Reading first name for Samples surname in Virginia Tax records of 1806?

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In the Virginia Tax records for Rockingham County in 1806, I see the following name written:

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I read the last name as Samples, but the first name I can't figure out. As best as I can read, it says Bethuel, but I've never heard of that name.

WilliamKF

Posted 2017-07-16T23:23:05.897

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Answers

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Here it is again in 1809:

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And in 1810:

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In 1811:

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So it appears that Bethuel is correct.

Bethuel is an Aramean name from the bible.

WilliamKF

Posted 2017-07-16T23:23:05.897

Reputation: 5 145