March 3 — Do you share a first name with one of your female ancestors? Perhaps you were named for your great-grandmother, or your name follows a particular naming pattern. If not, then list the most unique or unusual female first name you’ve come across in your family tree.
My name, Diane, is not a family name - I was named after my mother's best friend. I have no ancestors (to my knowledge) who share the name. This gives me the chance, though, to write about Mehitabel Cary - I love that name! Mehitabel (1670-1724) was my 8th greatgrandmother:
Mehitabel married Elisha Adams in 1689. Elisha was the grandson of Henry Adams, who was also the 2nd greatgrandfather of President John Adams.
But wait - there's more!
After Elisha's death in 1698, she married for a second time. I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw who her second husband was: Miles Standish (1669-1728) - the grandson of THE Miles Standish of Plymouth Colony!
Although that marriage did not make me a blood relative of Miles Standish, I am a blood relative through a different line. They married in 1700 in Rhode Island and then moved on to CT, which was their place of death.
Little did Mehitabel know - she had married into two historically important early American families!