My Grandfather, Leland Vincent Norris
My grandfather's name was Leland Vincent Norris. I never thought too much about his name until I began my digging into my family roots. It didn't take too long to discover that the Vincent in the name was in honor of is uncle, Vincent Norris, who had been born in Frederick County, Maryland, and who came to Montgomery County, Ohio along with his brother, Harry. Both brothers married ladies whose families owned farms; one in Van Buren Township in Montgomery County and the other in Beavercreek Township, Greene County, although they were actually only just a couple of miles away from each other. After marrying into these farming families, the Norris brothers moved onto those properties and lived and worked with their in-laws.
As I looked a little further into the family history, I could not locate any of my grandfather's ancestors who shared the name "Leland" with him. After finding no leads in either the Norris or Routsong families, I decided that my great grandparents may have simply chosen the name because they liked it. I kept that opinion until I made another discovery.
I had always known that my grandfather's cousin, Dwight Barnes, middle initial was "L", but it wasn't until I found his World War II draft registration form that I discovered his middle name was "Leland". I feel like it's too much of a coincidence that these two shared the name of "Leland" without there being some type of significance to it. Who was the original "Leland" and why would the two Routsong sisters feel strongly enough about him to name their sons after him? It is a mystery that continues to confound me!