Me: Well, I wonder where she got her name from?
My grandmother: Who?
Me: Your mama. Your mother. Caroline Mary Martha –
My grandmother: Yeah. Who ever heard tell of such as that?
Me: Fisher Valentine McNeely. Well, I know where the Martha came from, ‘cause that was her mother’s name.
My grandmother: Yeah.
Actually, it was Caroline MARTHA MARY Fisher Valentine McNeely. And “Caroline” was the name of her aunt, Caroline McConnaughey, Martha Miller McNeely’s sister. But Mary and Fisher and Valentine?
Interview of Margaret C. Allen by Lisa Y. Henderson, all rights reserved.