Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Why Do We Call Parents “Mom” and “Dad”?

Calling our parents anything other than mom, dad or one of the many variations thereof is an almost alien concept to many (and in some cultures is considered downright rude). So why is it we refer to our parents in this way? Where did it come from and perhaps, more curiously, is there any culture that forgoes this seemingly universal nickname custom for parental figures?

The words can be traced back to the 1500's for “dad” and the 1800's for “mom”. As with so many etymologies, where these words were first uttered and by whom is a mystery. Even the Oxford English Dictionary has admitted that they have “no evidence” on where the word “dad” originated. The word “mom”, on the other hand, is a slightly different story and it’s widely believed that the word was born from the much older word “mamma” which itself can be traced back to the 1500s in English. This, in turn, can be traced back to Latin where “mamma” meant “breast” or “teat”. From this word,
we also got the word “mammalia” and later “mammal” to describe animals that suckle their young.
This brings us to the amazing part- a word extremely similar to “mom” occurs in almost every language on Earth. We don’t mean that there is a word for “mom” in every language; we mean that the word for “mom” is shockingly similar  across nearly all of the most commonly spoken languages on Earth.

For example, if you wanted to address your mother in Dutch you’d say “moeder”, if you were to travel to Germany on the other hand you’d call her “mutter” while over in Italy you’d refer to her as, “madre”. Now we know what you’re thinking, those are all European languages. So let’s mix things up a bit and list the words for mom or mother in some more, shall we say, “exotic” languages, from an English speaker’s point of view, and see if you start to notice a pattern:
  • Chinese: Mãma
  • Hindi: Mam
  • Afrikaans: Ma
  • Ancient Egyptian: Mut
  • Swahili: Mama
As you can clearly see from this list, there’s a very peculiar trend with “mom” in various languages in that it’s nearly universally pronounced with an “m” sound. If you’re still not convinced or think that we’re perhaps cherry picking examples, here’s a pretty exhaustive list of ways to say “mother” in a number of languages for you to peruse at your leisure. With a few exceptions, our favorite of which is the Mapunzugun “Ñuke”, you’ll note that they pretty much all employ an “m” and often a “ma” sound.
As for the word “dad”, while there is certainly more variation in the ways to address your man-mum in foreign languages, similar trends can be observed. For example, the word “Papa” is present in several languages including Russian, Hindi, Spanish and English, while slight variations on it appear in German (Papi), Icelandic (Pabbi), Swedish (Pappa) and a number of other languages across the globe. Likewise in Turkish, Greek, Swahili, Malay and several other languages the word for dad is “Baba” or a variation of it.

The current working theory to explain this fascinating phenomenon is that the words parents use to refer to themselves are derived from the babblings of their child during its “baby-talk” phase. It has been observed that babies, regardless of where in the world they’re born, naturally learn to make the same few sounds as they begin to learn to speak. It has also been noted that during the babbling stage, babies will create what is known as “protowords” by combining nonsensical combinations of consonants and vowels.

The really interesting part about these protowords is that they’re consistent across different cultures for reasons that aren’t quite clear. The words babies make in this early babbling stage tend to use the softer contestants like B, P and M, often leading to the creation of otherwise non-words like baba, papa and mama by the child in question.

It’s further theorised that as these are often the first sounds babies are able to make consistently, parents came to use them to refer to themselves, which explains why words like “mama”, “papa,” “dada”, “tata” and “baba” are present in so many languages as a way of addressing one’s parents. It’s usually less complex to say than the parent’s real names and works as a substitute that ultimately sticks.

As to why the “ma” sound in derivations like “mamma” came to be assigned to women instead of men, it is generally thought that it derived from the sound babies make while suckling or feeding. It’s noted that the only sound a baby can really make while its mouth is full of his or her mother’s life giving bosom is a “slight nasal murmur” or a repeated “m” sound.  Further, when the baby is hungry and sees the object of its foodie desires, it is not uncommon for the baby to, as linguist Roman Jakobson put it, “reproduced [it] as an anticipatory signal”.  While no one can prove this is how “mom” and its predecessor “mamma” came about, it would at the least explain why there is an almost universal trend of the word for mother in varying languages utilising the “m”, and often “ma” sound.

There is no such precise theory for why the word “dad” was specifically chosen (presumably from “dada”), but this lack of a good reason to assign “dada” to male parents over other variations like “papa”, “tata”, “baba”, etc. is perhaps why there is such variation on this one in terms of which repeated consonant is used to go along with the a’s in a given culture.

