|Ken Childers||RE: Ellsworth family|
I don't know any of the history but what I've discovered is that in the 17th and 18th century the S often looked like an F. I think it is a style that was popular at the time. As far as the spelling of Ellsworth. I'm descended through a similar branch...Josiah-->Josiah-->Josiah-->Moses. My branch seemed to keep the spelling Ellsworth, but dropping an L from the spelling wouldn't surprise me in some branches. People couldn't spell very well then...Read some old wills and it becomes very evident.
Good luck on your quest. Let me know if you find any better reasoning. My last name is Childers but in my family there are people who spell it Childress and several other spellings.
Added by Ken Childers on Oct 29, 2010 9:11 AM