Joseph I was glad to see you correct your posting about Catherine Taylor Addy, wife of John Simeon Addy, Sr..I descend from their son George and also their son Jacob, both of whom came to Georgia in the early to middle 18oo's.I think it was the History of Coweta County, Georgia, that put the misinformation out about Catherine being a Page.Her surname is in my George Addy's Bible as Taylor.I have court records from Lexington Co., S.C., also that prove it.
The original name was Ade.It is German."The Ade family, being from Tubingen, were among the Wurttembergers." (The Georgia Dutch, George Fenwick Jones.)Interestingly Cathrine Taylor was German also.The German equivelant is Schneider and Schroder.Breiss became Price; Rahls became Ralls and then Rawls.Many other German names were Anglicized or corrupted in such fashion.The scribes in America settled for the most similar English name, resulting in a single name ending up spelled several different ways.The Ades and the Schneiders arrived at the same time in 1738 in Savannah.When they "quitted the colony" and went to S.C., first Charleston and then the Lexington area, descendants married into other German families that they joined there.All still adhering to their Lutheran faith.
Anyone who has traced his Addy/Abney line to England belongs to a different family from the one herein described.Some German Addys/Addes/Ades did go to England before sailing for America, and some may have even stayed in England.I have been told that there are Addys who are English, and not German at all. While I believe that is true,I have had no reason to research the English Addys. I have ascertained from translated German documents that my Addy line is German.