F.U.N. Friday

FUN3I often run across the most unusual (and fascinating) names while researching ancestral history.  Recently, I ran across the family of Captain Roger and Joanna Ford Clap with 14 children named:

Name M/F Birth Death
Samuel M 11 Oct 1634 16 Oct 1708
William M 02 Jul 1636 22 Sep 1638
Elizabeth F 22 Jun 1638 25 Dec 1711
Experience F 23 Aug 1640 01 Nov 1640
Waitstill M 22 Oct 1641 09 Aug 1643
Preserved M 23 Nov 1643 22 Sep 1720
Experience F Dec 1645
Hopestill M 06 Dec 1647 02 Sep 1719
Wait F 17 Mar 1649 3 May 1717
Thanks F 1650?
Desire M 17 Oct 1652 12 Dec 1717
Thomas M 29 Apr 1655 1670
Unite M 13 Oct 1656 1664/1665
Supply M 30 Oct 1660 1685/1686

Of the fourteen children born to Roger and Joanna, only seven lived past 15 years of age.  Some of their remaining children continued to use the unusual family names:

  • Desire Clap and his wife Deborah Smith had ten children and it appears only three lived long enough to marry and have children of their own — the rest died soon after birth or before the age of 3.  Desire and Deborah had two children named “Desire” and both died within days of their births.  They also named two of their children after his siblings, Experience and Preserved (Preserved lived only 13 days).
  • “When Wait was baptized, her father, Capt. Roger, told the congregation- that the reason he called her Wait was because he believed the reign of anti-Christ would soon be over. He doubtless thought she might live to see the day!” (Find-A-Grave)  Wait and her husband Jonathan Simpson had at least one child named “Wait”.
  • Preserved and his wife Sarah Newberry named two of their children “Preserved” and “Wait”.
  • Interesting note about Supply:  “Capt. Clap’s son, a very desirable man and gunner of the Castle…hath one of his eyes shott out, and a piece of his scull taken away by the accidental firing of a gun as he was going a fowling.” (Diary of Samuel Sewall)

I only found one explanation (so far) for the unusual names (“Wait”) as noted above — I’ll keep looking though.  The surname “Clap” seems to be a prominent one in some parts of Massachusetts — I found instances of schools named after Roger Clap.  Captain Roger Clap’s memoirs are considered to be among the most authentic written which document that period of American history.  Tune in Sunday for more on Captain Clap, his memoirs and the spiritual legacy he passed down to his descendants.

Have a GREAT day . . . someday it will be HISTORY!

© Sharon Hall (Digging History), 2013.



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