MELL entered my family around 1830 when SARAH MELL married ISAAC J. RICHARDSON.
SARAH MELL was born in 1808, she was Christened at St. John's/Hain's/Caucusi Reformed Church (now UCC)on December 23, 1808. Her father is listed as being WILLIAM MELL, it did not list her mother's given name or anything about her mother. I guessed at WILLIAM's birth date to be around 1788 but have no records to back that up. Unfortunately, like so many families the given names of WILLIAM and, especially, JOHN, are very common.
As to the spelling of the surname; MEHL is very feasible as well as MILL.
Around 400 families were sent from SE PA in the early 1700's down the valleys along the mountains into Maryland, Virginia Tennessee, and Kentucky. The BOONE family was among them. My OAKS family and my ZERBE family were apparently among them. A ZERBE became the first governor of Frankland, which became Tennessee. He was the first governor of both. The spelling was changed to SERVIAS or something like that. I have found at least 16 ways of spelling ZERBE. There is no reason to think that MELL would be any different than other surnames. My OAKS is up to 12 spellings, including AX, AXE, OX, UX, OAKS, and OAKES. I have found the same person in city directories of Reading, PA with the surname spelled three different ways over a period of years.
I am just now getting into MELL. The Passenger and Immigration Lists show quite a number of MELL, especially with the given name WILHELM (WILLIAM).
MELL came to America in the early 1700's in Nova Scotia; New York, New York; Philadelphia, South Carolina, and Barbados. Pennsylvania was the most common place. As for MEHL, there are about three times as many entries as for MELL. I suspect the spelling depended on the person who wrote the information down. They came to America in the same places as MELL, with the addition of Baltimore.
Unfortunate it looks as if we have to work with both spellings. :-(
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