Philander Pearsall

March 17, 2008

Philander Pearsall was a grocer in 19th century Wilmington, NC. As spotted in the inventory for the William Dickson Pearson Letter.

States Rights Gist

March 6, 2008

States Rights Gist

States Rights Gist (September 3, 1831 — November 30, 1864) was a lawyer and Confederate general who served during the American Civil War. A relative of several prominent South Carolinians, Gist rose to fame later during the war but was killed during the Franklin-Nashville Campaign in November 1864.

— From an article on Wikipedia –

Working in an archive of materials related to the history of the American South, I come across quite a lot of interesting or amusing names.