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Old 01-22-2021, 11:11 AM
 
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However ... when I lived in Orange County Virginia, there were tons of Shiffletts or Shifletts and Shiflettes in the county, many with the same first name. And there are lots of Midgets and Midgettes on the Outer Banks in North Carolina. So I suspect there just happen to be a lot of Marcums living in Missouri. You do have three won by women named Becky (Rebecca) Marcum - but Becky's a pretty popular name - Tom Sawyer's love interest was Becky Thatcher, after all, and the novel was set in a fictional Missouri town.

https://coastguard.dodlive.mil/2017/...idgett-family/
https://www.klein-shiflett.com/shifl...I/surname.html

It's a fictional story set in a very real Missouri town. Hannibal, MO.
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Old 01-22-2021, 03:00 PM
 
Location: Greenville, SC
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It's a fictional story set in a very real Missouri town. Hannibal, MO.
It's set in the fictional town of St. Petersburg, MO ... which was based on Hannibal.

https://wishbone.fandom.com/wiki/St....burg,_Missouri
The reader may rest satisfied that Tom’s and Huck’s windfall made a mighty stir in the poor little village of St. Petersburg. So vast a sum, all in actual cash, seemed next to incredible. It was talked about, gloated over, glorified, until the reason of many of the citizens tottered under the strain of the unhealthy excitement.
(from Chapter 35, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer)
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Old 01-22-2021, 04:44 PM
 
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It's set in the fictional town of St. Petersburg, MO ... which was based on Hannibal.

https://wishbone.fandom.com/wiki/St....burg,_Missouri
The reader may rest satisfied that Tom’s and Huck’s windfall made a mighty stir in the poor little village of St. Petersburg. So vast a sum, all in actual cash, seemed next to incredible. It was talked about, gloated over, glorified, until the reason of many of the citizens tottered under the strain of the unhealthy excitement.
(from Chapter 35, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer)

Huh! I didn't know that! My apologies!
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Old 01-22-2021, 04:52 PM
 
Location: Greenville, SC
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Huh! I didn't know that! My apologies!
No problem. Hannibal certainly makes a big deal of being Tom Sawyer's home town.
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