Martha and Samuel T. Sappington were endowed with fertile minds as well as fertile loins. Between 1838 and 1860, they had at least 8 children. While many modern parents save the flights of fancy for their daughters, the Sappingtons gave their sons matched names:
Imogene, b. 1838
Caroline, b. 1844
Hermina, b. 1848
Devilla, b. 1839
Voltaire, b. 1846
Rousseau, b. 1851
Hume, b. 1853
Lucifer, b. 1859
We've seen this before with the Shattuck family (sons Africa, America, Asia, and Europe) and I'll be on the lookout for more examples. I am acquainted with a family with matched-name daughters (Ariel, Belle, Cinderella, and Aurora) and now I can tell them that matched sets are nothing new in American naming history.
Here's the page from the 1860 Census (little Lucifer is on the next page):
Does anyone with a better grasp of the history of philosophy know who "Devilla" might be? Or is the inclusion of "Devilla" and "Lucifer" a comment on what the Sappingtons thought of European philosophers?
Voltaire and Devilla Sappington both served in Co. K (the Columbus Rifles) of the 14th Mississippi Infantry (C.S.A) during the Civil War.