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From: johndortco <>
Subject: Re: [MDAll'gny] Re: [MDALLEGA] Accents & the Census Taker
Date: Thu, 17 Jan 2002 18:38:51 -0500
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Hi, Elaine, excellent point. To compound on the equation, I've even seen names and
pronunciations change by getting a new census taker and the family living in the same place.
John, also in Ohio
Elaine D Tomkins wrote:
> Heck, Kathleen, they didn't even have to come from another country. If they so much
> as had an accent different from the census taker's, the name was spelled somewhat
> strangely. My GG-Grandfather Moreland moved his family from eastern Hampshire Co.,
> WV, across the river to Oldtown in the early 1860's, a distance of about 20 miles.
> The family name appeared on the 1870 Allegany Co. Census as "Moland." I had to go
> through the census page-by-page to find them and almost overlooked them. I was used
> to finding it as Morland, but not as Moland, y'all. By 1880, it was spelled
> correctly--guess they had lost their southern accent by then.
> Elaine, also in Ohio
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