might reveal holes or patterns with mine own.
I am further suspicious of the English origins of Parton/in itself.I don't like the typical "pear garden" thoughline.I prefer that maybe a tie in to parrish town, as in Parten in Germany does. ( out of the Pfarr-town concept). Then maybe Parton is a nearsynonym for Churchhill...funny thought...
I really like the work that Kimberly Partain has done on Partain.com, where she posted the Partain census records..I have a bit of HTML skills, and I would be happy to help anyone created a more complete on-line record for people to browse.
The census itself has a website I found once but lost where it shows graphic maps of name distributions over time.It showed that the Partain/on/in names were rooted in Arkansas, northern Goergia, Alabama, and Tennessee.These territories were all former Cherokee lands, and except northern Georgia, were part of the French settlement areas.It is very likely that for these families someone in the family line was either indian or french of they were there before 1830, although the most likely story is that it was not through the patronymic line, but instead from one of the "mother partains", who stories were converted into partain stories as time went by..
Doris, I really didn't mean to cause you original level of alarm, and I didn't mean to encourage wholesale belief in folk tales.But I think you came down awfully quick to dismiss my posting, when you didn't know what my posting was about.But I do want to be friendly with you in the future, and I have enjoyed reading your many posting before.
Do you have any sense of where Partains are called "Par-tuhns" like parton, and where Partains are called "Par-tanes", like trains?Is it geographical,, or just odd habits?
As an aside, part of my steam comes from people never being able to guess my name.I am always called Parton, Partian, Partani, or the like, but never by my own name.That breeds a certain head of steam, and I guess I just wanted people in the Partain section to remember that some of us are Par-tanes and not Par-tuhns.
Sorry if I offended anyone else beyond Doris.I most seriously apologize to Doris, and hope that my statements are now clearer for the retelling.