Monday, June 4, 2007

Keeping Up With the Joneses

If it’s on the ‘net, it must be true, right?

We’ve recently revised our online article, “The Addams Family’s Carolyn Jones: A Descendant of Geronimo?” to reflect this statement: “Several websites, including the Internet Movie Database, incorrectly state her birth name was ‘Carolyn Sue Baker.’" This comes after receiving a question about the actress’s birth name:

I've read everywhere that Carolyn was born Carolyn Sue Baker . . . I always thought that she had changed Baker to Jones . . . Why does the internet says that her real last name was Baker?
We suspect that most of these online biographies are quoting from each other – not from an original source. Morticia Addams’s original portrayer was born Carolyn Sue Jones in Amarillo, Texas, on 28 April 1930, as shown on the birth certificate above. Her mother’s maiden name was Jeanette (Southern) Jones, though The Handbook of Texas incorrectly says “Jeanette (Baker) Jones.” Instead, Baker was the last name of Jeanette Southern’s stepfather.

1 comment:

Myra Vanderpool Gormley said...

I suspect many of our dead-ends or mis-grafted branches of our family trees are due to finding females in the household of their mother and a stepfather. It happens with our male ancestors -- sometimes.
Make no assumptions in genealogy.