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Logan County Poetry
Ten Commandements for Names

  1. Thou shalt name your male children:
    James, John, Joseph, Josiah, Abel, Richard, Thomas, William
  2. Thou shalt name your female children:
    Elizabeth, Mary, Martha, Maria, Sarah, Ida, Virginia, May
  3. Thou shalt leave NO trace of your female children.
  4. Thou shalt, after naming your children from the above lists,
    call them by strange nicknames such as: Ike, Eli, Polly,
    Dolly, Sukey. ---making them difficult to trace.
  5. Thou shalt NOT use any middle names on any legal
    documents or census reports, and only where necessary,
    you may use only initials on legal documents.
  6. Thou shalt learn to sign all documents illegibly so that your
    surname can be spelled, or misspelled, in various ways:
    Hicks, Hicks, Hix, Hixe, Hucks, Kicks
  7. Thou shalt, after no more then 3 generations, make sure that all
    family records are lost, misplaced, burned in a court house
    fire, or buried so that NO future trace of them can be found.
  8. Thou shalt propagate misleading legends, rumors, & vague
    innuendo regarding your place origination:
    (A) you may have come from : England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales.... or Iran.
    (B) you may have American Indian ancestry of the______tribe......
    (C) You may have descended from one of three brothers that came over from______
  9. Thou shalt leave NO cemetery records, or headstones with legible
  10. Thou shalt leave NO family Bible with records of birth,
    marriages, or deaths.

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