11 July 2013

Rincerum? Really? That Should be Lincecum!

The surname LINCECUM is not an easy one to transcribe. I know that and do not begrudge anyone's rendition of it when working hard to read those records. I'd much rather lean toward the end of being thankful for the transcribers and resulting indexes.

I do tend to chuckle, however, when I see seemingly odd attempts at a LINCECUM transcription. The latest is in the 1940 United States Census at Ancestry.com (which can be searched for free, btw). I initially couldn't find cousin Addison Lincecum where I thought he should be. But when you have this surname, you get used to that quickly. I searched using the first name of his wife, Letha, in the appropriate county and state (Wharton, Texas) and found her with the surname of RINCERUM. The family consisted of Dr. A. L., Letha, and Barnett -- that's them!

One thing I don't remember knowing (does that ever happen to you?) about cousin Addison was his work as Postmaster in El Campo, TX. It was the occupation listed in the census. It seems he held the position for about twelve years.

From Appointments of U.S. Postmasters, 1832-1971 at Ancestry.

1 comment:

Roy Boyd said...

I just stumbled upon your blog. I was in the Brenham area this week and went to where I thought Gideon's cabin was moved to(Winedale). I was wrong and did not have time to hunt it down. Gideon is my great, great, great, great grandfather on my mother's side. I have Addison's 1914 production Colt 1911 handgun that he carried when he was commissioned as a Special Ranger from 1917 to 1918. It is a my most prized gun, and I still carry it on duty from time to time. Addison was my great, great grandfather. His son (great grandfather) gave me my first deer rifle, which I still have and use to this day.

Glad I stumbled into your blog. I will have to take time to read through it.

Roy Boyd

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