Doggett (with about 27 other variations) is the original English spelling. Generally speaking the descendents of John of Martha’s Vineyard and Thomas of Marshfield Massachusetts started changing their names from Doggett to Daggett in the mid to late 1600's, Descendents of Rev. Benjamin Doggett of Virginia kept theirs unchanged... Another gross generalization is, Daggett’s in the North and Doggett’s in the South. The consensus is that the folks in the north wanted to separate themselves form Britain and changing their name was making a statement, the South, being generally loyalist kept their names the same.
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