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Weird Names & the War That Wasn’t a War
Stolen Ohio chickens, a lost Michigan militia, and men with numbers for names? You never know what your fiction research is going to uncover. There I was, digging into Midwest canals and railroads for Book 2 of my Shimmer of Time series. Lots of cool stuff for the book, right? But I got sidetracked completely by Benjamin Franklin Stickney, who had weird tastes in names and was (probably) responsible for a war most of us have never heard of. Stickney’s mother was a favorite niece of Benjamin Franklin (that’s right, the key-on-a-kite-string Benjamin Franklin, “discoverer” of electricity and inventor of my ever-necessary bifocals), and she named her son after him in 1773. So Benjamin Stickney grew up, got married, and named his sons … wait for it . . . One and Two! Evidently he wanted to let them choose their own names when they got older, but they never did. … Continue reading
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