Philbrook Family Genealogy Forum
Though a majority of the family now spell their names "Philbrick", for 200 years or more, many of them have spelled their names "Philbrook", as it has been generally pronounced. I endeavor to follow the forms I find in the records sent me. In the Province Rate of Hampton in 1680, I find the names of James and Samuel spelled "Philbrick", but of Thomas and Jonathan, "Philbrook". A rate in 1682-3 spells all the names "Philbricke", another in 1682 spells all of them "Philbrook". In 1693 Thomas, selectman, writes his name "Philbrick". On 2 March, 1693-4 in "a copie of a bond &c", Samuel, Thomas and Jonathan all spell their names "Philbrook". In 1682, Thomas, testifying to the settlement of his brother John's estate, signs his name "Philbrook"; but at some other times he signs it "Philbrick". It seems evident that the name was usually pronounced "Philbrook"; and quite a number of the grand children of the Emigrant, Thomas, an original proprietor and settler of Kingstown, usually spelled their names "Philbrick", but in 1720 Jedediah, one of the ablest and most intelligent of the family signed his name "Philbrook".
The above was taken from the book by Jacob Chapman, "The Descendants of Thomas Philbrick, the emigrant, 1583-1667". If you have information you would like to share, or questions you would like to ask, I suggest you check out the GenForum page for PHILBRICK. I expect that there will be more activity there (at least I hope so).
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