Re: Thomas Frizzell, Madison County, Missouri
The "correct" spelling of a surname is always an interesting topic for debate. I usually do not pay any attention to the manner of spelling of a particular surname if the name was being written by someone else. In one case by way of example, I have a Will written by counsel in the early 1800s and the testator's name was spelled no less than four different ways in this one document. I have seen Frizzell spelled any number of ways, including the examples you provide. That being said, usually when the name is written by a member of the family that can read and write it has been my experience that it is spelled "Frizzell" but scribes and enumerators spell it any way they think it should be spelled and phonetically the way they think the name was pronounced. It also depends on the dialect or accent of the speaker as well as the educational background of the person recording the information. And historically speaking, uniformity in the spelling of a name is of rather recent vintage.
Whether a man's name is spelled Owen or Oand in the census record does not matter if everything else matches up with the collective record. The web site that lists the multitude of ways that a name has been spelled or can be spelled usually runs in excess of 60 to 80 per name.
Frizzell works for me but it’s up to you. I recommend that the primary entries be consistent and have alternative spellings secondary with accompanying notes so your data can be searched. Sorry if this response went further than you may have expected but I have seen genealogies end up as just wishful thinking because of insistence on a certain spelling of a surname (Grandad never spelled ourname that way so he/she can't be part of our family).
It’s been several years since I’ve worked on Frizzell. As I recall the family came from the Carolinas through Tennessee and on to Missouri. My line keys in with Thomas Frizzell's daughter Clarissa Frizzell born about 1812. She is called Clara, wife of Uriah Johnson, in his Will.