I am new to this website, so it is a bit of a time since this thread came across. However, I wanted to let you know that we are descended from the NY line of the Scism family. My Uncle and one cousin and his son are the only male relatives left that I am aware of that carry that name in this branch. My siblings (4 of which are brothers) and I are related to them by my mother, whose maiden name is Scism. She has been doing a lot of work with researching our part of the family line, and has also noted that many of them were illiterate (at least in English), which has led to quite a few variations in the spelling of the name, all depending on how clearly they spoke and what the person hearing it thought it should look like in print. I do not know if you still monitor these posts, but feel free to reply if you do. Thanks.