She was named after her grandmother Frances Taylor Stone...which was the naming trend of the time. Elder Frances and baby Frances had another birth connection...they were both born in January...20 days and 68 years apart.
On January 6, 1783, Mary Julia Napier Stone gave birth to her fifth child and third daughter, Frances. Julia would have two more sons after Frances. One of which would make a life changing decision that made Frances my 3x great grandmother. Before that reveal, let's tell Frances' story based on ancestry.com facts, some historical era events and my 'Creative Writers License'...which I believe is no accidental birth right.
Marvel, Mary Julia and their children lived in one of the Colonies fighting for independence during the American Revolutionary War. Frances was 9 months old when the Treaty of Paris was signed.
When she was two years old her brother Washington Ware was born. As a strong willed and unusually mature toddler, Frances was possessive and protective of her baby brother. They developed a strong sibling bond that would see them through many difficult times including the death of a brother, separation of their parents and estrangement from their father.
In March 1804, Frances (age 21) and Washington (age 19) left Fluvanna County for Oglethrope, Georgia, to settle the estate of their brother William after his untimely death at age 32. Their mother Mary Julia had only months earlier given birth to her last child, Walter, without the support of husband Marvel, and could not make the journey. William and his lifelong friend Ichabod Byrd Pittman from neighboring Amelia County, Virginia, had set out some eight years earlier in search of adventure and the settlement of the Pittman's claim to Land Grants for their service as Sons of Liberty in the Revolutionary War.
At the reading of brother William's Last Will and Testament, Frances and Washington were named as heirs to their brothers homestead, land and all his earthly possessions. The homestead and land bordered Ichabod Byrd Pittman's land which had been deeded to both young men for their labors in settling and farming the Pittman's granted lands. Frances Jackson and Washington Ware never returned to Virginia.
No doubt, Frances as a January Capricorn, was a willing partner in the marriage contract. Her no nonsense attitude and propensity for financial security along with being the woman behind a successful man made the union feasible in her mind. Ichabod certainly must have learned and accepted early on in the marriage of Frances' devotion to her brother, mother and other family members as they all eventually became Georgia residents.
As a believer in Kismet...it was meant to be...Rene 'Rainey' Pittman was the only name I had to begin research on my Georgia ancestors.
And just over the Aquarius Rainbow...another January Grandmother, Mary Ann Howell Pittman born January 28, 1822. Wife of Rene Marion, mother of George Washington, grandmother of Chappell Columbus, great grandmother of Willard Carroll, and great great grandmother of January born 'Me'.
What do you think?
Accidental, Coincidental or Astrological.