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Triggs/Friggs
Posted by: Bob Frakes Date: March 05, 2002 at 13:41:28
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For those of you out there doing Triggs research:

One of the spellings of the early Frakes was Friggs. Joe Frakes has done some wonderful work researching the usage of the "gg" and "i" when used with the "gg". Friggs was really pronounced something like the phonetic "fraaks". The "gg" was pronounced like a hard "k" and the "i" was pronounced like a long "a" when used with the "gg". Remember the "k" was not "invented" when the early Friggs were around.

I've been doing some interesting research in Maryland lately and came to a remarkable revelation the other day quite by accident. There is a record in the Maryland archive that tells of Nathan Triggs petitioned the Court to be paid his bounty for Indian scalps taken during the his battles with the Indians. Nathan's name was spelled Triggs and Friggs in the same record. My revelation is that a cursive T and a cursive F are exactly the same except for the crossbar on the vertical stroke of the T. What does this mean for Frakes and Trigg/Triggs researchers?

There are many many Triggs in the Maryland records that are probably related to the Friggs/Frakes. We will never know how many of the Triggs were actually Friggs and vice-versa.

Some interesting food for thought...

Bob Frakes
Oklahoma City


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