Thanks for responding to my posting, Christine.You make a good point, which I hadn't thought of.
If we do include the Wefsel spelling in a posting, I suggest that we also include some explanation making it clear that the name is not really spelled that way and that the German script can give us that incorrect impression.
The reason I wrote my posting was that I felt bad about the idea that some Wessel researchers might be wasting time, money, and brain power trying to figure out how or why the name was changed from Wefsel to Wessel, or maybe writing to German pastors or archives asking for information about people named Wefsel.
I think it's important that Wessel researchers know that the name was never really spelled Wefsel, but I agree with you that itis reasonable to include that spelling in a posting, as long as it's explained.
At least your posting and my reply have created a little activity on the board, and that's a good thing.