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From: Michael Cassidy <>
Subject: Re: [Sc-Ir] Name changes LOYD
Date: Mon, 28 Nov 2005 12:19:47 -0500
As Linda said spelling before 1900 is very inconsistent, and my
spelling still stinks.
I have two McNeil families.
Both have been found in various documents as McNeil and MacNeil.
One is Methodist they other Catholic; both have Scottish ties.
My grandmother use MacAree with 'ac' as small by the top of the 'M' on
her marrgiage license; though every other doc has McAree.
I have a Byrnes spelled: Burnes, Burns, Buyrnes, and Byrnes, which is
the spelling it finally settled on.
I have an Rorke that has been spelled: Rork, Rorke, Ruark, Rourk, and
Rourke. All by the way with and without the 'O.'
My Pattisons spelled their Pattison but many documents use Patterson,
Patison, and Paterson - they didn't do spelling.
The there is Margaret Abbott Pattison; who with her daughter Margaret
suddenly changed their names to Frances around 1880.
The nice part is now I know why my grandmother was named Frances.
"Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being
run by smart people who are putting us on or by
imbeciles who really mean it." - Mark Twain