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Anchors and alternative spellings

Posted: 29 Jun 2000 4:29PM GMT
Edited: 26 Jul 2001 10:56AM GMT
The Anchors surname has several spelling variations in America. Many of these branches can all be traced back to a John Anchors who arrived in Anne Arundle County, Maryland about 1665. John was thought to have been born in London about 1630. The first record of him shows up in 1667. In 1673 he was renting 100 acres of land near the present site of Annapolis. We found several notes on the early family recorded in the Vesper Proceedings of St. Annes Protestant Episcopal Church, one of the oldest churches in America. Others spellings in these early records include Ankers, Anchors, Anchor, Anckors, Anker, Ancor, Anckers, Anchers, Ankor, and Ankar.
In the book by Dolan "English Ancestral Names: The Evolution of the Surname From Medieval Occupations" The fist 8 names in Group 10 indicates a smith equipped to make any kind of iron part a shipbuilder might demand. ANCHOR, ANKER, ANKERS,ANKERSMITH, ANKIER, ANNACKER, ANNERCAN, ANNERCAW, AND BOTSMITH.
Very few people could read and write in colonial times and these names are very similar phonecticly. On a document where Edward Anchors signed allegence to Maryland to join the Revolutionary Army he marked with his "E" rather than an "X". The Anchors/Ankers did have blacksmith shops for several generations in America.
I have seen notes of researchers in England that indicate that some of the Ankers were blacksmiths over there as well.
Our family tree is currently about 50% Anchors and the other 50% Ankers.
Don Anchors
SubjectAuthorDate Posted
anchorsd 11 Jun 1999 12:14PM GMT 
Shirley Anchors McDonald 16 Sep 1999 7:40PM GMT 
tina 15 Oct 1999 5:11AM GMT 
Bob Anchors 16 May 2000 7:16PM GMT 
GaryDWilson 17 Nov 2002 5:07PM GMT 
AUffinger 29 Dec 1999 3:58PM GMT 
VAlkana1583 26 Mar 2000 11:02AM GMT 
lorraine 27 May 2000 10:23AM GMT 
Michael Anchor 10 Jun 2000 9:29AM GMT 
anchorsd 29 Jun 2000 10:29PM GMT 
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