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Re: Darby Enroughty of Henrico-1707
Posted by: Pat O'Sullivan Corona (ID *****5067) Date: February 02, 2003 at 11:58:05
In Reply to: Re: Darby Enroughty of Henrico-1707 by Stan Crockett of 35


Did you know that the surnames DARBY & ENROUGHTY are interchangeable? Following is a quote from "Tidewater Virginia Families" Vol.6-No.4-Feb.Mar.1998-pg.225
"The locality, Darbytown,situated a few miles below Richmond, owes its designation to its having been at one time almost exclusively peopled by those bearing the name DARBY or ENROUGHTY. It being a remarkable fact that the two names, in common parlance among them, are regarded as synonymous and interchangeable. The first, DARBY, obtaining prevalence because of its brevity and easier pronunciation. (It is claimed, and with apparent reason, that the name was originally DERBY, which among the lower English classes is even now pronounced, as by those simple people. The nationality is seems the pronunciation for this branch of the family is "Enrufty". However, there are some descendants of DERBY ENROUGHTY who spell the name ENROUGHTY and pronounce it DARBY. It seems that the two sons of DARBY ENROUGHTY (1): John and Darby(2), each had a son named John. To avoid confusion, they were referred to as John, son of John; and John, son of DERBY. The latter John eventually began to identify himself as John Darby; even though he never changed the spelling from Enroughty."
Other issues of "Tidewater Virginia Families" had additional information re: DARBY & ENROUGHTY. I transcribed all of that information & e-mailed it to a Whitlow researcher, David Cagle. (The Whitlow's intermarried with the DARBY/ENROUGHTY family). David posted all of my transcriptions on the Whitlow Rootsweb Mailing List in May 2002. Go to that Whitlow mailing list & hit the browse button for 2002 or type in DARBY/ENROUGHTY in the search box & that should allow you to read all of the transcriptions. If you have any problems let me know and I will send you hard copies of the info. My scanner is malfunctioning so I can't e-mail an attachment to you.
I hope this information will all be helpful. If you have any additional questions I will gladly try to answer them.
Good luck,
Pat O'Sullivan Corona

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