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Julie Helen Otto

Julie Helen Otto
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POLYCARP (m): St. Polycarp, Bishop of Smyrna (ca. 70-23 Feb. 156 A.D.), an early martyr, was said to have known the Apostle John. He was a formative figure of the early generations of the Christian Church (Henry Wace and William C. Piercy, eds., A Dictionary of Christian Biography and Literature to the End of the Sixth Century A.D., with an Account of the Principal Sects and Heresies [London: John Murray, 1911, repr. Peabody, Mass.: Hendrickson Publishers, 1994], pp. 846-50). Polycarpus Nelson of Mamaroneck, N.Y., is mentioned by Jacobus (Donald Lines Jacobus, Genealogy as Pastime and Profession [New Haven, Conn.: Tuttle, Morehouse and Co., 1930, repr. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1968], p. 31) as having a “helpless son,” Maher-Shallal-Hashbaz. Another instance of the name is “Polli Carpus”: “As early as 1792 Polli Carpus Packard [1768-1836] came from Plainfield, Conn., to Jericho [Vt.], and in 1794 settled in what is known as the Packard district” (History of Jericho, Vermont [1916], p. 590); he was apparently known also as “P. Carpus” or plain “Carpus.”

Posted by Jean Powers at 08/28/2012 10:53:18 AM | 

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