A recent DNA match and paper records show there is a connection between PIKE and SPEIGHT. New DNA results have shown I’m somehow related to a Henry Speight b. abt.1836 in Thrybergh, Yorkshire, England. How we are related, we don’t know.
However, a book of about 130 pages, written by Ruth G Pike (probably in the 1980s) about the family of James Pike of Charlestown and Reading, shed some light on the interchange of the two surnames
On page 2 is a quote for the first record placing James in the new world. It's the birth record for his son: "Spight, James, sonne of James Spight, born 1 (11) 1646 (or by the revised calendar, 1 Jan. 1647)" ... see page 762 of "Genealogies and Estates of Charlestown" by Thomas Bellows Wyman, printed by David Clapp & Son, Boston, 1879.
As for James, given that spellings the time would have been done by somebody *hearing* James' name and doing his best to record it, it could easily be that the S in SPIKE is really just the s at the end of James getting slurred into the next word. Apparently, James' surname was at times also recorded as Spigh, Spight, Spike, Pyke, Peake, Pick, Pieck.
So if you are researching the SPIKE surname…surf over to the PIKE DNA project and consider having your DNA done.
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