So is there any culture in which this nicknaming practise isn’t observed? There are certainly examples of cultures that don’t adhere to the idea of a nuclear family, but as far as applying similar types of nicknames to parental figures, not really… At least as far as we could find and we’re usually very good at this sort of thing and spent more hours than we care to admit trying to find the obligatory exception.  But if you happen to be an anthropologist or just someone who knows different and you know of an exception where children don’t commonly give their parental figures (whether truly their biological parents or not) some sort of nickname, please do let us know. We came up empty on it, which makes us a little uncomfortable as there seemingly always is at least one exception somewhere for just about any issue. Is this an exception to the rule that there is always an exception? It would seem so.

Source: todayifoundout.com

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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Welcome To Our Family Our Cousin



We are so glad to have an addition to our family contact us to be added to the family Facebook Group as well as to our family blog.























Her grandmother was my Mildred Blalock Gunter and her mother was my second cousin, Vicky Gunter Brown. Vicky was often in our home growing up and we always thought of her as an addition to our family.

Today, we are glad to welcome our cousin the daughter and her family of Vicky Gunter Brown to the Waters Family.

Darina Boleman is also the great-grand daughter of the late Thelma Waters Blalock.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

New Born Decendants P.Y. Waters and Nettie L. Waters Family



















Scarlett Blevins (Daughter of Amanda and Trent Blevins)



















Jamerson Blevins (Son of Amanda and Trent Blevins)












Sebastian Gary (Son Of Kelley and Lora Gary)



















Grace Gary (Daughter Of Kelley and Lora Gary)















Chloe Waters )Daughter of David and Marcie)












Landry Waters (Daughter of David and Tina Waters)



















Reese Tatum  (Son of Gayla and Andy Tatum)



















Reuben Chance Tatum (Son Of Gayla and Andy Tatum)



















Paisley Tatum (Daughter of Ricky Tatum)



















Ahora McKenzie (Daughter Of Carla Faye Houston)



















Sophia Mathis (Daughter of Marshall and Alissa Mathis)



















Kahlad  (Son Of Melanie Sherif)



















Amina Sherif (Daughter Of Melanie Sherif)

















 

Laila (Daughter of Melanie Sherif)



















Mikala Waters (Daughter Of Amy Z. and Jay Waters)



















Caleb Waters ( Son Of Amy Z. and Jay Waters)



















Louis Mathis (With Glasses) (Son Of Crystal and Marvin Mathis)



















Luke Mathis (Son Of Crystal and Marvin Mathis)



















Samuel Briggs  (Son of Brendon and Tamara G. Briggs)



















Joseph Briggs (Son of Brendon and Tamara G. Briggs)

















Isabelle Briggs (Daughter of Brendon and Tamara G. Briggs)



















Alexandria Matthews (Daughter of Earl and Teresa G. Matthews)



















Elizabeth Matthews (Daughter of Thomas Earl and Teresa Matthews)



















Ellie Chappell (Daughter Of Brad and Shelley G. Chappell)



















Ava Chappell (Daughter Of Brad and Shelley G. Chappell)



















Rachel Dunn (Daughter Of Kimberly W. Eldridge and the late Jim Brown)



Eric Brown (Son Of Kimberly W. Eldridge and the late Jim Brown)



 











Cassie Waters  (Daughter of Kara W. Wassell)














Tyler Hagy (Son Of Johanna and Daniel Hagy Jr.)














Jacob Hagy (Son Of Johanna and Daniel Hagy Jr.)



















Annika Hagy (Daughter of Johanna and Daniel Hagy Jr.)



















Kaylee P. Vanderhoef (Daughter Of Kevin and Beverly H. Vanderhoef)

















Kelsey A. Vanderhoef (Daughter Of Kevin and Beverly H. Vanderhoef)



















Krysten V. Sorenson (Daughter Of Kevin and Beverly H. Vanderhoef)



















Konlon Benslay (Son Of Duane and Michal H. Benslay)

















Melia Benslay (Daughter of Duane and Michal Benslay)



















Trevor Benslay (Son Of Duane and Michal Benslay)
















Macie Tatum (Daughter of Andy and Gayla Tatum)



















Corey Tatum (Son Of Andy and Gayla Tatum)



















Ricky Tatum (Son of Andy and Gayla Tatum)



















Ty Tatum (Son of Andy and Gayla Tatum)

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Decendants Of Collison Waters

Generation No. 1

1. COLLINSON1 WATERS was born Abt. 1789 in Cherokee Nation, GA. He
married STACY BENTON.

Notes for COLLINSON WATERS:
NOTE in 1832 Hall County Cherokee Land Lottery it shows:
Collins WATERS' orphans getting land.

