My husband and I have something in common; our grandparent’s surname.
My husband would always talk about his mother and how her side of the family, the Burtons, were from the Eastern Shore of Virginia; Accomack, Virginia.
When my parents began to age and take ill, I started inquiring about my family ancestors. One evening, while sitting around a family table, with my family members,my dad mentioned his mother, whose, maiden name was Burton, was from Accomack, Virginia. The information he gave did not dawn on me at that moment. Then all of a sudden a bell went off and I began thinking to myself, where did I hear the name Accomack? I then recalled my husband having mentioned Accomack in his conversation to me about his family members. Then I realized, not only was Accomack familiar, but so was the surname, Burton. His grandfather and my grandmother had the same surname, Burton, and both were from Accomack, Virginia.
Fourteen years later and still searching my ancestor roots, my husband and I have not crossed over into each others relatives. We did find out that many of the slave owners in that part of Virginia were the Burtons and the Mapps for which we have on both sides of our family.
I continue to find bits and pieces of information that has made my search quite a journey.
To complete my story, about my husband and I having grandparents with the same surname and both born in Accomack, Virginia, we found out we were descendants of slaves. The slave owners were the Burtons and the Mapps.