Thanks for the thoughts Blair.
Unfortunately, there is no sign of any relevant wills. I don't *think*
Pickstock v. Pickstone is an example of idiosyncratic spelling. There
are plenty of Pickstock variants (Pigstock, Pixtock, etc..) and no doubt
ditto for Pickstone. However, all the variants that I've found sound the
same to me or are tiny variants - e.g. one Cheshire Pickstock was
transported to Tasmania and his descendants became Pitstock I am told.
The last syllables of Pickstock and Pickstone seem to me to be a
different matter with the consonant pronounced in a different part of
the mouth, so to me the difference is not just spelling but one of basic
sounds. The two names occupy different parts of Cheshire whereas if it
were simply different spellings of roughly the same sound, I'd expect to
see a mix. (Although my Pickstocks first appear on the edge of the
Pickstone area, which is how I got wondering whether there might be a link).
On 17/09/2014 08:00, sog-uk-request(a)rootsweb.com wrote:
... Spelling in the seventeenth century was notoriously
idiosyncratic: have you been able to locate any original documents (wills?) bearing the
names and hopefully signatures. I have seen wills of this period and earlier where the
same person's name was written differently, even by the same scribe.