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Name Origins: Manasseh

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Julie Helen Otto

Julie Helen Otto
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MANASSEH (m): Son of Joseph the patriarch, and head of one of the twelve tribes of Israel. Manasseh Minor (1647–1728) of Stonington, Conn., son of diarist Capt. Thomas Minor (1608–1690, diary 1653–1684), also kept a valuable diary, published in 1915 as The Diary of Manasseh Minor, Stonington, Conn., 1696-1720. The two diaries were reprinted by John A. Miner in 1993, and are vital sources for many Stonington families and for the town’s history in general. Images of the 1915 edition of Manasseh’s diary are now online at www.ancestry.com. Manassas, sometimes seen, is a Greek version of the Hebrew MANASSEH.

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