Madie Ruth Morton, and a grandson, Jackson Evan Morton. (Madie is pronounced "May-Dee.")
Both of their names have connections to family. Madie Ruth's middle name, Ruth, was my paternal grandmother's middle name. Mary Ruth Thomas Maloy was born on May 16, 1896, and my Dad, was the 9th of her 11 children! Two of her children died within a few days of each other during the great flu epidemic of 1918. She was a woman of great faith and loved the Lord with all her heart. She was what some would call a "shouting Baptist." I was embarrassed as a little girl when attending church with her, but would sure love to attend church with her now...
Both of Jackson's names have family history. Jackson was my husband's great-great grandfather's name. He was born August 3, 1817. We actually have an old newspaper article from 1907 where he was being interviewed. It says:
"although nearly 92 years of age, Mr. Morton stands straight as an arrow.
His eyes are keen and he stands 6 feet, 2 inches. His speech is quick, with no waver in it. He is a "hale and hearty" survivor of Georgia's Indian Wars.
He was cutting wood when interviewed, and from his looks and activity,
one would not take him for more than sixty years."
Jackson's middle name Evan, is a version of his maternal grandmother's maiden name, Evans. (I know that was a lot of information, but I like to document things such as this on my blog.)