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Re: FEARY family 1881 & 1901 UK census
Posted by: John Thatcher (ID *****4312) Date: February 07, 2005 at 14:47:58
In Reply to: FEARY family 1881 & 1901 UK census by Marlene of 24

It seems that a lot of records were written down by clergymen at a time when the majority of people (in an agricultural community) could neither read nor write. Given that local accents were very broad and that the clergy were educated outside of the community, they often interpreted the accented pronunciation of names in different ways. In the same village locations I have seen Feary, Farey, Fairy etc., all representing the same family group. Makes it all simpler somehow -NOT!

John


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