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About the study
Distribution of the name
After the Revolutionary War and the opening of the American western and southern frontiers in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, many branches of the family, particularly those that left Virginia for points west and south, started to use or at least be identified by an abbreviated form of the name, i.e. P.Pool. One branch of the family adopted the form P'Pool. It is not clear how or why this change arose. Perhaps the widespread use of abbreviated forms by legal clerks was adopted by the families themselves. Finally, in the mid to latter part of the 19th century, many branches only inconsistently used the P.Pool and P'Pool forms and the name became assimilated in some branches to the more common surname, Pool or Poole.
While some of the reported information has appeared earlier in printed form, the article represents an effort to collate, analyze and interpret systematically available early records pertaining to the immigrant and his earliest colonial descendants. It also contains, to my knowledge, some heretofore unpublished records referring the various members of the family, reevaluates portions of the seminal Pettypool history written in the mid-20th century by David Bruce P'Pool, and attempts to document accurately the relationships within the earliest generations of this old Virginia family.
It can be found in Volume 47, Number 1 (January-March 2003) and continued in Volume 47, Number 2 (April-June 2003). To obtain an electronic copy of the article, please contact me at the email address below.
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