Monday, August 26, 2013

(ROBERTS) What's In A Name?

My great-great-great-grandfather was named Jehoiada S. Roberts. After Jehoiada's wife, Maria, died, her property was to be sold to pay debts. The government workers involved contacted the widower about the land. One of them stated, in Maria's official probate records, that he was waiting in case “the old chap with the long front-name wanted to come in.”

Well! With comments like that, I suppose I might have decided to go by “J. S. Roberts” too!

What's in a name? In the Old Testament, Jezebel's daughter, Athaliah, married the king of Judah and introduced idol worship. She also killed all of the heirs to the throne, except for one baby, Joash, who was stolen away to safety. Six years later, the high priest Jehoiada overthrew usurping Queen Athaliah, established Joash as king, and restored the worship of Jehovah. In death, Jehoiada was honored by being buried with the kings of Judah. "Long front-name," sure, but what a great namesake!

1 comment:

  1. Beverly Roberts FenwickOctober 13, 2013 at 6:36 AM

    Very Interesting! Will enjoy reading your Blog about the Roberts family History,
    we have almost no information prior to John Henry Roberts, (Great Grandfather).
    Thank you for sending your Blog.