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Re: Darby Enroughty of Henrico-1707
Posted by: Sharon Enroughty Elliot (ID *****9750) Date: September 15, 2009 at 03:52:45
In Reply to: Re: Darby Enroughty of Henrico-1707 by Pat O'Sullivan Corona of 35

A cousin of mine in Richmond, VA researched the Enroughty/Darby question many years ago by going through old birth/death/baptism/marriage records. I also did some research in the DAR library in Washingon DC. The story he discovered was slightly different. According to his research, two brothers came from England (though the Enroughty name itself originally came from Ireland) and named their sons after their father, John Darby Enroughty. As the boys grew up and had families, in order to distinguish between them, people called one family the John Enroughtys and the other the John Darbys. The names stuck..even though many of them..those who were literate enough...continued to spell the name "Enroughty" or sometimes "Enrufty."

When my father was in college in Boston in the 50s, his instructor mistakenly called him "Darby" since the only other person he had in clase with the name "Enroughty," pronounced it Darby. American Heritage has an interesting Civil War story about the name as well.

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