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Re: Confused Kessinger
Posted by: Ila Deloris (Kasinger) (ID *****9366) Date: July 19, 2004 at 14:40:07
In Reply to: Confused Kessinger by Linda McKee Kau of 1003

Hi again Linda,

I was going to forward the following to your email address, but it was not listed; so will add it here.

by Ila Deloris (Kasinger) Chestnut

The “SOLOMON, WHO?” Problem

Along with the problem of the multiple spellings of the family name (of which there are currently 34 spellings known), there is the problem of so many duplicate names.

It was very common for a man to name his sons after himself, his father, and his older or favorite brothers. Because of this, a single family may have three or four Johns or Jacobs in a row.

And to compound this problem, several sons may name their sons after their father; so that you have several Solomons, or Andrews, or Isaacs in the same generation. This leads to a really bewildering confusion when one tries to trace their ancestral lines back in time and space.

In our early Kessinger family, “Solomon” is the major name that has caused the greatest confusion.

Some researchers still believe that our earliest ancestor in America, was named Solomon, and that he came from Germany. Others believe that his father in Germany was also named Solomon. Most researchers today are convinced that Solomon Kessinger was not the first; but that there is enough evidence available to prove that Andreas Kessinger was the progenitor of most of our Kessinger families in America. We start our generation counting with his son Solomon; whom we refer to as Solomon I.

Andreas Kessinger married Susanna Fisherin; one of their sons was named Solomon I.
Solomon Kessinger I married Elizabeth Greenwalt; one of their sons was named Solomon II.
Solomon Kessinger II married Elizabeth Logsdon; one of their sons was named Solomon III.
Solomon Kessinger III married Rebecca Fenwick; one of their sons was named Solomon IV.

To confuse the case a little more; Solomon II’s brothers, Joseph and Andrew, also decided to name one of their children after dear old dad. And we have, at least, 3 Solomon Kessingers in the same area at the same time. (If not more.)

And then, just to thoroughly confuse researchers; when Solomon I died (about 1836); Solomon II was then referred to as Solomon Sr.; and his son, Solomon III was called Jr.

Andrew Kessinger (Casinger) married Catharine “Caty” Hall; one of their sons was named Solomon.

Joseph Kessinger married Ruth Logsdon; one of their sons was named Solomon “Monie” (this is my line). This is the line that many of the Missouri and Arkansas families can be traced back to.

One can see how these problems presented the earlier researchers, (as well as today’s researchers,) with confusing information -- which led many of them down “the wrong paths”.

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