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A Bailiff is possibly a Bailiss
Posted by: Jerry R. Witt Date: December 30, 1999 at 05:18:09
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If you have ever looked at some of the flowing script used in the 18th and 19th centuries (look at manuscripts of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution for example), you may notice that it is common for double "S's" look more like lower case "F's" hence the posible confusion or misinterpretation of name spellings. Consequently, "Bailiss" written in that manner could be misinterpreted as "Bailiff."

Looking for any information on Charles Lee Bailiss, who lived much of his life in Maury Co., TN, served in the Confederate Army, was married first to Emily/ Emalie Graves, then to her sister, Sue Graves. Charles son, Rufus Lee Bailess signed his name using an "e" instead of an "i" in "Bailiss/less.


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