When did name change from Matthews toMathewes?

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It may depend on the timeframe and location, but early census data, land records, wills etc. was collected by people who could read and write - and they often wrote what they 'heard' and spelled it the best they thought.

So if the census taker in 1670  was a native of England he might write down Davis, whereas a native Scot might write down Davies and someone else would write Daviss in another year or if the family moved to a different town.

It is not uncommon, particularly on early records to see this. Here are some examples of how this was spelled in MA prior to 1850:

MATHEU,  MATHEU,  MATHEWES,  MATHEWIS,  MATHEWIS,  MATHUES,   MATHUS,  MATHWES, MATTHEWES,  MATTHEWS,

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