Willet, Willets, Willett, Willetts

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Willets-157 and Willetts-74 appear to represent the same person... The surnames of  Willet, Willets, Willetts and Willett appear to be used inter-changeably.  Sources on Willets-157 use the spelling of Willetts; unfortunately, only transcriptions have been found without original primary sources.  A compilation by Jacob Edgar Bookstäver in 1906, attempts to show the lineage is likely all tied together and this may be best handled by the Huguenot project.  It is interesting to note the book's title "The Willet" and  "Coat of Arms" denote the spelling Willet; though, multiple spellings are found through-out this book.  In retrospect, proposing that profiles with both spellings need to be merged will likely become very tedious and a beginning note in the biography of this commonly found spelling conundrum is likely a good way to follow this lineage.  In addition, all profiles whether found with the one spelling or the other should have the other spellings of that found on LNAB placed in the other last names field.

WikiTree profile: Henry Willets
in Genealogy Help by David Wilson G2G6 Pilot (101k points)
edited by David Wilson

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That's a tough one. The only original records are the census records which use Willetts consistently but the transcribed Quaker Records which were  cited use Willits. The Find A Grave memorial does also. I wonder if the person who contributed that memorial might have more information.  I didn't find any variation listed under American Society of Huguenots Ancestors list.
by Paula J G2G6 Pilot (250k points)

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