Barry's Relatively Speaking: A.C. Benight - Acey B. Knight

Posted on Aug 08, 2012

Barry's Relatively Speaking shares the personal experiences and stories of genealogists found in the Everton Genealogical Helper Magazine collection on Anita shares the following experience.

When my grandfather, Albert Clayton Benight moved to Montgomery County, Iowa, he asked for credit at the only store in town, and gave his name as "A. C. Benight".

Months later a friend from Polk County was asking the storekeeper for directions to Albert Benight's house. The storekeeper said "I never heard of him". The friend repeated the name, but the storekeeper stoutly denied knowing anyone named Albert. The friend remembered that my grandfather went by his initials so he said, "Maybe you know him as A. C. Benight".

A light dawned on the storekeepers face. He flipped over a few pages of his account book and showed the name as he had written it: Acey B. Knight.

Perhaps a census taker or other official miswrote your ancestor's name in this manner. Try saying the name aloud and see what happens.

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