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History of the surname "Eyre"

This appears to be a report from a professional genealogist. It was in the files of LaRae Mathews.

The practice of altering one’s name upon the occurrence of any remarkable event in his personal history seems to have been known in times of very remote antiquity.

A number of examples of this are to be found in the Bible, as Abram to Abraham, Saul to Paul, etc.

The new name was either assumed by the person himself, or granted by the Monarch.

Matilda Robison

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Hartshorn, Leon R., compiler. Remarkable Stories from the Lives of Latter-day Saint Women, Volume II, pp. 146, 147:

Born in New York in 1811, Matilda Robison, with her husband, Thomas Rice King, joined the Church in 1840. They crossed the plains with their seven children, settling in Fillmore, Utah, where they helped construct first a fort, then the statehouse. In 1876 the King families founded Kingston; then Thomas and Matilda were called to establish the United Order in Piute County. Sister Robison died in 1894.

Thomas Cartwright

It is said that Thomas and his family came to the United States on the steamship Clinton and landed in the Hudson River in New York City (there is some discrepancy in dates 1848–1850). They moved west in 1850 and Carolina was born as they sailed down the Ohio River.

Ann Bligh research

This is a most interesting family. The archive record of this family was prepared as if Mr. Bligh and Ann Bligh were a married couple. This is very misleading, as Ann Bligh never married. The archive record [LDS] shows 5 children born at Shelfanger to Mr. Bligh and Mrs. Ann Bligh. There were in fact 7 children born to Ann Bligh, a single woman, at Tibenham, not Shelfanger. The 2 children not shown on the archive record are Mary, christened 15 October 1769 and the second John born 13 January 1789.

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