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Saturday, September 29, 2012

How do you spell that name?

I have been absent from posting the past week as I am trying to add my family tree to  I thought that I would finish in a week or so, but it's been over a month and I am still working.  I have put a lot of time into the tree and decided that, just as my family research, the tree will never be finished.  So, hopefully, by tomorrow, I will have my unfinished tree posted. 

As I was adding information about my great-grandmother, Harriet Albritton Bryan, I wondered if her name was spelled with one "t" or with two.  Family researchers spell it both ways.  I have been using one "t" in my family tree, but find it very easy to add that second "t."  

I decided to go back to the original source, Harriet Albritton Bryan.  After my great-great-grandfather's death, Harriet signed the "Partition of Slaves" portion of the estate settlement for her husband, Terrell Bryan, while he was serving in the Confederate Army.  

A  look at the above signature left me undecided as it could be one "t" or two.  My next closest resource would be Terrell and Harriet's family bible. As you see below, it was written with one "t" for both her birth and death entries. 

So, for my family tree, Harriet will be spelled with one "t." However, do you see my other dilemma? Harriet wrote Terrell's name with one "l." I have always used two. . . . 


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