Sunday, October 7, 2012

Weirdest name in your family tree?

Let's face it, some of our ancestors had strange names. I was really surprised to come across a Puritan woman named Desire, for example, which sounds very un-Puritan. Some 17th century names sound even a bit hippie-ish-- e.g., "Freelove", which makes the poor lass sound like she was conceived at Woodstock.

The weirdest name by far in my own family tree is Hazelelponi WILLIX (1636-1714), my 8x great-grandmother. Her father bore the almost equally exotic name of Balthazar; he was thought to be of Flemish descent and his original surname may have been WILLECH. On 4 June of 1648, Governor Winthrop records in his journal that Balthazar's wife and Hazelelponi's mother Hannah was murdered, her body having been thrown into the river. 

Hazelelponi married, first, John GEE, and second, Obadiah WOOD. 

Hazelelponi's grave, Ancient/Old North Burying Ground Ipswich, MA





Balthazar WILLIX m. Hannah UNKNOWN
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Hazelelponi WILLIX m. Obadiah WOOD
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Susannah WOOD m. William BLY
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James BLY m. Joanna HADLEY
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Benjamin BLY m. Hannah ORDWAY
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Asa BLY m. Elizabeth GIBSON
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Sophronia BLY m. John MACE
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Elizabeth MACE m. James w. WINSLOW
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Bessie M. WINSLOW m. Frank Bailey PALMER
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Dorothy PALMER m. Henry Richard HOWES
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S. HOWES m. my father
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