Thank you for the info on the various spellings of my wife's maiden name. We are just beginning to work on her family tree.It is possible that the family came from Frederick County but have no proof of it at this time.We were surprised that my mother's family (Meredith) originated in Chester County, Pennsylvania (probably Quakers) in the late 1700's. Simon Meredith then moved to Frederick County, Maryland and was a Captain in the Frederick County Militia in the Revolutionary War.We believe the family, at that time, became Methodist as Quakers would support the war effort but not bear arms. The Hefners are a Catholic family, although we do not know if generations back they were of the Catholic faith. Appreciate your answer to this question.