> This is a VERY sad commentary on our illustrious census takers over the past 200 plus years.
> I couldn't in my wildest imaginations think up some of those variations.
I had a hard time believing some of them myself, if it weren't for the fact that I was tracking multiple families across many census years and trying every possible variation and wildcard characters I could think of to find some of 'em!
The spelling variation that's actually my favorite is the very first one, date-wise: Ebernathell. Found on the 1652 Headright Grant for one Robert West who paid passage for Robert Abernathy (and others) from England to Virginia and thereby got a large chunk of land while poor Robert entered into near slavery for 5 years!
The pity is that certain documentaion was required of Robert West to get the grant and said documentation was said to include the age, skills (if any), and possibly parent of the transportee, as well as where they were shipped from. Alas, once the headright grant was made the colony officials deliberately destroyed such supporting documentation as being USELESS!USELESS??Nonesense! Would be worth it's weight in platinum today, 'xcept it ain't around no more.