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!
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