My theory is..that a LOT of people were unschooled in those days. So the Census takers, Probate offices, Newspaper reporters, Record keepers, Magistrates, Preachers, secretaries, and Lawyers, who wrote all the legal and other documents, would spell the name in the way THEY knew to spell it. Sometimes mispelling it because they misunderstood the person due to foreign accents, etc..
Once it was written "officially" on wills, Birth records, in newspapers, etc...THAT is how it was spelled. Period. Not because someone was too lazy to make another "L", or wanted to be different. Sometimes, a name on a single person is spelled differently on MANY different official documents, because different people are doing the writing, and spelling the name as they THINK it should be.
So, think on that a while. Stop arguing about it!
Donna Drury, decendant of William Daniell, Melton, Crow, Stroud, Raven, Beadon, Harker
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