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Re: Colgrove vs. Colegrove
Posted by: James Gibbs Date: January 11, 2002 at 23:25:37
In Reply to: Colgrove vs. Colegrove by James Gibbs of 365

In researching the vital records of Westerly, RI, the immigrant Francis Colgrove's name appears many times between 1693-1718, except that he and his wife Anna always signed with a mark -- that is, they were both illiterate. Thus, the immigrant did not pass down any correct spelling of the surname, because he could not spell it himself. I note that most of these original Westerly vital and land records for Francis spelled his name "Colgrove", but his son Francis, Jr., who could sign his own name, spelled it "Colegrove".


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