I'm working on some 17th century Sussex profiles. The father's marriage record surname is Claiton, each of the children's christening records are listed as Claiton, except for one, a middle child is listed as Clayton.
The death record is later listed as Claiton.
I do not have a copy of the christening record, just the index. The family later used the name Clayton and I'm wondering if the index is a typo?
Lets assume for a moment that the entire family is illiterate or has no say in what the priest writes in the christening book - the priest just writes it as it sounds. If the whole family is Claiton, should I match the LNAB of this child or stick with the Clayton spelling that I find in the index that might be also wrong?