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Posted: 22 Sep 2002 9:33PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 26 Dec 2004 1:10AM GMT
Surnames: Calhoon, Calhoun
Hello, Linda
I am a Calhoon by marriage (The family is from Kentucky, but originated in W. Virginia, I believe) and the story that my husband family subscribes to is that the spelling change came as a result of the slavery issue. They claim that the Calhoon's did not have slaves and that they changed the name to disassociate from the slave owner families.
I'm not entirely convinced that's true, as my husband's great great uncle had "negro's" listed in his will, but since he left property to them, I have a hunch they may not have been slaves, but descendents. My husbands' family are Irish and Scot. (tracing to Robert the Bruce, as a matter of fact) and with NO hint of German at all.
I have a spelling change in my maternal grandmother's name as well, and that dates to the Revolutionary war. They ended up on the wrong side and moved to Canada and changed the last part of the last name from "steen" to "sted".
Another reason, might have been a literacy issue and not intentional at all.
Linda Calhoon
SubjectAuthorDate Posted
LindaCox60 17 Mar 2002 7:10AM GMT 
ValorieCowanZ... 17 Mar 2002 8:25AM GMT 
lindacalhoon0... 23 Sep 2002 3:33AM GMT 
Mark Calhoon 14 Oct 2002 6:43PM GMT 
dcalhoun15 25 Dec 2004 11:09PM GMT 
ggoorrddoonn 7 Aug 2008 2:36AM GMT 
E_Wruck 15 Mar 2009 1:46PM GMT 
YKayH 7 Jan 2013 12:01AM GMT 
Jenna Allen 11 Nov 2015 5:09PM GMT 
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