Week 15 (April 9-16) – How Do You Spell That? What ancestor do you imagine was frequently asked that? Which ancestor did you have a hard time finding because of an unusual name?
There are several Theophilus’ in my tree –
Theophilus Wilder (1710-1787), son of Jabez Wilder & Mary Ford had a son, Captain Theophilus Wilder (1740-1821) who had a son, Theophilus III (1766-1821).
Theophilus Wilder (1710-1787) had another son, Zenas Wilder, who named his son Theophilus Wilder – my fourth great-grandfather.
It was difficult at times, determining which Theophilus belonged to whom.
Theophilus is the name or honorary title of the person to whom the Gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles are addressed (Luke 1:3, Acts 1:1). It is thought that both Luke and Acts were written by the same author, and sometimes argued that the two books were originally a single unified work. Both Luke and Acts were written in a refined Koine Greek, and the name “θεόφιλος” (“Theophilos”), as it appears therein, means friend of God, or (be)loved by God or loving God in the Greek language.