|Darkes Shapcutt, 1710, Granary Burying Ground, Boston, MA|
AGED 24 YEARS
I read this names as "Dorcas." This is one of my favorite colonial-era names, but Pete insists that it would be completely unacceptable for a 21st-century child.
My favorite Dorcas is Darkes Mesenger of Windsor, CT.
The husband's name seems to be a variant of Sheepcot or Shepcot. He's a pretty obscure character -- I couldn't find the surname at all in Savage's Dictionary. It appears Darkas and Samson were married by Cotton Mather himself.
It's a lovely little stone. And "Sampson Sheepcot" would be another good Sesame Street name.
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