BlackSheep-L ArchivesArchiver > BlackSheep > 2002-09 > 1032859490
Subject: Re: [BS-L] Family Pedigree
Date: Tue, 24 Sep 2002 05:24:50 EDT
In a message dated 9/22/02 12:01:14 PM Pacific Daylight Time,
> I have verifiable proof of my Eade pedigree back thru my GGGG GGGG Grand
> parents (male and female). After that it gets fuzzy because apparently
> literacy was not a very strong suit in Great Britain prior to the early
> 1600's. I have encountered some families with various spellings of the
> One family has the spelling Eade, Ede, Eede, and Eads, even Head all in the
> same family. Each of the children had a different spelling. My guess is
> whoever recorded the birth spelled it the way it sounded. Since the "H" is
> silent in many uses in English, this could account for the "Head" spelling.
> My Father's Mother's line, Dabb, is clean and verified also back thru the
> GGGG GGGG Grand Parents. No name variations here
I hear ya, cousin. My Littlefields are said to be closely related to the
Titchfields and the Litchfields in Merry Olde England. My own theory, so far
unproven, is that even literate Britons of the day had horrible handwriting.
One would think that this is a bad thing for a scribe, but in truth it might
have been what amounted to job security...nobody is going to get rid of a
scribe if nobody else can read their handwriting. However, once the scribe
passes, his replacement may have a heck of a job making heads or tails of
what he wrote!
Calvin B. Littlefield, IBSSG
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