Letters to The Editor - March1997
This article was originally published in the March 1997 edition of Soul Search, the journal of The Sole Society.
At one point in the last magazine it was mentioned about the name SOULE being changed in spelling to SOUL, and when?
My line goes thus in the Olney, Buckinghamshire group:
Cornelius Soule, 1665‑1732
William Soule, 1691‑1751
Richard Soule (lace‑buyer), 1734‑1783
John Soul, 1775‑1858
Thomas Petit Soul, 1809‑1885
Joseph Brooks Soul, 1843‑1901
Ellen Josephine Soul (m. Brown), 1886‑1969
Helene Brown (m. Weaver), 1927‑
Dr. Carl Weaver, 1949‑
Kaiden Weaver, 1987‑
This seems to indicate when our line changed the spelling.
I am currently reading a fascinating (to me) book called The Stripping of the Altars, an account of traditional religion in England in the late mediaeval and early post Reformation times. The author quotes the will of a York metalworker in 1516 who stipulated that:
I wit to be done for my saull and all Christyn saulles the day of my beryall v masses of the v woundes of our Lord Jhesu.
An interesting example of an overlap between SAUL and SOUL in a context other than that of surnames!
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