Tonken or Jenkin surname conflict

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Family search has a record for James Tonken OR Jenkin with a daughter named Elizabeth Tonken or Jenkin. Elizabeth was christened on 15 Feb 1767 in St Just in Penwith, Cornwall. Is it possible that the transcriber couldn't make out the correct surname from the record and how does one find out what the real surname is.

'England Births and Christenings 1538-1975.

(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J9SG-YB5 : 30 December 2014), James Tonken Or Jenkin in entry for Elizabeth Tonken Or Jenkin, 15 Feb 1767; citing SAINT JUST IN PENWITH,CORNWALL,ENGLAND, reference ; FHL microfilm 226,217, 226,218, 962,681.
in Genealogy Help by Pat Kelynack G2G6 Mach 4 (42.1k points)
Hmm.  There are Jenkins and Tomkins in the parish, and several with "or".

Could be there are several where the transcriber couldn't tell, or could be a family was using an alias.
It is kind of weird. It's also a pity one cannot access that record on the internet just to have a look. I'd love to know the answer

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The PR image is available here on FamilySearch.

Looks like JENKEN when comparing the first letter to names like Thomas or James.

 

by Vivian Egan G2G6 Mach 6 (67.8k points)
selected by Robin Lee
Thanks so much. I printed this document and will really have to read properly as the image quality is very faint. I did chat with Diane Donuhue at OPC and she also sent a piece of document and seems to think the correct  surname is Jenken

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