Dear Mary Woods,
I don't know where to go from here, really.
Because Thornton spelled his surname other
ways. Provins,Province,Provence,Provvins, &
Provvens. When I was born, in 1955, it was
Provens. About 1900 the Ohio Provvens's
dropped the v to make it easier to write.
Which, that makes no sense to me. A name is
a name. Why do that? So, his son John was
in Oklahoma and I have him on the 1899 census
as John Provvens, born Ohio. But, his death
certificate says John Provvins and his head
stone says Proovins. That was a new one on
me. What does Elizabeth Purviance of KY
have to do with this problem of mine?
There was also a death in 1856 in Ohio of a
man named Proviance.
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