Barry's Relatively Speaking: A True Story

Posted on Sep 06, 2012

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

I have ADAMS ancestors on both sides of my family, and the early ones continue to be elusive. The main trouble with one line is this: my grandfather was John ADAMS, son of John ADAMS, son of John ADAMS. No middle name -not even an initial. Just "John".

Some years ago, a lady in Illinois, with whom I was exchanging data, said she believed some of our ADAMS ancestors deliberately tried to camouflage their heritage. With strong political feelings, some of them did not want to be identified with the Presidential family. I discounted this theory at the time.

Later however, I had to change my mind. In writing up my own family, I noticed that a Great Aunt of mine, in the late 1800's had married, as her second husband, a Mr. N. Q. ADAMS. He was a fine, well-known man - though no relation to my own ADAMS kin.

Each note I had about him always gave his name as "N. Q.". Not wanting to use just initials, I wrote to a daughter of my Great Aunt, and asked what his full name was. She replied, "His name was 'Non Quincy ADAMS'."

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