Problem is there have only been two Chewnings who have taken the tests with no information supplied on FTDNA and there have only been three Chownings who have taken the DNA tests with no information supplied, which then makes it kind of hard to see if they do or don't match DNA.
On records I have seen the name be interchangable sometimes in the same record. True, some could be the fault of the person who wrote the record or the person who transcribed the record.
When only a small percentage of the population could read, write and spell back in that time frame, the name was bound to be spelled different ways, doesn't necessarily mean they weren't related to others of a different spelling. And my heavens, with the different accents of that time span and even today, it's amazing how names or words are pronounced differenetly from section of the country to another section.
It's not the only name that has gone through spelling or pronunciation changes.
In my lines alone I have Payton/Peyton; Ayre/Ayers; Wofford/Warford/Wafford; Loyd/Lloyd. DNA tests have proven that all of some of each spelling of the name matched DNA or have other paper proof proving they are all the same, no matter how the name was spelled. Some don't match anyone of any of the spellings, that's when we have a "whoops", some momma had side fun.
In my Lloyd line, one great uncle, his kids, etc. continue to this day to spell the name Loyd and not Lloyd even though the rest of the family all spell it Lloyd. They live side by side, attended the same church, schools,are buried in the same cemeteries, but Lloyd are some and Loyd are others. But they are still the same family.
The early immigrants, Thomas and George Chewning/Chowning are just two subjects, both listed with both spellings of the name on records.
Instead of getting your shorts in a bunch, because someone spells the name or pronounces the name differently, we should all be working together to find whether we have a common ancestor, who more likely than not will come from England near the Chew River which flows for some 17 miles through the North Somerset countryside.
It does no good if a male Chewning or a male Chowning takes DNA tests and then doesn't share the results with the rest of us. Why bother to take the test? It's not going to prove anything without other proof such as paper records. A Chowning or a Chewning can yell to doomsday that he's not one or the other, so prove it.
Believe me, if I were a direct line male Chewning I would have taken the tests. If I knew any male line Chewning descendant personally, I would have tried my best to get him to take the tests, but I don't know one.
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