My great grandmother Ophelia Jones Bryant, I've written about quite a bit on this blog. Her photograph is what inspired me to learn more about my ancestors. Anyway, there's this thing that had been bothering me for a long time that I did not know about her.
Image courtesy of Ancestry.com
"T" was all I knew of Ophelia's middle name. Until now...
Her middle name was Thomson/Thompson!
What's cool about this find is that I know now why my grand aunt Eloise Thompson Bryant Grigsby's middle name was Thompson. I then asked myself the question, why did Rosa Mitchell Jones, Ophelia's mother, choose Thompson for Ophelia's middle name? I thought about it some. I looked at census records to see if there was perhaps a neighbor who had the Thompson surname. Then I remembered this.
Rosa's sister Margaret "Maggie" Mitchell of Riverdale, NC married a William Thompson. Maybe the Mitchell and Thompson families were friends. Perhaps giving Ophelia the middle name "Thompson" was Rosa's way of honoring that family.