Regarding your Mary, second wife of Jonathon Buck, here are some suggestions you
might wish to consider, “for what it’s worth”.
The main family of Orcutts in America are descended from the immigrant William
Orcutt (1639-1693), a resident of Bridgewater, Massachusetts. William’s wife was Mary
Lane Orcutt. William had a daughter named Mary Orcutt, crst. April 11, 1675, and she
is known to have been married to Daniel Hudson of Bridgewater until her death, June 28,
My ancestor, Joseph Orcutt, one of the 6 sons of William and Mary Lane Orcutt, removed
to Connecticut from Massachusetts in 1717, settling at Ashford, and later at Stafford. I believe he was in fact the first Orcutt to have settled in Ct. He also had a daughter named Mary Orcutt, but she was born April 05, 1723 at Stafford, and is known to have married a man named David Anderson at Stafford November 03, 1742.
There doesn’t seem to be any good possibilities for any Mary Orcutt that was of any age
to be married in 1715 to have been a member of the William Orcutt family.
Your Mary, (if she in fact was born nee Orcutt), could possibly have been a kinswomen
of William Orcutt from Warwickshire, England. Given the fact no Orcutt candidate for
her as a father is known to have been in Connecticut in the time line for her birth,
perhaps she came over as a bound, or indentured girl with one of the other settlers in
that part of Connecticut, served her indenture off, then married.
I personally believe that your best chance to find Mary’s origins might be in looking to
the Olcott/Olcutts that were early settled in Connecticut as her true family. Having spent
much time in working through Connecticut records in researching the family of my
Joseph Orcutt, I, and many others, have found that it is very common for the name Orcutt
to have been recorded as both Olcott, and Olcutt, both surname variants that along with
the other English surnames Orcutt, Awcott, Alcott, Alcock, ect. may be etymological
modifications of Ulecote, or Ulcote, as in the case of Philip de Ulecot, of ca. 1215
England and Scotland, and of whom the name is also found recorded “Olcott, Oldcote,
Alcott, Aldcott, Aucote, Aucott, Awcotte” - all basically Old English "Dweller at the old cottage" . Orcutt as a surname has been defined similarly;
DICTIONARY OF AMERICAN FAMILY NAMES
ELSDON C. SMITH
HARPER & BROTHERS PUBLISHERS 1956
" Orcutt (Eng.) Dweller in a hillside, or riverbank, cottage."
The upshot of all this is that it seems that certain accents and speech traits attributed to certain areas sometime facilitated the surnames easily getting crossed in usage.
We have have found that the Orcutts that eventually came out of Connecticut and settled
in different places, especially New York, were for many years especially variously
recorded as Alcut, Olcut, Orcot, ect.
It also appears that The Olcotts, at least in some few instances, were variously recorded
as Orcutt, or close variants, as in the case of Thomas Olcott, early settler at Hartford.
Hinman, Royal Ralph, A catalogue of the names of the first Puritan settlers of the colony
of Connecticut : with the time of their arrival in the colony and their standing in society,
together with their place of residence, as far as can be discovered by the records /c
collected from the state and town records by R. R. Hinman.
Hartford: Printed by E. Gleason, 1846, 337 pgs.
"Orcot, Thomas, Hartford, appointed with J. Talcott and W. Pantry to set off the meadow
fences, and order the proportions between proprietors."
You might wish to at least consider the possibility that your Mary Orcutt was perhaps really a Mary Olcott.
Hope this helps. Please keep us informed as to anything you learn. Feel free to e-mail me if there is any way I might be able to help you.
Joel Thomas Orcutt
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