Andersons of Colonial N. Carolina

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Pronouncing Chowan

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So I’m in Raleigh a couple years ago…  I’m not a local.  (I go back a couple centuries)   I’m looking up stuff from Chowan County filmstrips…

A kindly old gentleman from the staff offers assistance… “What are you looking for?”  he asked.  “I’m looking for James Anderson in Chowan County in 1716, I says”.  He looks perplexed… “you mean Cha Juan” he says.  I looked at him and said “Well I’m not so sure now”.  “I’m referring to Chow Ann County” I says. He seemed a bit miffed.  He says the Cha Juan records are right over here.  I says “Are you trying to talk like an indian or what?”  He left me with the records… I drove them crazy getting quarters for those damn pay machines.

And yes, I’ve had a couple beers.

Written by anderson1951

January 18, 2012 at 9:58 pm

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  1. And if you’re from Johnston County it’s Ch-O-juan. Now let me hear you say “Macclesfield” and “Conetoe.”


    Traci Thompson

    January 18, 2012 at 11:20 pm

    • OK but you have to excuse my Texas ack sent.
      Macca field
      Con uh toe.



      January 19, 2012 at 5:18 am

  2. LOL Edgecombe folk will tell you it’s “MaccUSfield” and “Cun-EE-tuh.” Johnston folk say their L’s and insert a few R’s – “Mackulsfield” and “Cun-EE-ter.”


    traci thompson

    January 19, 2012 at 10:27 am

    • Wow! I really am a foreigner. . .



      January 19, 2012 at 10:42 am

      • We have a river down here in my neck of the woods in Ft Myers, FL called the Caloosahatchee River. After the juke box quit bleating out old Patsy Cline tunes I turned to resume my dissertation of genealogy but my audience had moved to the other end of the bar…. except for a Seminole Indian. I says, “What do you think the indian pronunciation of Chowan is?” He says, “You know… you white people are funny.” “How so?”, I respond. He says, “You know that river up there?” “Yup”, I says. He says, “Well the ancient Caloosa Indian name for river was Hatchee… so you folks are calling that damn river the Caloosa River River.” I just dropped some quarters in the juke box.



        January 19, 2012 at 5:11 pm

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