So what’s in a name?

September 18, 2008 by  
Email This Post Email This Post | Print This Post Print This Post

In reading a report from a 1783 Connecticut newspaper this evening I found it interesting to what degree the last name “Arnold” was considered a disgrace. Note this report:

“Upon the memorial of Jonathan Arnold, of Hartford…a Sergeant in the Continental army & unfortunately bears the sirname of the infamous Benedict Arnold, once a Major General in the army of the United States, now a traitor and deserter…some time after the desertion of the said Benedict, the Hon. Major General Baron Stuben, pitying the misfortune of any person friendly to the American cause doomed to bear the same name with a notorious traitor. offered…liberty to assume the name of Stuben, & by that name to be known and called…on his taking & assuming the said name of Stuben, to pay to him the sum of Two Dollars per month during the present war…”.

I wonder how many more Arnold families there could have been in this country today?

If you liked this post, you may also enjoy...


2 Responses to “So what’s in a name?”

  1. Connie Martin on January 7th, 2017 5:34 pm

    I have a 1905 Home Life newpaper. It is from July 1905. It is volume XV. Can you tell me much it worth.

  2. GuyHeilenman on January 13th, 2017 2:01 pm

    Hello Connie: We do not monitor requests concerning the value of newspapers through this venue – but we would be glad to assist. If you have a newspaper or a collection for which you are seeking an appraisal, please contact us directly at Please include as many details as possible. Thanks.

Feel free to leave a comment...
and oh, if you want a pic to show with your comment, go get a gravatar!