The Naming Pattern
The Scots traditionally named their first born son for the paternial father but, there was also an alternate naming patern which is what we find in this case. That being, the first born son was named for the maternial father. James and Rebecca named their first son Joseph for Joseph Greenwood, Rebecca's father...
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Others have named Thomas McCracken of Northampton as the brother of Robert, if this is a fact then we can probably assume, from the naming pattern of the Scots, that their father's name is John because Thomas named his first son John. One researcher says - "Robert McCracken, born in Northern Ireland, perhaps Belmont, Co. Down, about 1708-1709..." Read More >>