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Re: Earwood/Yearwood Confusion
Posted by: Sharon Walker Date: June 26, 2001 at 18:07:39
In Reply to: Earwood/Yearwood Confusion by W. D. Floyd of 519

Just wanted to add another possible spin to the Yearwood vs Earwood controvery that has gone on. My Yearwood married a Weist--his descendants go by the various last names of Weese, Weast, Wease, & Weace. All with the same proven ancestor who was probably originally a Weiss. Sometimes it is the ear and spelling ability of the census/record taker that comes into play. BUT--sometimes it is deliberatly done by a person or family group to distance themselves from another family group. For instance the SHELTONS got into a feud in Ireland & deliberately split into Shelton & Sheldon--the SMAWLEYS had a family member go insane and some changed their name to SMALLEY--John Marvel Weast had issues with his father & deliberately changed the spelling to WEESE--Jacob L. Weast's line changed their spelling to WEASE to try and sound less Germanic during WWII. Just food for thought here. The proof is in the records not the spelling.

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