Madness Monday: The Queen Of South Carolina

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My great-great-grandmother’s name was Frances Cox, and her maiden name was Huggins. She married my great-great-grandfather Robert Franklin Cox some time around 1866, probably near Darlington, South Carolina. I knew very little about her until recently when I decided to look more into the Huggins family. Finding information on her before 1880 was difficult, but after a long search I was able to find an 1850 federal census record that looked interesting. Look closely at row 30:

What you see is correct: “Frances C. A. O. S. R. J. J. V. Q. of S. C.”¬†What is that? Is that really a full name? What was the census taker smoking that day? It had me stumped for awhile. Luckily, a researcher on Ancestry.com had posted a related story which I only recently came across. The story references the mother of Frances, Zilphia Hamm. I’ve quoted it in its entirety:

Zilphia Hamm Huggins, by Ruth (Dorrill) Thomas

Zilphia Hamm Huggins rode her horse sidesaddle to church, even though she was pregnant. While returning home, her horse became frightened, threw her off, and broke her hip. Competent medical help was unavailable and without proper treatment, her hip did not heal correctly. Frances Huggins was born while her mother was still bedridden.

The ladies of the church came to see her with gifts and names for the new baby girl. Her mother was the tactful pastor’s wife and promised to use all the names. She wrote them down so that the preacher could read them all in the baptismal service. She counted them and found only eleven names, the last of which “Victoria,” who was the Queen of Englans. Zylphia wanted to choose a name of her own. Since South Carolina had no queen, she would name her “Queen of South Carolina”. Frances Huggins was baptized as follows: Frances Cornelia Emerintha Olevia Sarah Rebecca Julia Josephine Eugenia Sophronia Victoria Queen of South Carolina.

Is that the longest name you’ve ever seen? Would love to hear from you.

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