Ina Mae had a temper, a terrible temper. That’s what her daughter-in-law, my Grandma A., told me. My dad remembered, though, that she loved it when the boys–he and his brothers–wrestled around on the floor.
Ha, speaking of my dad, I called him this morning on false pretenses. I’m worried about him, because every time I talk to him in the evening, he seems tired and rambly and, more distressing to me, uncomfortable. In the mornings, though, he sounds like his usual self. I tried to convince him to get on Facebook, but he said that the line to kick his ass already reached half way around the world and he didn’t need the whole internet coming after him, too, and he didn’t think, if he got online, that he could help but pick fights with everyone.
Anyway, I called to report that Grandpa Hick’s sister, Auntie Vi, was indeed–as confirmed by her grandson on the marvelous Facebook–named Viola Lucia. Hick and Vi’s mom, Ina Mae, had named her after her mother–Lucia Viola. Heck, in the earliest census records I found, she is listed as L. Viola, so she may have been named exactly after her grandmother and then had it flipped later.
I’ve been thinking a lot about the names Ina Mae gave her children. The oldest, the twins, were named Eva and Eva, often spelled Evah, so that you could see the pronunciation difference, but often spelled just the same. Then there’s Uncle Bill, whose real name is Carol Dewitt. Then Grandpa Hick, real name Hildreth Heistand, and then Lucia Viola, who became Viola Lucia at some point.
Judging from Vi’s name–after Ina Mae’s mother–and Hick’s name, which is two family last names (Ina Mae’s mother-in-law’s maiden name and her own maiden name), I’m suspicious that “Carol” and “Dewitt” had some meaning for her. I wonder if they may be family names. I found a lot about her dad, but nothing more about her mother than her name. I’m going to hunt for “Lucia Dewitt” or “Lucia Carol” and see what I come up with.
My point is that she took such care in naming her children, so much so that they’ve given me incredibly helpful clues about my family and how to track them down and map them out. And so I can’t help but wonder why she gave the twins what was, in essense, the same name.
Here is my suspicion. I don’t think she thought both of them would live. And, if they were both named Eva, if one died, she would still have a daughter named Eva.
I don’t know. I don’t know that there’s anyone old enough to know who’s still around. But that’s what I wonder.