Ann – meaning: Favored, Grace 

Some of my fondest memories were growing up on the island of Alameda in California in an old Victorian home that was the perfect place for such a large family. One day, I overheard my mom telling a younger brother how he received his name. 

“You were named after your grandfathers.” Mom explained to Tommy. “Tom was my dad, and Wilson was daddy’s father. So, there you have it, Tommy Wilson.” Mama chuckled as Tommy went racing outside to tell his neighborhood friends how he got his name.

Sliding next to my mom on the vacant spot on the couch, I asked, “How did I get my name?” 

Mama smiled as she explained. “You were named after my grandmothers, your great grandmothers. Grandma Ann was grandpa’s mom, and Anna was grandma’s mother.”

As a child, I often wondered about these grandmothers, the Anna and Annie that came before me. 

My Grandma Ann was born about 1860 in Ohio. Although I have checked records, I could not find information about her birth. On early census records and on her marriage license, her name is listed as Tamer Ann/Anna Payton. My mom and her sisters called her Grandma Ann. 

Annie was born in Cherryvale, Montgomery, Kansas, and her given name was Anna Strassburg. She died when my grandmother was young.

To learn more about my grandmothers, click on the flowing links.

Grandma Ann ~ One Sassy Lass!

Annie ~ Finding Annie 1. Finding Annie 2

2 thoughts on “Ann

  1. G’day Annie,
    Have decided those people who like my post on the Generations cafe group, I will come to visit their blog and leave a comment.
    I wonder why her name is Tamer Anna Payton? Where did the Tamer came from? That might make it difficult to find her birth.
    One of the problems I found about direct relatives being named after each other is that they often then get known by their second name, making it harder to find them in newspaper articles or their name gets abbreviated. Have you found this as well?


    1. Hi

      Thank you for stopping by. Tamer was a family name, her grandmother’s I believe. And the name changes do make it harder to research. I have found this to be true especially while researching my French Canadian roots.Still, I can’t complain too much, for the Church has maintained wonderful records.

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