My 4th great grandmother Ebbot Martin was baptised on 7 Nov 1773 at Beaworthy, Devon, England.
Ebbot married John Millman on 14 Sep 1795, also at Beaworthy.
John and Ebbot had at least nine children:
- William was baptised on 13 Mar 1796 at Northlew, Devon as the son of John Millman and Ibbett his Wife
- Susanna was baptised on 6 May 1798 at Northlew, Devon as the daughter of John Millman and Ibbott his Wife. Susanna was my 3rd great grandmother and married William Creber on 25 Dec 1820 at Marystow.
- John was baptised on 11 May 1800 at Okehampton, Devon as the son of William [sic?] Milman and Ebbett
- Richard was baptised on 12 Sep 1802 at Okehampton, Devon as the son of John Milman and Ebbet
- William was baptised on 14 Apr 1805 at Okehampton, Devon as the son of William [sic?] Milman and Ebbet
- Jane was baptised on 1 Jan 1808 at Okehampton, Devon as the daughter of John Milman and Ebbet
- Anne was baptised on 18 Mar 1810 at Sydenham Damerel as the daughter of John and Eaditha Millman
- George was baptised on 28 Jun 1812 at Sydenham Damerel as the son of John and Eaditha Milman of Lamerton
- Mary was baptised on 29 Jan 1815 at Sydenham Damerel as the daughter of John and Editha Millman of Lamerdae in Lamerton
Clearly, Ebbot's name was not easy for the recorders of the first six christenings, and it looks like their move to Sydenham Damerel resulted a new name being used for her.
However, her name seemed to revert, to Ebbeat Millman of Coryton, for her burial record on 22 Dec 1840 at Marystow, Devon.
Then on her gravestone (photo courtesy of Clare Esson) a new and striking name of Ebzeebra appears with the inscription saying:
Ebzeebra wife of John Millman of the parish of Coryton Who died the 19th day of December 1840 aged 65 years ALSO of Susanna daughter of the above and wife of William Creber who died the 25th day of May 1834 aged 36 years Where they dwelt in the mortal land
Does anyone have an idea as to why such a name would have been chosen for her grave when it does not appear to have been recorded for her anywhere else?
It may or may not be related but two of her granddaughters were named Hephzibah, presumably after her.
Furthermore, Googling "ebzeebra" suggests Ebbot's gravestone name has been used for no one else on the web!