Children of COLLINSON WATERS and STACY BENTON are:
2. i. MATTHEW JOHNSON2 WATERS, b. August 12, 1817; d. October 28,
1895, Waters Family Cemetery, Hall Co., GA.
ii. MALE WATERS.
iii. MALE WATERS.
iv. FEMALE WATERS.
v. THOMAS B. WATERS.
vi. JAMES S. WATERS.

Notes for JAMES S. WATERS:
Does this belong THIS James' children?
Official Register of Land Lottery of Georgia -- 1827, p.205
Fortunate Drawers: James Waters' orphans,
Captains District: Hunicuts
Number: 7
District: 6
County: Carroll County

vii. SARAH WATERS, m. HARRIS PUCKETT, JR..
viii. MARGARET WATERS.
3. ix. STACIE WATERS, b. Abt. 1823.

Generation No. 2

2. MATTHEW JOHNSON2 WATERS (COLLINSON1) was born August 12, 1817, and
died October 28, 1895; buried in Waters Family Cemetery, Hall Co., GA. He
married ELIZABETH WARREN January 22, 1839 in Hall County, GA.

Notes for MATTHEW JOHNSON WATERS:
Matthew Johnson Waters married 22 January, 1859, Hall Co., GA, Book A, page
119 (2) Elizabeth WARREN (2) Nancy STRICKLAND (no children).

Notes for ELIZABETH WARREN:
In Co. D, 27th GA INF, Colquitt's Brigade, C.S.A., organized at Redwine
Methodist Church in Hall Co., GA, there is a "J. B. WARREN, private; on sick
furlough 1864. (John B. WARREN m. Mary PIRKLE, May 17, 1850, Hall Co.,
GA." I know that Elizabeth WARREN's mother was a PIRKLE; is this her
father?

More About ELIZABETH WARREN:
Fact 1: AKA Betty

Marriage Notes for MATTHEW WATERS and ELIZABETH WARREN:
Matthew Johnson Waters married Elizabeth Warren, Book A, page 119.
Children of MATTHEW WATERS and ELIZABETH WARREN are:
4. i. GEORGE W.3 WATERS, b. Abt. 1864; d. Hall County, Ga.
ii. SARAH JANE WATERS, b. 1855; d. 1866.
5. iii. MATTHEW LAFAYETTE WATERS, b. August 21, 1866; d. November 28,
1947, Gwinnett County, GA.
6. iv. ROBERT MILES WATERS, b. December 20, 1839; d. August 18, 1930,
buried Chestnut Mtn., Hall Co., GA.
v. MARTHA A. WATERS, b. April 24, 1851; d. May 09, 1922, Zion Hill
Cemetery, Gwinnett Co., GA; m. ALFRED H. MADDOX, December 18,
1870.
vi. LYDIE WATERS, b. Abt. 1852.
vii. F. J. (FRANCES) WATERS, b. Abt. 1855; m. JOHN L. PHILLIPS, May 04,
1884.

7. viii. WILLIAM M. WATERS, b. Abt. 1859.
8. ix. MARY ELIZABETH WATERS, b. November 24, 1858; d. May 18, 1907.

3. STACIE2 WATERS (COLLINSON1) was born Abt. 1823. She married FRANCIS
MARION HAMILTON September 19, 1841 in Hall County, Ga.

Children of STACIE WATERS and FRANCIS HAMILTON are:
i. ELIVIRA3 HAMILTON, b. Abt. 1842.
ii. MARY C. HAMILTON, b. Abt. 1845.
iii. THOMAS L. HAMILTON, b. Abt. 1847.
iv. MARGARET N. HAMILTON, b. Abt. 1850.
v. WILLIAM HAMILTON, b. September 19, 1856.
vi. FRANCIS L. HAMILTON, b. Abt. 1859.

Generation No. 3

4. GEORGE W.3 WATERS (MATTHEW JOHNSON2, COLLINSON1) was born Abt.
1864, and died in Hall County, Ga. He married MITTIE WILLIAMS.

Notes for MITTIE WILLIAMS:
This could be "Millie" Williams

Child of GEORGE WATERS and MITTIE WILLIAMS is:
i. DESSIE4 WATERS.

