Are you aware that it was against the law for an enumerator to ASK the householder HOW TO SPELL THEIR NAME!!!!!
The government didn't want to embarrass the householder if he/she wasn't able to spell their own name.
Also way back when, it was the law that only men could be enumerators.
They had to know how to write, but nothing was stated in their rules that they had to know how to spell.
If the adults were not at home at the time of the visit, then the enumerator had the right to ask the questions of anyone who was in the house at the time of his visit.
If no one was at home at all, the enumerator had the right to ask the questions of a neighbor.
Now you know why there are age variations, and place of birth variations, and so many ways of spelling the names.
Also the enumerator had to use a #10 black ink, which he had to buy him self.When his ink started to get low, some of them would water it down, to make it stretch.That is why some census is so pale.The watered down ink, never kept it's color.