A. Tennessee Nutt
A. Tennessee Nutt is a pen name for a grandmother who lives in New York City. She was born in Tennessee and she is a bit of a nut, so the borrowed name fits perfectly. Tennessee is a quiet person who enjoys reading old census records, old newspapers and old books. After growing up overseas she became interested in genealogical research on her American ancestors. In the process she began collecting interesting names-- some related and most unrelated-- and also found herself researching totally unrelated people out of pure curiosity. These people were sometimes neighbors of ancestors, but frequently a name or other item in a census just caught her attention. As a result of all this seemingly random research efforts she began to have a better sense of American history as it played out in the lives of "ordinary" people. Tennessee believes that there really are no "ordinary" people. They all have unique stories and situations and she is endlessly fascinated by the complexity and cultural variety of Americans.
Real Names With a Culinary Accent
This is a collection of real names of real people that sound as if they could be a recipe or otherwise food-related. All are people who lived in the United State, mostly in the 19th century. Mini-biographies based on historical records provide interesting snapshots of American history and culture, the immigrants, former slaves, pioneers, gold miners, farmers, soldiers and others who shaped this country. Genealogy enthusiasts may also be interested in searching the surnames of the individuals profiled.