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Proof that Redden & Malachi Moye Denmark are adopted

Proof that Redden & Malachi Moye Denmark are adopted

Posted: 3 Jan 2012 11:46PM GMT
Classification: Query
NAMES CHANGED LEGALLY IN GEORGIA, 1800-1856
One of the problems facing the genealogist is tracing persons whose names have been changed. In Georgia, alterations and changes in
names and legitimizations were made by legislative act until the Act of March 6, 1856 which gave this power to the Inferior Court of
the county of residence This Act established the procedure for adopting a child so as to render it capable of inheriting, the procedure
to change a name and the procedure for the father of an illegitimate child to render the child legitimate. The name changes listed here
give as much information as could be gleaned from the Acts of the General Assembly from 18oo to 1856. In some cases only the
previous name and the new name is given. In other cases, specifically in case of legitimizations, the names of the fathers and counties
of residence also were given. Names for which no footnotes are indicated are given in the list as a name altered and changed without a
specific reason, though in some cases it would seem that these were legitimizations. Footnote (I) has been used only if the Act states
that the child was born out of wedlock, that the father was his "reputed" father, or he was recognized as illegitimate. Where two
counties are given, the first is the place of residence of the person whose name is changed and the second is the place of residence of
the father.
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residence: Date of Act: 11-18-1802

Name changed to: Name changed from: State of Georgia:

Denmark, Malachi Malachi Moye Georgia 11-18-1802
Denmark, Redden Redden Moye Georgia 11-18-1802

Re: Proof that Redden & Malachi Moye Denmark are adopted

Posted: 4 Jan 2012 12:54PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Denmark, Rigdon, Brown, Richardson
Thank you for posting this. I am descended from Malachi (through son Malachi Denmark m. Rebecca Rigdon>John Daniel Denmark m. Mary Brown>Matilda Virginia Denmark m. John Richardson), and knew about this, but had not seen an actual source for it.

Re: Proof that Redden & Malachi Moye Denmark are adopted

Posted: 4 Apr 2013 4:49PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 4 Apr 2013 5:18PM GMT
Surnames: Denmark
Hmm. This is interesting because Malachi is my.. uhh.. great-great-great-great-great grandfather (John Eldred Denmark is my grandfather). I have documentation stating that William B. Denmark was having children with Anna Moye while married to Mary Mourning Moye. Could this just be a situation of the children wanting to be called by their father's name since they were born illegitimately?
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Re: Proof that Redden & Malachi Moye Denmark are adopted

Posted: 8 Apr 2013 6:32PM GMT
Classification: Query
Hummmm
Hi Meghanadaugherty
This could be , I never took in consideration this fact!
Thanks, i will now re-think this.

Re: Proof that Redden & Malachi Moye Denmark are adopted

Posted: 9 Apr 2013 3:43AM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 9 Apr 2013 3:59AM GMT
Surnames: Denmark
Hey, no problem!! If there's anything else you want to see, let me know! When gran and grandpa died, my mother stumbled upon all of the old documents that they had gathered from the Statesboro Regional Library, so we have TONS of awesome, informative things about the Denmarks.

I'm pretty sure I actually have a photocopy of the inside of their bible, which back then, that was considered an "official document".

Re: Proof that Redden & Malachi Moye Denmark are adopted

Posted: 9 Apr 2013 3:57PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Denmark
Also, I was just talking to my mom and asked her about this, and she told me that while it was a pretty scandalous thing, Anna was also living with William B. and Mourning and he was err.. going back and forth between the two. I know that's gross, but I guess it's pretty common knowledge. She said she read about it in the Chassereau family history, who we are related to as well.

So, when Mourning passed away and he finally married Anna, the boys (Redden and Malachi) took the Denmark name as it was common knowledge that the two boys were his.

I'm going to try to find out more if I can connect with Dean Iler Denmark, our last living relative in Leefield where my grandfather grew up.
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