5. MATTHEW LAFAYETTE3 WATERS (MATTHEW JOHNSON2, COLLINSON1) was
born August 21, 1866, and died November 28, 1947 in Gwinnett County, GA.
He married MARTHA ELIZABETH DEATON December 29, 1888 in Hall County,
Ga, daughter of JAMES DEATON and EMILY MILLER.

Notes for MATTHEW LAFAYETTE WATERS:
Matthew Lafayette Waters is buried at Union Baptist Church, Hall Co., GA.; the
marker at Union Baptist Church shows 1866 - 1947.

Notes for MARTHA ELIZABETH DEATON:
Martha Elizabeth Deaton Waters is buried at Union Baptist Church, Hall Co.,
GA.
Grave marker has Martha Elizabeth Deaton "and infant" - WATERS marker.

Marriage Notes for MATTHEW WATERS and MARTHA DEATON:
Matthew Lafayette Waters married Martha Elizabeth Deaton, Book C, page 445.

Children of MATTHEW WATERS and MARTHA DEATON are:
9. i. CORA LEE4 WATERS, b. January 16, 1890, Hall County, Ga; d.
September 21, 1915, Mountain Creek Bapt. Ch. Cem, Jackson Co., GA.
10. ii. WOODIE PEARL WATERS, b. June 07, 1891, Hall County, Ga; d.
October 09, 1951, Mt. Sinai Community, Cleveland Co., NC.
iii. LENA ALICE WATERS, b. February 16, 1893; m. HENRY RICHARDSON,
August 12, 1916.
11. iv. JAMES OSCAR WATERS, b. August 20, 1897, Jackson Co., GA; d. June
15, 1950, Belmont, Hall Co., GA; Flowery Branch Cemetery, Hall Co.,
GA.
12. v. ERNEST JOHNSON WATERS, b. January 12, 1899, Hall County, GA; d.
September 04, 1978, Hall County, GA.
13. vi. FLETCHER SAVANNAH WATERS, b. April 03, 1900.
vii. EUNICE ELIZABETH WATERS, b. May 29, 1903; m. TALLIE RUCKER
REED, January 09, 1924.
viii. EULA BERNICE WATERS, b. September 24, 1907, Hall County, Ga.
14. ix. B. B. WATERS, b. August 18, 1911; d. Hall County, Ga.

6. ROBERT MILES3 WATERS (MATTHEW JOHNSON2, COLLINSON1) was born
December 20, 1839, and died August 18, 1930 in buried Chestnut Mtn., Hall Co.,
GA. He married PERMEALY PHILLIPS September 01, 1865 in Hall County, Ga.

Marriage Notes for ROBERT WATERS and PERMEALY PHILLIPS:
Robert Miles Waters married Permealy Phillips, September 1, 1865, Hall County,
Georgia, Book A, page 444.

Children of ROBERT WATERS and PERMEALY PHILLIPS are:
15. i. WILLIAM MARION4 WATERS, b. June 06, 1866; d. April 09, 1941,
buried Old Friendship Bapt. Ch. Cem..
ii. SARAH E. WATERS.
16. iii. JOHN R. WATERS, b. September 1871.
iv. MONROE WATERS.
v. THOMAS M. WATERS.
vi. OPHELIA WATERS, b. January 01, 1868; d. March 28, 1932; m. WALTER
J. STRICKLAND, November 23, 1902, Hall County, Ga.

Notes for OPHELIA WATERS:
Ophelia Waters m. 23 November 1902, Hall Co., Book E, page 33,
Walter J. Strickland.

Marriage Notes for OPHELIA WATERS and WALTER STRICKLAND:
Ophelia Waters married Walter J. Strickland November 23, 1902, Hall
Co., GA, Book E, page 33.

7. WILLIAM M.3 WATERS (MATTHEW JOHNSON2, COLLINSON1) was born Abt.
1859. He married JOSEPHINE C. WOFFORD.

Child of WILLIAM WATERS and JOSEPHINE WOFFORD is:
i. GARFIELD4 WATERS, b. 1892; d. 1893, Buried in Waters Family Cem.,
Hall Co., GA.

8. MARY ELIZABETH3 WATERS (MATTHEW JOHNSON2, COLLINSON1) was born
November 24, 1858, and died May 18, 1907. She married RAYMOND ELBERT
CASH November 23, 1876 in Hall Co., GA.

Child of MARY WATERS and RAYMOND CASH is:
17. i. NANCY E.4 CASH, b. August 25, 1877, Hall County, Ga; d. 1962,
Jackson County, GA.

