Slave names

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Tue Dec 11 20:23:55 UTC 2007

At 12/11/2007 12:50 PM, Benjamin Zimmer wrote:
>He also points out that
>classical names such as Cato, Hector, and Pompey were also given to
>mules and cows (as shown in probate records), so irony no doubt played
>a role.

Now that *is* new to me.  I have not come across any writer on the
colonial period mentioning that animals were named in probate records.


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