Monday, August 12, 2019


Extending my weekend just a bit by having a special guest appearance by one of the first “crossoverists” I ever met online – Hugh Davis: 

"The Infernal Machine," an episode of BONANZA, features Willard Waterman as Cyrus K. Throckmorton. This is likely an ancestor of Throckmorton P. Gildersleeve, Waterman's character on THE GREAT GILDERSLEEVE (and the TV followup to the radio series of the same name). Waterman plays the two very similarly.
-Hugh Davis

From the ‘Bonanza’ wiki:

Daniel Pettibone is trying to find financing for his new invention, a horseless carriage. Hoss tries to help with scaring up money, no one's interested until a smooth-talking stranger, Throckmorton, wants to invest. The locals then start to pony up their cash--and Throckmorton promptly skips town with their cash.  

Hugh knows as I did that family surnames on the maternal side often live on for generations as the given name.  I have friends who named their son “Jordan” which is the mother’s maiden name… in a way.
So Cyrus K. Throckmorton could be the grandfather or great-grandfather of Throckmorton P. Gildersleeve, with Gildy’s mother bearing “Throckmorton” as her maiden name.  And of course, the telegenetics are quite strong in the connection between the two.
This theory of relateeveety is a great find, Hugh!  And timely too, as this is the month in which we celebrate the TV Western…..

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