Generation No. 4

9. CORA LEE4 WATERS (MATTHEW LAFAYETTE3, MATTHEW JOHNSON2,
COLLINSON1) was born January 16, 1890 in Hall County, Ga, and died September
21, 1915; buried in Mountain Creek Bapt. Ch. Cem, Jackson Co., GA. She
married JAMES ANDREW FIELDS December 07, 1909.

10. WOODIE PEARL4 WATERS (MATTHEW LAFAYETTE3, MATTHEW JOHNSON2,
COLLINSON1) was born June 07, 1891 in Hall County, Ga, and died October 09,
1951 in Mt. Sinai Community, Cleveland Co., NC. She married MELL CHARLES
FRASER December 26, 1915 in Jackson County, GA, son of THOMAS FRASER and
NANCY GOODWIN.
11. JAMES OSCAR4 WATERS (MATTHEW LAFAYETTE3, MATTHEW JOHNSON2,
COLLINSON1) was born August 20, 1897 in Jackson Co., GA, and died June 15,
1950 in Belmont, Hall Co., GA; Flowery Branch Cemetery, Hall Co., GA. He
married LILLIE MAE LANCASTER September 09, 1919 in Jackson Co., GA,
daughter of JOHN LANCASTER and ANNIE CATO.

12. ERNEST JOHNSON4 WATERS (MATTHEW LAFAYETTE3, MATTHEW JOHNSON2,
COLLINSON1) was born January 12, 1899 in Hall County, GA (Source:
Brøderbund Family Archive #110, Vol. 2, Ed. 4, Social Security Death Index.
He married ETHEL RICHARDSON, daughter of JAMES RICHARDSON and SARAH
MADDOX.

13. FLETCHER SAVANNAH4 WATERS (MATTHEW LAFAYETTE3, MATTHEW
JOHNSON2, COLLINSON1) was born April 03, 1900. She married WILLIAM N.
SIMPSON December 01, 1922 in Hall County, Ga.

Marriage Notes for FLETCHER WATERS and WILLIAM SIMPSON:
Fletcher Waters married William Simpson, Book G, page 239.

Child of FLETCHER WATERS and WILLIAM SIMPSON is:
i. KATE5 SIMPSON, b. April 07, 1930; d. November 23, 1933, Mountain
Creek Bapt. Ch. Cem, Jackson Co., GA.

14. B. B.4 WATERS (MATTHEW LAFAYETTE3, MATTHEW JOHNSON2, COLLINSON1)
was born August 18, 1911, and died in Hall County, Ga. He married RUTH
SMITH.

More About B. B. WATERS:
Fact 1: aka Buster

15. WILLIAM MARION4 WATERS (ROBERT MILES3, MATTHEW JOHNSON2,
COLLINSON1) was born June 06, 1866, and died April 09, 1941 in buried Old
Friendship Bapt. Ch. Cem.. He married SARAH E. PHILLIPS 1891.

Notes for WILLIAM MARION WATERS:
Broderbund, Vol. 3, #1256, shows William M. Waters m. Sarah Phillips 1891
and died 1941 in Barrow Co., GA. Also, shows a child, Jewell Odus Waters, b.
1895, Hall Co., GA, d. 1872, Barrow Co., GA.

Children of WILLIAM WATERS and SARAH PHILLIPS are:
i. GEORGIA5 WATERS, b. March 1893.
ii. JAMES COLLIE WATERS, b. August 31, 1894.
iii. JEWELL ODUS WATERS, b. March 1897, Hall County, Ga; m. LENORA
HILL, 1918, ? Hall Co., GA.

Notes for JEWELL ODUS WATERS:
Louise Waters White shows Jewell Ollie Waters, son of William Marion
Waters, birth date as March 1897.

iv. MATTIE DONIE WATERS, b. September 1898.
v. D. F. WATERS, b. January 27, 1891; d. October 22, 1892, buried Old
Friendship Bapt. Ch. Cem..

16. JOHN R.4 WATERS (ROBERT MILES3, MATTHEW JOHNSON2, COLLINSON1) was
born September 1871. He married ARRETHY ELIZABETH HAYES, daughter of
JAMES HAYES and SARAH HAYS.

17. NANCY E.4 CASH (MARY ELIZABETH3 WATERS, MATTHEW JOHNSON2,
COLLINSON1) was born August 25, 1877 in Hall County, Ga, and died 1962 in
Jackson County, GA. She married MOSE S. TANNER, son of FLOYD TANNER and
CYNTHIA TANNER.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016