When I decided to adopt Blount County, my choice was pretty much random. I just looked at the list and chose one. However, as I begin to learn more about the county, I may have more connection with the county than I knew.
I am currently developing a theory for DNA testing in Kalonji’s ancestry. My theory is that a descendant of General William Blount McClellan of Talladega, Alabama is the father of Kalonji’s great-grandfather Champ McClellan. Champ was very likely half-white. See my post on my genealogy blog for more.
What I find interesting though is that General McClellan was born in Knox County. At the time he was born, in 1798, the first governor of Tennessee was William Blount, who also was associated with Knox County and in fact died in Knox County. Was General William Blount McClellan named for William Blount? Blount county was. Did General McClellan’s father know the governor?
I guess some trends never change – naming children after popular, well-known figures of the time.