Written by Amy Johnson Crow’s Challenge 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks
Week 3 Challenge: Unusual Name What unusual names do you have in your family tree?
This week’s challenge has stumped me for days. I couldn’t think of any unusual names off hand. I tried searching through my index of names and there was just too many to get through. Then a name came to mind. Maybe it’s just me but when I see this name the kid in me giggles out loud. The researcher in me says I am not pronouncing it correctly and tells me to try to be more serious. There are many things I wish my ancestors would’ve passed down but in this case I am very grateful they did not.
Richard and Mary BUTT, my 7th Great Grandparents on my mother’s father’s side, Jack Green. Richard BUTT was born on 11 Nov 1670 in Queen Anne Parish, Prince Georges, Maryland. Mary Medcalf BUTT was born in 1680 in Maryland as well. They raised a family of BUTTS in Queen Anne Parish, Prince Georges, Maryland. I don’t have very much documentation on them. Maybe here is the unusual part. In doing some poking around on Ancestry.com it seems that most people looking for them have a collection of stories and ideas that aren’t based on documentation or have a collection of documentation that’s confused with their children that have the same names as they do. So I have chosen, for now, to BUTT out until I have time to truly do some research for facts on the BUTTS. I do know they are the parents of my 6th Great Grandmother, Diana Darke BUTT. She was born on 5 Feb 1707 in Maryland.
Diana BUTT married my 6th Great Grandfather, William GREEN in about 1723-25. She would’ve been about 18 years old. Again documentation is sketchy. William and Dinah raised their family approximately four miles north of Mecklenburg, (later Shepherd’s Town, now Shepherdstown) West Virginia by at least 1744. They had 8 GREEN children.
One thing I am pretty sure of is that Diana BUTT was proud to become a GREEN. Hopefully this provides some lite humor for the beginning of a work week. Until the next challenge, Take Care.
Sources: Birth Certificate, Diana Butt, Maryland, Births and Christenings Index, 1662-191, Saint Barnabas Church, Queen Anne Parish, Prince Georges, Maryland, File Number 14304.