There has been a couple concerns about the John Booz-Bowles post. Below
is my reply to Cheryl. Below that is a post made by Sandi Gorin, owner
of SCKY list. Hope this helps.
Bowles, Bows,Booz,ect, it's all in who is doing the spelling. Yes they
are all surnames taken from Bowles, Bools, Boles, ect. Who knows which
"Why can't I find my family?" By Sandi Gorin
Spelling. I'd like you to figure how many people have transcribed a
peron's name - lets take a marriage for example. Mary and John come in
married. The clerk writes out the marriage bond. He says: Your name
(he was a courteous clerk). Mary answers shyly Mary Bird. The
groom-to-be replies John Smith. Easy, right? Well, the poor clerk
these people from Adam and Eve and he writes it like he hears it. Mary
and John Smythe. (we had an English clerk here in Barren Co who turned
the Smiths into Smythes and the James into Jeames, etc!).
Ok - likely in the early days, neither Mary or John could read all that
well so they don't correct him. Bond is issued with witnesses. They get
married without a hitch and the minister who married them has to turn in
a "marriage return" to the County Clerk's office that the marriage was
performed. The minister knows the people ok but enters Mary Byrd and
John Smithers in a hurry. The paper goes back to the County Clerk's
for entry in the big book (you know - those oversized ones that won't
a copy machine.
The County Clerk is out sick that day and his deputy makes the entry. He
can't read the minister's handwriting all that well and doesn't think it
matters, so he writes down Martha Curd to John Smoot. Mary is now
Martha, Bird is now Curd, John has gone from Smith to Smoot.
120 years later, the page is microfilmed and a genealogist, eager to
save the records of the county, starts transcribing the records on one
those old, neck breaking microfilm machines. Someone has spilled coffee
the entry she's transcribing, there's a cigar ash burn on top of the
she does her best. She looks at Martha Curd and sees Martha Curl. John
is smeared - surely looks like a James to her and she writes down James
She rushes to her typewriter or computer and starts entering all the
data. Like all of us, we make typos. She types Martha Vurl to James
She publishes her book and low and behold, we buy the book or watch for
a posting on a web list. We are desperate to find out if Mary Bird
John Smith in Barren Co. NOTHING! We've wasted our money. They're not
there, just this Martha Vurl to James Snotty. Well, where DID they
The moral of the story. We all make mistakes and we weren't the first.
With the handwriting of the early days in the county, it IS hard to
sometimes. A double ss at the end of a word was written to look like a
p. A J and I were written the same. Jos could be Jas. Martha might be
Mattie. Names were written as they sounded to the listener ... Gorin is
clobbered in pronounciation to this day and I magically turn into Goren,
Goran, Gorham, Goring, Goin, Gorine, Goreen, and it's only 5 letters
What about really long names?
So - check, check and double check!
----- Original Message -----
From: "Cheryl R. Houin" <houincr(a)myvine.com
"Leathel Bowles" <LEATHEL(a)worldnet.att.net
Monday, July 29, 2002 4:56 PM
Subject: Re: John Bowles
It's not. Booz/Boos is a surname, too.
This down home collection tells the whole story. "The Oscar Getz Museum
Whiskey History displays a 50-year collection of rare artifacts and
concerning the American whiskey industry dating from pre-Colonial days
post-prohibition years. The container room displays white oak barrels
with antique bottles and jugs. Of particular interest is an 1854 E.G.
bottle from which the word booze is derived."
I'm not making this up.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Leathel Bowles" <LEATHEL(a)worldnet.att.net
Sent: Sunday, July 28, 2002 9:15 PM
Subject: John Bowles
Anyone know which John Bowles this is? Born about 1726.
Pensioners under Act of March 18,1818
John Booz, 92, Private, Virginia Line, June 9, 1818, December 1,1820