Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Name of the Day

Peacock Bigger

He was a merchant, brazier, and distiller in Philadelphia in the 1730s-1740s.

Not kidding. Look him up.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Name of the Day

I've been working with some probate records at the Mass State Archives this week. I try to be productive, but sometimes it's difficult to avoid the lure of just flipping through the probate index for funny names. It's difficult to concentrate on wills when I know the index is full of these:

Sewall Swallow

Guardianship (1891), Suffolk County Probate #86860)