Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Today in Unfortunate Naming . . .

I was searching for someone in the 1771 Massachusetts Tax List and came across a rather unfortunate name. See if you can spot it:
In case you're interested, the Widow Shitcock's real estate was worth 8 pounds per year.

Take this name with a grain of salt — it may be an artifact of the transcription. Other names indicate this may be the case, unless, of course, there really was a "Widow M'Question" living in Boston in 1771.


Larry Cebula said...

Ahem: http://www.ancestry.com/facts/Shitcock-family-history-uk.ashx

We have a few Shitackers in these parts--or did. I would think you would change your family name at some point!

Caitlin GD Hopkins said...

Shame on me for doubting :)

I'll keep my eye out for the M'Question clan, too.