October 12, 2014
Seems there is a great deal of confusion over the spelling of this female name in my Wheeler and Watson family lines in the 18th and early 19th centuries.
Well, which is it ?? Seems to change back and forth between using E or A, as I have seen with others, including these two who confused me when I first found the name spelled with an A.
Mercy Watson 1778-1817, wife of Ezra Lester
Mercy Watson 1810-1882, wife of Col John Watson
Her NYC death certificate & Woodlawn memorial both use A
Seems she was named for her aunt Mrs Mercy Lester above
Today I found another one, Mercy Stanton …or was it Marcy? Looks like A wins in this case.