Freaky Friday’s #1 ~ Jerusha

Freaked Out Letters Funny A Little Crazy WordI decided to post a blog every Friday with some of the odd or “Freaky” Genealogy discoveries I have made. I hope you enjoy my wildly odd family!

Confession time….my name is Valerie Jane. I have always disliked the name Janeme 1 yr old even though my mother told me that I was named Jane after not only herself but several other Ancestors. Her name was Emma Jane, my Grandmother was Ella Jane, my Great Grandmother was Sarah Jane, you get the picture. Growing up she always told me “if you ever have a daughter I would like you to give her the name”. I struggled with that because I couldn’t find a name that sounded good with Jane.

Jerusha babyWhen I was 12 years old, my friend and I went to the movies to see “Hawaii” starring Julie Andrews. In the film, she played the part of a missionaries wife and her name was Jerusha. I had never heard that name before but I loved it. When I put the two names together, Jerusha Jane, I knew I had found my future daughter’s name. After having 2 sons. John Pleasant and Starr Douglas, I finally got my daughter when I was 22.

Fast forward to a few months ago. I was concentrating on my Morgan family line. My 8x Great Grandfather James Morgan Jr was the first of the line to be born in the Colonies. He and his wife Mary had 7 children. Looking over the list of children there it was, they had a daughter named Jerusha. She was born in 1682. Her older sister, my 7x Great Grandmother Mercy married a man named Thomas Starr. They had a daughter whom they named Jerusha. So, her name was Jerusha Starr. This is the really FREAKY part. Remember the names of my sons? The younger one is named Starr!

After further searching through this line I have a total of 7 Jerusha’s in my Hughes Family tree.


I am a professional genealogist, writer, photographer, wife, mother, and grandma. I have two books available on Your Family History: Doing It Right the First Time and Planning Your Genealogy Research Trip. You can also connect with me via Facebook or Twitter.

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