Locals see benefits to sharing names with Founding Fathers

Locals share names with Founding Fathers

Other than the colonial motif, there's nothing in John Adams' house to do with John Adams, the historical figure.
 
Unless you count the name of the owner.
 
"I didn't like it too much in grammar school. We sat in alphabetical order, so I was always first seat, first row," said Adams, of West Palm Beach. "I get asked all the time if my name is Quincy."
 
The Vietnam-era veteran is named after his father.
 
Still, John Adams Jr. thinks extra hard on July 4th, about the country Adams fathered.
 
"This should be a day where people think about the people who have sacrificed and are sacrificing right now, to preserve our freedom and those people who fought to give us our independence," said Adams.

We went looking for other locals with founding father names.

We found one named Alexander Hamilton.

Appropriately, his family told us he was away, serving our country in the Navy.

But we did find a Betsy Ross.

Sort of.

"I was spelling my name for someone, because Mary Ellen Ross is quite a long name and I said, 'Ross like Betsy,' and since then, she's become my second persona," said Ross.
 
She loves American flags - which the real Betsy Ross is credited for designing in 1776.
 
Her role as the head of a transplant survivor's group is helped when she introduces herself as Betsy.
 
"People just remember. Even my postman says he's leaving mail for Betsy Ross. I say it's OK, you can leave it here. I open it for her, " said Betsy.
 
She says learning how to live life with a second persona is a good lesson for today's leaders.
 
"You have to have a sense of humor. Things look bad now, but there's always the other side, " she said.
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