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Confusion over names
Posted by: Edward Dawsey (ID *****9787) Date: October 15, 2003 at 07:47:52
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I believe that a lot of the confusion over names has been created by scribes, clerks, or census enumerator. Unfortunately, it seems that they may have been dealing with illiterate people unable to spell their own name, and they went on a phonetic pronunciation when they attempted to put the name down on paper. I have seen early land grants with the name spelled Dawsey, Dorsey, and Dowsey all on the same document. Apparently the clerk was trying to cover all bases. As late as the 1850 census I found an instance of the enumerator spelling the name Dosey. This DNA project should clear up a lot of the confusion. I personally think that we will find 3 or 4 distinct, different, and unrelated families or lineages.


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