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Carnley, Cantaline, Cantline name use

From: Ronnie Silcox
Date: 05 Jul 2001
Time: 21:07:26
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I have a copy of the Bounty Land Application file for Jerimiah Carnley base on service in the Creek Indian Wars (see my other posts on Creek Wars 1836).

What is interesting here is that Jerimiah filed one form in 1851 under the name of "Carnley". In 1855 following a new act of Congress he filed for additional land under the name "Cantaline, alis Cantline". (this is all filed together by the National Archives and it does appear to be the same person)

Most of the records on Jerimiah are as "Carnley", including his discharge papers from 1836. On all of the forms his signature appears as "X his mark". I think this explain some of the difference in names. Jerimiah did not change the way he spelled his name. He never could spell it in the first place! No disrespect intended to our ancestors, but I suspect that within the family, just like may settlers of the early 1800's, the name was passed down orally more so than in written form. The variations we see in records are other people's attempts to translate the spoken name into written word.

At any rate, this is one case of both "Carnley" and "Cantaline" variations popping up on rather important legal documents as late as the 1850's.

If you are looking for census, land, or whatever records do not overlook the various other spellings.

My 2 cents, for what ever it is worth

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