Can a Pre-1500 Certified member merge Tilly-6 into Tilley-203?

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WikiTree profile: Henry Tilly
in Policy and Style by Marc Cohen G2G2 (2.2k points)

2 Answers

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Yes they should be merged, I tried, but Tilley-203 has not been approved for a merge yet, I adopted the orphaned profile and approved the merge on that side, so now we wait.

Interesting! Tilley is the spelling that the one profile with sources uses, but the source, the will, uses the spelling of Tilly.  His children are split in the spelling used.

Do you have any insights?
by D Z G2G6 Mach 1 (15.3k points)
My ancestors varied between Humphrey and Humphreys, on a more or less random basis.  I just shrug.
Thanks. As for the spelling, I have no further insights. Dellinger-332, who proposed the merge, suggested that Tilley was the preferred spelling, so I went with that.
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Regarding the spelling, I recently bought the book "John Howland of the Mayflower" Vol 1 - The First Five Generations Documented Descendants Through his first child Desire Howland and her husband Captain John Gorham", by Elizabeth Pearson White, copyright 1990, 2014 edition.

On pages 2 and 3 the marriage of John Howland and Elizabeth Tilley, with her parents, is written "Tilley". There is a long list of people who assisted with the book, all members of the Mayflower Society. The Society's website spells the family name "Tilley" also.

So my conclusion is that Tilley is the preferred spelling. I thought you might like to know how I came to that conclusion.

Names from that era are tricky because names (and most words) were not standardized, and there are examples of the same name being spelled different ways in the same document.
by April Dauenhauer G2G6 Pilot (109k points)

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