Friday, March 27, 2009

What's in a name?

Sometime after 1910 William Evan Davies changed his name to William Mullen (going by the nickname Bert). There are two theories about why he changed his name - 1) he was in trouble in Pennsylvania and changed his name when he moved west, or 2) he disliked his father and disassociated himself by changing his name when he moved west. Little was known about Bert's death except that he died in a mining accident in the 1920's. I recently found the following newspaper obituary in the Routt County (Colorado) Sentinel newspaper, 31 Dec 1920 issue, page 1.

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