Dow Family Genealogy Forum
I initially came to the same conclusion, but then realized that capitalization rules of today don't apply here. I have seen lots of old documents with common nouns capitalized, and proper nouns not. So lack of a capital by itself is not enough to draw a conclusion. In fact, the very same will has thomas, mary, and martha in one place and Thomas, Mary and Martha in another.
Do you have any examples of the use of the word "lately" used in this context, i.e. by a wife who has been married for a long time to her husband , and whose husband is still alive?
Also, this was her statement added at the end - it wasn't her husband referring to her by that name. I haven't seen that in other wills, so don't know what the wording usually was. I have never seen anything to convince me that any of these theories are anything more than theories. Doubt anyone will ever know what it meant.
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